Friday, 19 October 2018 12:43

Windrush Bike Project are a community interest company based in West Oxfordshire bringing together cycle training, maintenance, campaigning and culture.

Their vision is to make the bike the vehicle of choice for short journeys in and around Witney, resulting in better health and well-being, a stronger community and a cleaner environment.

They aim to develop and grow their Bikeability cycle training work in schools and for individuals; to set up a community space for bike maintenance, training and information; and to campaign on active travel by

  • Increasing levels of bike use and ownership in and around Witney
  • Enabling disadvantaged people to participate in cycling and develop bike maintenance skills
  • Ensuring that the modal shift to active travel is enacted through all local policies and developments
  • Reducing the number of bikes going to landfill

They organise cycle training and run workshop sessions on building and maintaining bikes for groups,  organise activity and therapeutic bike rides and provide information and advice on most things bike.

Volunteers, donations and supporters are welcome, why not take a look at their website for details of events?


Thursday, 04 October 2018 11:14

The Green Tree House Craft Cafe is a volunteer run, non-profit cafe in Biddulph with regular community groups, creative and craft activities and exciting events.

They provide a vital space where people can come and be part of something, providing affordable meals and shelter from social isolation. 

They cater to dietary needs and where they can help, they do. They may not be big but love Biddulph and its community.

Take a look at their Facebook page for details of events and activities or why not simply pop in to the cafe at 72, High Street, Biddulph?

Monday, 17 September 2018 14:05

Friend In Need are an independent charity seeking to provide for older adults, living in the Borough of Barnet and in particular, East & New Barnet. 

At present, they offer various activities such as exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance, IT training etc, so that older adults may have a friendly environment in which they can meet & enjoy doing things together.  They also offer a hot lunch Mon -Thurs & Sat.  Note that there is a reasonable charge for lunch & each activity.

Friend In Need would not be able to do the work it does without the support of its volunteers who work alongside FIN staff as part of a team.  Personalised inductions, ongoing supervision and training are available for each volunteer.

Volunteer roles include activity centre helpers, befrienders, receptionists, DIY helpers, mini bus drivers and travel assistants.

If you can spare just a couple of hours and would be interested in joining the team, then please  just pop in for a chat.  Further information is available on the website.



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:07

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why Turn2us can help people find the support you need to get back on track.

The Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.

Their help is available through their website, helpline and through their partners.

If you wish to get involved, opportunities include volunteering to get help to those in need,  fundraising or donating.



Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:32

Squirrels community scrap scheme collects materials from factories, offices, shops and private homes.  They sort and display them at The Old Allotment Hut, Boscombe Road, Worcester Park.

They have a membership of over 300 organisations who can select from a vast range of selected, clean waste materials to meet art, craft, recreational, educational, therapeutic or fundraising activities.

All this is available for a small annual membership fee.  Further details on how to become a member are available on the website.