People are being invited to join in and celebrate the work of the county’s charities and the difference they make in their local communities.
Local Charities Day is on Friday 15 December and will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them demonstrate the great work they do in their communities.
Staffordshire has thousands of charities and community groups making a real difference every day.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
“The voluntary, community and charity sector play a vital role in helping make Staffordshire a great place to live and it’s wonderful that we have a day to celebrate their contributions. Ten volunteer groups from Staffordshire have also been honoured with Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year, and I’m delighted that we’re able to shine a spotlight on them today.“
Amongst the winners are The Alzheimer’s Drop In Club in Stone, Staffordshire Women’s Aid and CREST in Burton, who were all delighted with their awards.
Lana Bellinger from the Alzheimer’s drop-in club in Stone added: “We meet every Thursday for a couple of hours and it’s a great opportunity for people with Alzheimer’s and their families to get together in a relaxed environment. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who bring real enjoyment to the club. They plan the entertainment like board games, cards and dominos. But as well as the fun, it’s a good opportunity for family members to meet others and find out about what other services are available.”
George Fargher is from CREST, who supports adults with disabilities in Burton. George said: “We provide a range of activities for people with disabilities and their families and without our dedicated team of volunteers we couldn’t do what we do. We have lots of roles including drivers for our two mini buses, bus escorts, carers and people who put on our social activities.
Dickie James, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, said: “Our volunteers work tirelessly staffing our 24-hour helpline, 365 days a year which is making a positive difference to so many lives of women and children who have lived with violence and abuse. Many of our volunteers are indeed survivors who have used our services themselves and are now helping others.”
Staffordshire County Council works with a consortium consisting of SCVYS (Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services) and Support Staffordshire to help grow and support the voluntary sector and help communities to stay independent for longer. Furthermore, 392 voluntary and community organisations working in the Council’s priority areas of health, families, place and youth have been supported to start up and grow in the past 12 months by SCVYS and Support Staffordshire.
Charities across Staffordshire can also access new funding through the fundraising website, Crowdfund Staffordshire. Thousands of pounds are donated to good causes online in Staffordshire every month. The county council has also just launched the new Children and Families fund, giving charities and volunteer groups fundraising the opportunity to access an additional £5,000 for their project that helps vulnerable families to avoid crisis.
Groups can start fundraising today on the new Crowdfund Staffordshire platform at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/crowdfund-staffordshire. Details of the new Children and Families fund is also available on the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org