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.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:32

Redditch Foodbank

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.



Friday, 08 June 2018 12:36

Friends of Highlands Gardens

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.


Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:51

Chichester Folk Song Club

Chichester Folk Song Club is a centre of folk music, for over fifty years, in the fine city of Chichester. The club meets every week of the year at the excellent venue of The Chichester Inn.
The present format is that of a singaround club, with everyone having the opportunity to perform a song or tune. About once a month they host a guest evening, when national/international artistes from the wider world of folk music provide the main entertainment within the singaround. 
To maintain variety they have a number of MC's running the proceedings throughout the year, so every night is going to be different as each MC brings their own touch to the evening's performance, be it guest night, theme night or singaround.
Membership costs £5 a year, and, besides saving money on guest nights, provides members with regular newsletters, and various social invites such as the Christmas party, picnic and annual Piggy Dinner.
Further details including upcoming events are on the website.
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:12

Banana Enterprise Network

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.


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