Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:38

Beat the Cold aims to:

  • deliver a service that will reduce the ill health, deaths and misery suffered by vulnerable households because of fuel poverty.
  • share their expertise in finding and supporting those households who need help but are ‘hard to reach.’
  • help create low carbon communities.

Beat the Cold aims to reduce the incidence of fuel poverty and cold-related illness in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. It brings together an unusually diverse partnership of local authorities, voluntary and statutory agencies, fuel companies, health and social care agencies and community groups.

They inform, advise and make referrals for households – through telephone advice, events, talks and displays, and a winter leaflet.They target disadvantaged households that need to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel, helping them to apply for measures and grants to improve energy efficiency and giving advice on using fuel, paying for fuel and services from other agencies.  They also offer advice on renewable technology and feed-in tariffs.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a chat with a Beat the Cold advisor to see if they can save you money on your fuels bills, or help you improve your comfort in your own home, contact them today.

If you wish to offer funding, equipment or volunteer for them please contact them via details on their website.

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:24

Lowestoft Foodbank provides 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.

You can support your local foodbank by volunteering or donating goods to them.



Thursday, 28 June 2018 13:01

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 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.