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Windrush Bike Project are a community interest company based in West Oxfordshire bringing together cycle training, maintenance, campaigning and culture.
Their vision is to make the bike the vehicle of choice for short journeys in and around Witney, resulting in better health and well-being, a stronger community and a cleaner environment.
They aim to develop and grow their Bikeability cycle training work in schools and for individuals; to set up a community space for bike maintenance, training and information; and to campaign on active travel by
- Increasing levels of bike use and ownership in and around Witney
- Enabling disadvantaged people to participate in cycling and develop bike maintenance skills
- Ensuring that the modal shift to active travel is enacted through all local policies and developments
- Reducing the number of bikes going to landfill
They organise cycle training and run workshop sessions on building and maintaining bikes for groups, organise activity and therapeutic bike rides and provide information and advice on most things bike.
Volunteers, donations and supporters are welcome, why not take a look at their website for details of events?
The Green Tree House Craft Cafe is a volunteer run, non-profit cafe in Biddulph with regular community groups, creative and craft activities and exciting events.
They provide a vital space where people can come and be part of something, providing affordable meals and shelter from social isolation.
They cater to dietary needs and where they can help, they do. They may not be big but love Biddulph and its community.
Take a look at their Facebook page for details of events and activities or why not simply pop in to the cafe at 72, High Street, Biddulph?
Friend In Need are an independent charity seeking to provide for older adults, living in the Borough of Barnet and in particular, East & New Barnet.
At present, they offer various activities such as exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance, IT training etc, so that older adults may have a friendly environment in which they can meet & enjoy doing things together. They also offer a hot lunch Mon -Thurs & Sat. Note that there is a reasonable charge for lunch & each activity.
Friend In Need would not be able to do the work it does without the support of its volunteers who work alongside FIN staff as part of a team. Personalised inductions, ongoing supervision and training are available for each volunteer.
Volunteer roles include activity centre helpers, befrienders, receptionists, DIY helpers, mini bus drivers and travel assistants.
If you can spare just a couple of hours and would be interested in joining the team, then please just pop in for a chat. Further information is available on the website.
Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.
Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why Turn2us can help people find the support you need to get back on track.
The Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.
The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.
Their help is available through their website, helpline and through their partners.
If you wish to get involved, opportunities include volunteering to get help to those in need, fundraising or donating.
Squirrels community scrap scheme collects materials from factories, offices, shops and private homes. They sort and display them at The Old Allotment Hut, Boscombe Road, Worcester Park.
They have a membership of over 300 organisations who can select from a vast range of selected, clean waste materials to meet art, craft, recreational, educational, therapeutic or fundraising activities.
All this is available for a small annual membership fee. Further details on how to become a member are available on the website.
Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home. National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.
High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis. Right now, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
The key to tackling this problem is improving the energy efficiency of housing, to address the injustice that sees the poorest households spending £1 billion more a year on energy compared to non-fuel poor households. There is also a need to improve the quality of, and access to, energy advice and services; recognise the impact that welfare reform is having on fuel poverty levels in the UK; and ensure that all households are able to engage in the competitive energy market.
You can get involved either as an individual member or as part of a Corporate Partner, working in collaboration to tackle fuel poverty.
Act on Energy encourage energy conservation by providing free and impartial advice to householders and small businesses in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Solihull and the surrounding local areas. If you live in these areas you can contact them for advice by phone or using their contact form.
The website contains useful resources, together with a FAQ section to help people improve insulation and reduce energy usage in their properties.
Ever wanted to learn more about the fungi that grow in Leicestershire?
The Leicestershire Fungi Study Group was were founded in 1980 and are affiliated with
- Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society,
- British Mycological Society
- Leicestershire Museums Service.
Their aims are to encourage the study of fungi and their allies, especially in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
They are an informal group who value friendship and social contact and have a good mix of experts and beginners and who make children especially welcome.
Members’ interests range from very general to more specific, like lichens, slime moulds, fungal pests and diseases, and even cooking and painting.
The group orgainse meetings and forays, produce a newsletter and have access to fungi libraries and collections.
So if you are interested in fungi, why not take a look at the website and get involved?
The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham has been operating since 2014 – rescuing over 15 tonnes of waste food and serving over 2,000 meals every month. The project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources; turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for all on a “Pay-As-You-Feel” basis.
They have regular cafés all over the city, food boutiques, a Sharehouse, and we run a Freegan Box scheme. They also pop up at many different events around Birmingham; check out the calendar on the website for dates and locations of the next 10 places you can find us. They’re also available for catering.
If you want to support them, they operate on a pay-as-you-feel basis so you can visit one of their cafes or order a freegan box. Volunteers and donations are also most welcome.
Pop along to their website to see how they #feedbelliesnotbins
Beat the Cold aims to:
- deliver a service that will reduce the ill health, deaths and misery suffered by vulnerable households because of fuel poverty.
- share their expertise in finding and supporting those households who need help but are ‘hard to reach.’
- help create low carbon communities.
Beat the Cold aims to reduce the incidence of fuel poverty and cold-related illness in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. It brings together an unusually diverse partnership of local authorities, voluntary and statutory agencies, fuel companies, health and social care agencies and community groups.
They inform, advise and make referrals for households – through telephone advice, events, talks and displays, and a winter leaflet.They target disadvantaged households that need to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel, helping them to apply for measures and grants to improve energy efficiency and giving advice on using fuel, paying for fuel and services from other agencies. They also offer advice on renewable technology and feed-in tariffs.
If you or someone you know could benefit from a chat with a Beat the Cold advisor to see if they can save you money on your fuels bills, or help you improve your comfort in your own home, contact them today.
If you wish to offer funding, equipment or volunteer for them please contact them via details on their website.
Lowestoft Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
You can support your local foodbank by volunteering or donating goods to them.
Derbyshire Toy Libraries has over 2,000 toys and resources to lend. The toys are fun, durable and stimulating and allow children to develop important skills.
Experienced Toy Library Co-ordinators can help you select toys, offering great tips and ideas for creative play to help bring out the best in your child.
They run regular sessions for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and each Stay & Play session is run by experienced playworkers and volunteers. Your child can discover new activities while you enjoy a cuppa and a chat with other parents and carers. And then you can borrow toys and games to take home, for just a few pence.
Whay not volunteer? It's fun, rewarding and there’s never a dull moment. Derbyshire Toy Libraries offer a range of opportunities for volunteers and anyone looking for relevant work experience. All volunteers are given support and training, so it’s a good way to boost your career.
Volunteers can help with:
• Toy purchasing and donation drives
• Welcoming hosts and customer care
• Play and fundraising events
• Marketing and communications includong distributing flyers
• Grant applications
• Website and IT support
For further information including a large toy database to look through and details of locations for sessions please see the website.
Birmingham Back to Backs is a carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses.
You can enjoy a fascinating guided tour which tells the story of the ordinary people that made Birmingham an extraordinary city. There are lots of things to discover during a visit including a unique 1930s sweet shop that's not to be missed!
As visits are only by guided tours only, tours do include the climbing of stairs, but so they can share the story with everyone, they also offer ground floor tours.
They are always ready to welcome new volunteers so take a look at the website to see the kind of roles they offer and how to join the team.
They redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. By doing so they support communities and save lives.
They redistribute fresh, in-date and good to eat surplus from the food industry, which would otherwise go to waste.
They reach 1,500 towns and cities through 21 Regional Centres across the UK, which can be found from Aberdeen to Brighton.
They reach frontline charities and community groups, including homeless hostels, childrens breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges and community cafés. These groups turn it into meals for vulnerable people.
Last year they redistributed enough food for 36.7 million meals. But it’s about more than meals - the organisations they supply food to are places that provide life changing support, as well as lunch and dinner.
If you run a group who could utilise some of this surplus food then why not get in touch? Contact details are on the website.