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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home. National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.
High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis. Right now, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
The key to tackling this problem is improving the energy efficiency of housing, to address the injustice that sees the poorest households spending £1 billion more a year on energy compared to non-fuel poor households. There is also a need to improve the quality of, and access to, energy advice and services; recognise the impact that welfare reform is having on fuel poverty levels in the UK; and ensure that all households are able to engage in the competitive energy market.
You can get involved either as an individual member or as part of a Corporate Partner, working in collaboration to tackle fuel poverty.
Act on Energy encourage energy conservation by providing free and impartial advice to householders and small businesses in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Solihull and the surrounding local areas. If you live in these areas you can contact them for advice by phone or using their contact form.
The website contains useful resources, together with a FAQ section to help people improve insulation and reduce energy usage in their properties.
Ever wanted to learn more about the fungi that grow in Leicestershire?
The Leicestershire Fungi Study Group was were founded in 1980 and are affiliated with
- Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society,
- British Mycological Society
- Leicestershire Museums Service.
Their aims are to encourage the study of fungi and their allies, especially in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
They are an informal group who value friendship and social contact and have a good mix of experts and beginners and who make children especially welcome.
Members’ interests range from very general to more specific, like lichens, slime moulds, fungal pests and diseases, and even cooking and painting.
The group orgainse meetings and forays, produce a newsletter and have access to fungi libraries and collections.
So if you are interested in fungi, why not take a look at the website and get involved?
The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham has been operating since 2014 – rescuing over 15 tonnes of waste food and serving over 2,000 meals every month. The project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources; turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for all on a “Pay-As-You-Feel” basis.
They have regular cafés all over the city, food boutiques, a Sharehouse, and we run a Freegan Box scheme. They also pop up at many different events around Birmingham; check out the calendar on the website for dates and locations of the next 10 places you can find us. They’re also available for catering.
If you want to support them, they operate on a pay-as-you-feel basis so you can visit one of their cafes or order a freegan box. Volunteers and donations are also most welcome.
Pop along to their website to see how they #feedbelliesnotbins