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 Government have published their new strategy for tackling loneliness. Interested readers can read it at A connected society: A strategy for tackling loneliness.
The strategy discusses the negative impacts of loneliness which is being recognised as one of our most pressing health issues. Loneliness affects people of all ages, with up to 18% of UK adults feeling lonely often or always.
Here at CommunitySpaceBook we see it as our mission to connect community groups and people which brings many community benefits but especially in reducing social isolation and loneliness for individuals.
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.
After the hottest summer for years, the weather is slowly turning colder. Autumn is coming and the berries are ripening all around. Our thoughts are starting to turn to how we will keep warm this winter and if we can afford our energy bills. Some households (around 4 million UK households) are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK with high energy prices, dwindling household incomes and low standards of domestic energy efficiency all contributing to a cold homes crisis. People face 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.
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?