The Hive Woodwork group is a newly created woodworking group based in Derby, open to anyone to come along and have a go at learning some woodwork and DIY skills.
Their mission is to help the local community by teaching people of all ages, sexes and dispositions basic woodworking and DIY skills.
If you are interested in having a go at doing woodwork, small metalwork, learning new DIY skills or just having a place to pop in to say hello have a cuppa and a chat then they are the place for you. The group decides what ideas they want to work on, they can be individual projects or work together on larger ideas. The aim is to get members to come for a few hours either once a week, maybe more.
Where Next Association is a Redditch based local charity providing work experience and training for people with learning disabilities or those disadvantaged in some way.
They help people reach their full potential and discover new talents and skills. They help them gain a sense of purpose, work experience and new qualifications, together with new friends and social skills and also provide fulfilling respite opportunities for carers.
They support individuals of all ages with varying abilities to experience work in a real commercial environment with real customers providing opportunity to mix with the local community and support is provided by qualified staff in a safe environment.
As an accredited centre they offer person-centred training programmes and ASDAN certificated courses, tailored to the individual and everyone can choose to take part in activity events.
They have two garden nursery shops, a furniture upcycling venture and provide gardening and light packing services.
Most of all they make a real difference to people’s lives. If you wish to support this group, there are opportunities to volunteer, donate or to buy goods and services.
Further details are available on the website.
Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside, achieving this through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.
Fully accessible transport is provided and staff are supported by teams of trained volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance as necessary.
They couldn’t exist without the help and support of volunteers and are always in need of new volunteers; jobs can range from guiding a visually impaired person, assisting a wheelchair user, driving a minibus, piloting a tandem, or mending their stock of equipment! Full training is given as required. Volunteers can come as often or as little as they wish and they guarantee that it is rewarding, exciting and fun!
If you would like further information on the volunteering opportunities available they would love to hear from you.
For more information about Open Country please take a look at their website.
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 Government have published their new strategy for tackling loneliness. Interested readers can read it at A connected society: A strategy for tackling loneliness.
The strategy discusses the negative impacts of loneliness which is being recognised as one of our most pressing health issues. Loneliness affects people of all ages, with up to 18% of UK adults feeling lonely often or always.
Here at CommunitySpaceBook we see it as our mission to connect community groups and people which brings many community benefits but especially in reducing social isolation and loneliness for individuals.
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.
After the hottest summer for years, the weather is slowly turning colder. Autumn is coming and the berries are ripening all around. Our thoughts are starting to turn to how we will keep warm this winter and if we can afford our energy bills. Some households (around 4 million UK households) are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK with high energy prices, dwindling household incomes and low standards of domestic energy efficiency all contributing to a cold homes crisis. People face 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.
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.