Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:55

OCD Action

OCD Action is a national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

They provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD. 

Formed by a group of volunteers and leading professionals in 1994, the charity is recognised as a strong voice for people with OCD, a vital source of help and the charity that makes a real and lasting difference to anyone affected by OCD.

They know how isolating OCD can be, it can make you feel trapped and cut off from the rest of the world. On their website you can find out about the support that is available to anyone affected by OCD.

Finding the right support and building up a support network can make a massive difference; it can give you the tools and the strength to fight back and make you feel that you are not facing OCD on your own.  The website provides links and details of local and online support groups.




Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:55

FurniHelp Mid Sussex

FurniHelp is a charity, founded in 1998 who help people in need in Mid Sussex to furnish their homes.

Their main aim is to build up a stock of secondhand furniture, household goods and equipment from donated items and to make these available to local people in need.

The furniture is supplied free of charge, although they always happy to accept a donation to help towards our running costs.

Volunteer Drivers, Loaders, Fundraisers and Warehouse Helpers are needed.  They need your help to organise and undertake collections and deliveries of donated furniture and household goods.

If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help in the office or a morning a week to drive and/or load the van or would just like to know more about us then please get in touch - details on the websiye.


Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:21

Get in the Garden

This week (30 April - 6 May) is National Gardening Week. What better time than now on May Day to get outside and enjoy a garden?

On the National Gardening Week website there are some fantastic ideas for getting community organisations and charities involved this National Gardening Week, including:

  • Get your group together and transform or clean-up an unused or neglected space in your area (with permission)
  • If you have a garden or space, hold a garden party to celebrate the work you do. Invite your friends, neighbours and the community and show them how they can get involved 
Friday, 27 April 2018 13:21


Horticap are based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road in Harrogate where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

In addition their garden, wildlife area and shop are open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm (the tearoom is open until 3.30pm).

They aim to provide students who have learning and other disabilities with a supportive and friendly working environment so that they may develop their social and communication abilities and also to help students extend their knowledge and skills, through structured training using professionally qualified staff and volunteers.


Their vision is to build, maintain and grow a beautiful garden for members of the public of all ages to enjoy which includes a wildlife and bird spotting area, as well as beautiful flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. They also have various seating areas to enjoy a picnic and a shop where an abundance of plants, gifts and garden items can be purchased. 

Alan Titchmarsh MBE is proud to be patron and support this enterprising group.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:07

Cracking Good Food

Cracking Good Food launched in March 2010, at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, with the aim of getting more people in the North West to cook and eat homemade food, by teaching both the paying public and community groups.

They believe cooking is a vital life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, so in order to be accessible to as many people as possible, their paid-for courses are some of the cheapest in the region as they only charge for genuine costs. They were fortunate enough to be supported for their first two years by the Local Food Fund, part of The Big Lottery, and are currently seeking new revenue streams to fund our community outreach programme.

They were shortlisted as a Food & Drink Pioneer in 2012’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards and Commended in the Greater Manchester Probation Trust Staff Recognition Awards 2012 for their work with ex-offenders.

In 2013 they were listed as the best place in Manchester to learn to cook, by Visit Manchester.

Latest courses include cookery schools, tackling food waste and forage and cook sessions!


Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:54

Friends of Waterloo Seafront gardens

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens are an active and vibrant voluntary group of local residents interested in restoring and promoting the local sea front gardens and Potter's Barn Park.

The gardens sit in a conservation area in the seaside town of Waterloo, North Liverpool, a 15 minute train journey from the city centre. There are four distinctive public gardens to enjoy along the seafront:

Marine Garden, Crescent Garden, Adelaide Garden and Beach Lawn.

The gardens are located just a short walk from Crosby marine lake, beach and sand dunes. The world famous Antony Gormley 'Another Place' statues stand on the beach.

Waterloo itself hosts a number of excellent restaurants, which include the picturesque Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The area is easily accessible by road, rail and bus.

Volunteers are very welcome and can get involved in litter picking and gardening sessions.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:18

Bat Conservation Trust

The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and 6000 members and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects.  

To achieve their vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together, work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely and inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.

They run the national bat helpline and monitoring programme with volunteers welcomed for these activities. Please see website for further details on this vital work to protect bats.


Friday, 20 April 2018 12:17

Two Pennies Money Advice

Two Pennies Money Advice is an independent local money advice agency working in the county of Worcestershire from premises in Worcester.

They help people who are having problems with money and debt.

Their core service is:

  • Free – You won’t get another bill by coming to see them
  • Independent – they give advice and support that they believe is in clients’ best interests
  • Confidential – they will not share information about clients without their agreement
  • Professional – advisers are trained, qualified and experienced.
  • Personal – the service is face-to-face. They sit down and listen to people across a table
  • Supportive – they support people until the problem is solved or they are able to take it forward themselves
  • Empowering – they want people to learn, so that they don’t get into difficulties again, which is why they also run money management courses
  • Christian – their core-funding comes from local churches. They are motivated by the Christian values of love, mercy and justice for all people, of any faith or none
  • Open to all – regardless of religion or philosophy, age, appearance, race, nationality, sexual orientation, status or disability. That means everyone

They also run money management courses, see the website for details.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:35

Living Lightly

So today I'm thinking about how I can live more lightly on this planet.  After all there is only one planet Earth and rather a lot of us humans.  In the week where we celebrate World Earth Day, I'm considering my use of plastic. This is quite topical at the moment and so I'm reviewing the small choices I can make to reduce my use of plastic items and packaging.

As you can see I eat porridge oats for my breakfast, so I've decided to swap my supermarket for this purchase.  As you can see, my previous Morrisons oats come wrapped in an unrecyclable plastic bag, whereas the Lidl equivalent comes in recyclable paper. Don't worry I go past Lidl anyway, so not making an extra journey and the price of my breakfast will be the same.  If you're listening Mr Morrisons - use less plastic! 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:48

Essential Needs

Essential Needs is Harrogate Borough’s community furniture store. They are a registered charity who offer an extensive range of quality, re-used furniture, electrical appliances and other household items at low prices.

They depend on kind donations of furniture, electrical appliances and other household items to help change lives and protect the environment.

We will collect your donations of furniture and electrical appliances for free as long as they are clean, in good condition and comply with current health and safety legislation so that they can be re-used and resold.

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