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.



Thursday, 28 June 2018 13:01

Derbyshire Toy Libraries

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.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:39

Birmingham Back to Backs

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.



Thursday, 21 June 2018 16:15


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.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:03

Hospitality Action

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.

Friday, 15 June 2018 11:44

Argonaut Community Enterprises

Argonaut Community Enterprises is based in the West Midlands and was founded by two deaf people who both worked in employment services to ensure access for deaf jobseekers.They noticed that despite having relevant qualifications and excellent skills deaf candidates were, for various reasons, still having problems securing work. Further research found similar issues with candidates with other disabilities.
During a working visit to Australia they discovered a company who were securing mainstream contracts and appointing disabled people to deliver.  The model for Argonaut Community Enterprises was developed and established in September 2010 as a not-for-profit Social Enterprise, enabling investment and support for the local community.
Trading started mostly in domestic cleaning with some commercial but soon they added other services, such as gardening, painting, office cleaning and general maintenance.  They are proud to deliver a high-quality service, tailoring each contract to meet the specific needs of each customer.

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.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:34

Bipolar UK

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.


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