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Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and is the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation, offering vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis.
They support people
Suffering from life altering illnesses
Experiencing poverty, bereavement and domestic violence
Retired from the industry who may be isolated
The money they raise goes towards
Grants for essential items including food, equipment and central heating
Supporting our often isolated and lonely retired hospitality workers
Running educational seminars advising catering students of the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse
There are many ways to get involved - perhaps as a member or volunteer befriender or you may want to donate or help to fundraise for this charity, then please see the website for further details.
Their vision is to see deaf or disabled people in work which fulfils their aspirations and potential, delivering cleaning, office cleaning, gardening and grounds maintenance, painting, and other maintenance services to commercial, domestic and third sector customers.Details of services offered and ways to contact them are on the website.
Bipolar UK are a national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year they reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through a range of services.
Their Peer Support Line offers practical information, advice and support by phone and email, as well as through information on the website.
Support Groups are based around the country, free to attend and are open to all individuals affected by bipolar including those with a diagnosis, those pre-diagnosis, their family members, friends and carers.
The eCommunity is a supportive online forum for everyone affected by bipolar. It gives individuals a safe and secure environment to discuss the challenges they face, and to share experiences with others.
Their Employment Support service supports individuals affected by bipolar and who are experiencing issues in the workplace and is open to both employers and employees.
Further details of these services are on the website.
Redditch Foodbank don’t think anyone in their community should have to face going hungry which is why they provide 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.
They want to make sure that no one in the local community has to go hungry, but need help to make this happen. A gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.
There are lots of ways to get involved as a volunteer and whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis. Roles include warehouse volunteer, voucher coordinator, foodbank centre helper and web editor.
Further details of these roles and how you could get involved are on the website.
Highlands Gardens is a public garden in Barnet, North London, UK. The main entrance is at the junction of Abbotts Road and Leicester Road, New Barnet, near postcode EN5 5EB.
It is open from dawn to dusk every day, the gates are locked at night. It closes at 4.30pm between November and February.
The gardens are maintained by the local council, the London Borough of Barnet.
The Friends are a group of local people who take an interest in the gardens, do a bit of work (weeding, planting bulbs, picking up litter etc) and advise the council on running the gardens. We can also apply for grants which the council is not eligible for.
New members are always welcome please see website for contact details.
Banana Enterprise Network work to remove barriers to self-employment (or starting a business) for disadvantaged people by providing skills training and one to one business advice and support.
Supporting clients in the Manchester and Salford area, they work with trusted organisations to help clients to raise finance for their business start up and provide ongoing business support once they begin trading.They also provide a business planning service for social enterprises.
The Society was founded in 1994 to encourage and develop interest in the heritage of the area. The society holds an archive of photographs and related material from Boroughbridge and surrounding villages and many members are actively involved in researching the history of the local area.
They run a regular programme of events including speakers, visits and exhibitions. Visit the website for details of meetings and events.
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) provides support to volunteers, voluntary groups and civil society in the City of Birmingham.
BVSC supports Volunteers’ Week. This is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1 - 7 June every year.
Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is located on the edge of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offers a truly unique experience for schools and youth groups.
120 acres of mixed woodland and parkland offer fantastic opportunities to learn and experience the outdoors.
As well as the magical setting, they have fantastic facilities and activities maintained and delivered by an amazing team of staff and volunteers who genuinely love their jobs.
As a charitable trust they rely on the hard work of a large volunteer team who provide support for paid staff and help to complete projects that would not normally be able to be completed. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks on site and are instrumental to the success of the centre. Their approach to volunteering is flexible and they are content with any time that you are able to offer. In return they offer training, a DBS, and uniform to regular volunteers.
They are specifically looking for volunteers to fill a variety of fundraising, shop, outdoors and activity roles, but any offers of support would be greatly appreciated.
Further details of activities, volunteer roles and how to book for events are available on the website.
New Heights are a small charity based in the heart of Warren Farm, Kingstanding. Their project has two community sites, St. John’s Centre and the Community Cafe which are both are located on Warren Farm Road.
They aim to support all individuals within the Warren Farm, Kingstanding area by providing a range of activities aimed at reducing isolation and overcome barriers that face the local community. A key skill in doing this is their ability to listen to people and provide services aimed at bringing the community together.
The beautiful St Johns centre is available for hire and hosts many community activities for local children, adults and families.
Volunteers are at the heart of their project, playing an important role in supporting the services they provide:
- Community Café
- BREATHE Welfare Advice and Advocacy Service
- Befriending Service ( letter writing, home visits, coffee and chat )
- Silver Surfers ( IT support for over 50’s )
- Gardening (St. John’s Centre and Café )
- Reminiscence Group ( Sharing memories of yester years and loved ones )
- Knit and Chat
For further information about services offered or how you might help please see the website.
Cycling Projects want to make sure that cycling is accessible to all.
Cycling Projects is a national charity which promotes cycling through a range of successful community engagement programmes that give people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis; through help, support and guidance. Most noticeably this is all achieved through its two nationally acclaimed initiatives Wheels for All and Pedal Away
With a searchable network of 80 cycling centres across the UK there's bound to be something near you.
If you are looking to get involved, why not volunteer? What could be more rewarding than enabling people to cycle who wouldn’t otherwise be able to without your support? A Wheels For All leader can be the difference between someone having a great day and being physically active on adapted cycles, or being unable to engage in any cycling activity at all.
Volunteers receive fully accredited Wheels For All Leaders Training package and get involved helping out across the Wheels For All network. Other volunteer roles include cycle mechanics and fundraisers so why not take a look at their website?
Money Spider Credit Union is a not-for-profit company that provides straight forward financial services for people living or working in South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. They are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
They aim to provide local saving, loans and free budgeting advice for our members. We are run by our members, for our members.
Members are encouraged to save for the future, and receive a dividend on their savings.
Credit Unions are a fantastic community asset as they are a financial co-operative run by members, for members. Unlike Banks, there are no shareholders to pay, so all the profits come back to the members. There are no hidden costs, and no transaction fees - income generated by lending helps to meet operating expenses.
Darwin Dogs provide dog training to clients with mental health conditions, who have their own dog and can demonstrate a need for specific training, tailored to their individual needs, conducted in their home or other location considered to be safe. Each client's dog is trained specifically for them, to give them increased confidence, comfort and companionship. The dog can be trained to be better behaved, easier to handle or to perform special tasks, whatever the client will benefit from them doing.
They train two categories of dogs, depending on the owner's needs and the dog's abilities.
If an owner has a diagnosed disability, and they and their dog are capable of making the grade, they can qualify them as an Assistance Dog partnership. As an Assistance Dog the dog is allowed access to many more places than a pet dog and are covered by the legislation in the Equality Act 2010, where it states that a disabled person has the same rights to services as a non-disabled person.
The Assistance Dog programme can be a long and arduous process and some clients may feel that it is too much for their needs. In those cases there is an alternative - to train their dog to be a Canine Personal Assistant (CPA). Some dogs haven't got the temperament or ability to qualify as an Assistance Dog, but they can still be highly trained dogs, suitable for their owner's needs, and they too would be classed as CPAs.
CPAs are not Assistance Dogs and have no extra rights of access than a normal pet dog has. In fact it is an offence to pretend or imply that a CPA is a full Assistance Dog.
Further details of the marvellous work this group does is on their website.