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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:28

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

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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.



Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:14

New Heights

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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.

Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:03

Cycling Projects

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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?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:43

Money Spider Credit Union

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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.


Friday, 18 May 2018 09:22

Darwin Dogs

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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.


Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:22

Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm

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Situated on Bidston Hill on the Wirral, the Tam O’Shanter historic cottage and free urban farm is run by a charitable trust with the aim of providing an enjoyable and educational experience for kids and adults alike.

Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm is open every day except Christmas day from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free, though donations  are very welcome!

The Farm is home to a variety of farm animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and geese. It’s a great opportunity for children of all ages to meet and learn about farm animals up close.

Why not pop along for a visit?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:54

EXTEND Exercise

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Movement to music for older and less able people.

If you are looking for an exercise class, but the usual active class is not suitable, then why not try an EXTEND Exercise class?

EXTEND Exercise has many teachers who hold classes throughout the UK, in a number of settings. The classes are growing in popularity throughout the UK, particularly as people are now living longer and want to maintain a good level of personal fitness well into their later years. EXTEND Exercise is an excellent choice of affordable exercise for people with a disability and the older person to challenge their fitness levels, from the very active to the not so active.

Whether you are recently retired or determined to improve your fitness level, EXTEND Exercise can help you to acheive this. EXTEND Exercise classes will always contain 20 minutes of seated exercise, but do not be discouraged as seated exercises can be very active. You will be very surprised at just how much active exercise can be performed whilst sitting in a chair.

Our qualified EXTEND Exercise teachers are trained in a unique way to make exercise fun but at the same time safe. Therefore, reducing the symptoms of age related conditions and improving mobility for those who have disabilities.

Please click on the Classes by Region tab in the website for a list of classes in your area.

For teachers:

EXTEND Exercise offers Training for Teachers who would like to be able to design Exercise to Music physical activity programmes or to offer Chair Based Exercise classes for older adults and disabled people .

They are always looking for more teachers to join their organisation and support the delivery of exercise sessions for the older person and those with a disability of any age. For further information about training courses and how to become an EXTEND Exercise teacher please visit the website.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:53


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The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot.

They are an association of people and groups who come together to both enjoy walking and other outdoor pursuits and also to ensure that they protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking.

On the national website you can use their search tool to look for groups, walks or events near you. You can look for easy, short walks close to you to get you started.   What a great way to try out walking in a group and making new friends - go on and get involved!

Friday, 11 May 2018 11:30

Incredible Edible Barnet

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They're growing fruit, veg, herbs and flowers in community spaces around Barnet. Come grow with them! Their aim is to increase the amount of food grown in public places around Barnet and have started two plots but hope to find other spaces soon.

Picture herbs growing on your train platform so you can grab a handful on your way home from work or medicinal plants growing in front of the health centre. Whether you're an experienced gardener or first time grower, if you want to get involved please get in touch - details on their facebook page.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:47

Your Ideas

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Your Ideas are a Non Profit making organisation who work with young people and other members of the community and whose purpose is to allow all members of the community to identify projects or initiatives that will improve the quality of life for the community as a whole.

They deliver a very varied programme to ensure each individual is given enough time and support. Their activities and projects are very hands on and practical, often art based or working out in the community with local residents.

They create an environment with the young people who they work with that is appropriate to them, so that they feel comfortable and a valued part of the project. A lot of their work is done with vulnerable and or hard to reach groups or individuals who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.

Their website contains details of groups and activities together with links to further support, advice and information sources for parents.


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