Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:07


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.



Friday, 07 September 2018 12:01

Autumn Berries

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.

Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:32

Squirrels Community Scrap Scheme

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.


Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:58

National Energy Action

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.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:41

Act On Energy

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.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:55

Leicestershire Fungi Study Group

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?

Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:21

The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

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


Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:38

Beat The Cold

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.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:22

Feeding Time

Wow well what a hot summer we've been having! What better time than now to fire up the barbecue and invite a few friends round for some food and drinks?

Sadly not everyone is so lucky so today we're going to spare a thought for those who need a little bit of help and the organisations who are helping to provide emergency food supplies to some of the most vulnerable in our society.

A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the plight of families struggling to feed their children during the summer holidays. The Trussell Trust said an increase in food bank use over the summer was driven by a rise in demand by children, as it released figures from its network of food banks across the country. The public are asked to donate to their local food bank during the summer holidays owing to increasing demand from families who rely on free school meals during term time. 

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:24

Lowestoft Foodbank

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.



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