The Society was founded in 1994 to encourage and develop interest in the heritage of the area. The society holds an archive of photographs and related material from Boroughbridge and surrounding villages and many members are actively involved in researching the history of the local area.
They run a regular programme of events including speakers, visits and exhibitions. Visit the website for details of meetings and events.
OK so the toy volunteers were persuaded to have their picture taken for this article but just look how happy they are!
This week is Volunteers' Week which is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
The benefits of volunteering are many and include lowering stress, making friends and finding a purpose in life. For further information on this event and how you can get involved you can visit the Volunteers Week website.
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) provides support to volunteers, voluntary groups and civil society in the City of Birmingham.
BVSC supports Volunteers’ Week. This is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1 - 7 June every year.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This week is walk to school week and here on CommunitySpaceBook we're supporting anything that gets people out of their cars and into their walking shoes!
Did you know that walking can:
- Lift your mood - walking helps lift depression
- Help keep you slim - walking is a good form of exercise which is lower impact than running and therefore suitable gor most people
- Help you to destress by removing stress hormones from your body more quickly and helping you clear your mind
- Boost your bone strength as it is weight bearing exercise which helps you keep bone density
- Help your social life - yes you're more likely to meet and speak to people if you get out and walk
- Help the environment - no burning petrol or diesel for short journeys
- Be a lot cheaper as it's completely free!
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.
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?