Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:51

The Wishing Well project is a social enterprise, based in Crewe whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by providing a wide range of services.

Born out of a community concept to tackle health inequalities, the organisation has  grown into a thriving community support system providing a wide range of health related services and activities to local people.


They generate a large proportion of their income via their popular meal deliveries service, day care provision and café facilities at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre. Surplus from these ventures allows them to develop neighbouring initiatives such as family drop in sessions, homelessness provision and youth clubs.


Wishing Well activities are community-responsive and led, and whilst they employ around 30 staff their services are mainly delivered by local volunteers supported by students, mainly from local schools and colleges. All staff and volunteers are trained in necessary and relevant skills to their responsibilities, such as food hygiene or first aid. Most of their staff began as Wishing Well volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer or support them in any way, please see details on their website.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:57

Congleton Museum Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1985 by a group of local history enthusiasts to pull together as much as possible of the history of Congleton and to explore ways of exhibiting it to the community. It was 2002 before the trust managed to open the museum in the former police station next to the Town Hall. There was by then a wealth of fascinating artefacts to display, including an Anglo Saxon log boat, a burial urn from 1500 BC, two major coin hoards from the 17th Century plus numerous items of historical interest from more recent times.

Entry to Congleton Museum is free! However, the Museum depends on income from membership, gifts and donations from visitors. 

The Museum is run almost entirely by volunteers with little regular grant aid. It
has to be financed through fund raising. Becoming a Friend of Congleton Museum can help  in two ways.

If you have time to spare, perhaps you could help out in some way, and pay for your membership with your time. They need people to staff the reception desk during opening hours, do research, do administrative work, transcribe old documents, register new acquisitions, help with refreshments at events, construct exhibitions –  the tasks are endless. If you can’t commit to a regular time each week, there are many jobs which can be done whenever you have a spare hour or two.

If you don’t have time to be a volunteer, you can pay for your membership with money.   The more paying members they have, the more the museum can do.

Friends are automatically members of Congleton Museum Trust, giving the right to vote at the annual general meeting and elect the trustees who manage the museum. You also get invitations to talks held in the education room, access to library and research facilities and a regular newsletter.

If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at the website today.




Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:28

The Hive Woodwork group is a newly created woodworking group based in Derby, open to anyone to come along and have a go at learning some woodwork and DIY skills.

Their mission is to help the local community by teaching people of all ages, sexes and dispositions basic woodworking and DIY skills.

If you are interested in having a go at doing woodwork, small metalwork, learning new DIY skills or just having a place to pop in to say hello have a cuppa and a chat then they are the place for you. The group decides what ideas they want to work on, they can be individual projects or work together on larger ideas. The aim is to get members to come for a few hours either once a week, maybe more. 

Thursday, 01 November 2018 14:27

Where Next Association is a Redditch based local charity providing work experience and training for people with learning disabilities or those disadvantaged in some way.

They help people reach their full potential and discover new talents and skills. They help them gain a sense of purpose, work experience and new qualifications, together with new friends and social skills and also provide fulfilling respite opportunities for carers.

They support individuals of all ages with varying abilities to experience work in a real commercial environment with real customers providing opportunity to mix with the local community and support is provided by qualified staff in a safe environment.


As an accredited centre they offer person-centred training programmes and ASDAN certificated courses, tailored to the individual and everyone can choose to take part in activity events.

They have two garden nursery shops, a furniture upcycling venture and provide gardening and light packing services.  

Most of all they make a real difference to people’s lives.  If you wish to support this group, there are opportunities to volunteer, donate or to buy goods and services.  

Further details are available on the website.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 14:08

Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside, achieving this through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.

Fully accessible transport is provided and staff are supported by teams of trained volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance as necessary.

They couldn’t exist without the help and support of volunteers and are always in need of new volunteers; jobs can range from guiding a visually impaired person, assisting a wheelchair user, driving a minibus, piloting a tandem, or mending their stock of equipment! Full training is given as required. Volunteers can come as often or as little as they wish and they guarantee that it is rewarding, exciting and fun!

If you would like further information on the volunteering opportunities available they would love to hear from you.

For more information about Open Country please take a look at their website.