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Your guide to Community Action websites and some of Staffordshire's voluntary societies' and organisations' websites.

Volunteering Organisations

Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
The organisation now has a new North Staffordshire office

Support Groups


Gingerbread in Stoke on Trent & district - tel: 01782 821401. Gingerbread is a voluntary organisation, which provides temporary supported accommodation to lone parent families including lone fathers, and women suffering abuse. Gingerbread is also able to offer supported accommodation to single pregnant women.
Gingerbread has two hostels and can accommodate twelve families. Accommodation is usually offered on a three month basis during which time a range of support us offered including specialist support with substance misuse and resettlement.
Life skills support is also offered to promote independence. Gingerbread also operates a play group and toy library and employs an outreach worker. The hostel is staffed and is open for referrals 24 hours a day. Self-referrals are taken and also referrals from other agencies.

North Staffs Domestic Violence Forum - a multi agency organisation aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence. They offer a number of services including training, outreach and a helpline. Anyone who feels they are suffering from domestic violence can call them for confidential help and advice on 01782 205500. The helpline is open 10-3 Monday to Thursday and 10-12
BDF NEWLIFE The charity, based in Stafford, offers grants to families of children who have an illness or disability, to pay for equipment or an item which will help make life easier and reduce pressure on the family. Grants could pay for something like a special car seat or bedding or somewhere to store equipment already being used. Grants are open to families who have a child under 18, with a condition which causes significant problems. Child and Family Grant information and application forms can be downloaded from the website. You can apply if you're a parent, carer or work in the health profession.
Net mums - A local site run on a voluntary basis with information for local parents in the North Staffs area such as toddler groups, education, support organisations, coping and enjoying life. There is also a separate netmums site covering Congleton

dDeaflinks - article about the organisation for the hard of hearing in North Staffordshire. Find out why they use a double-d at the beginning of their name!
The Dyslexia Institute in Staffordshire - based at Bank House, Granville Square, Stone, ST15. E-Mail:

The Soldiers, Sailors and AirForce Families Association/Forces Help Society - see national website
The military charity SSAFA Forces Help is currently looking for volunteers for the many of the people affected by war and other operations for HM Forces - can you help?
The SSAFA Forces Help is a national welfare charity helping service and ex-service, men, women and their families and dependants in need, suffering or distress. This includes the Reserves and the two million National Servicemen who served between 1949 and 1963.
The association can also help their families and dependants, including widows and widowers.
For the Cheshire Branch, please contact Doreen Steel on 01477 544177.
The South Staffordshire SSAFA
Advice Centre is from 2 Barn Green, Birches Barn, Wolverhampton, 01902 621174 (email John at
Iraq Family Support Groups - Staffordshire contact: Gillian Robinson

Arch North Staffordshire - Tel: 01782 204479, Address: Canalside, Pelham Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Arch is a registered charity, which provides homeless people with advice and accommodation, help with benefits you can claim and current housing legislation. If you need emergency or temporary accommodation, or somewhere more permanent to live you can pop in Monday to Friday (0930-1230 and 1330-1600) - there's no need to make an appointment.
See web page about an Arch fund-raising sleep-out
Potteries Housing Association (PHA). If you want to find out more on the work of the PHA check out

Pensioners Convention See the south Staffordshire group's new website -
Age Concern - Stafford branch

Race Equality

Asian life Links - the BBC's Asian programme has drawn up a list of contacts for ethic minority communities in Staffordshire
'Building Bridges' a project designed to maintain the strong tradition of promoting racial equality within Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent schools. At the moment they're running a great resources website on the local Jewish community including a virtual visit to the Hanley synagogue.

ADSIS - Alcohol and Drug Service in Staffordshire is now available in the east of the county. This free and confidential service offers support and advice to alcohol and drug users, their friends and relatives. It's aimed at adults over 19 years of age and can refer clients to other counselling services. The newly opened East Staffordshire branch is at 150/151 Station Street, Burton - tel 01283 545071.
HRS - Hospital Radio Stafford - has been providing entertainment and support to patients in Stafford and Cannock since 1972.
The Lyme Trust The Trust is a charitable organisation, supporting people with mental health needs and helping them work towards independent living. It offers full board and self-catering accommodation for people in need of a stable environment. Each individual has a 12-week assessment to establish the level of support they need. "Floating Support" is available for people capable of more independent living. When a vacancy arises, they can move into one of the Trust's five flats, while still getting any help they need with domestic tasks and having regular visits from a support worker.
Tel: 01782 634510, Address; 39, London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. See www.thelymetrust
The American Clubhouse Formed back in 1974 as part of the Potteries Housing Association (PHA), the Clubhouse - in Burslem, Stoke on Trent - was established firstly to find accommodation and resettlement to single homeless people.( It's called The American incidentally because it's based in the same building as the famous old American public house).
Now the Clubhouse has expanded and transformed to offer a supportive community for people who are effected by mental health issues (although you do not have to be referred by a GP).
They provide free training, social events and fun courses as well as information, guidance and advice on a variety of issues. For details of how to join visit or contact them on 01782 835220. You can also email
North Staffordshire Organic Gardeners So why go organic? Well, if you're concerned about the unseen additives in food and want vegetables which have been not been grown with fertilisers or chemicals, then go organic - and this group will help you do that.
A team of experienced organic gardeners will give you advice and support, there's specialist speakers, regular problem sessions and plant and seed sales as well as farm and organic garden visits. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Werrington Village Hall from September through to May.
Contact or More info on organic gardening can be found on

Community Services Directory providing links to help and advice providers in and around Stoke-on-Trent


Community Groups

Middleport News items about the Stoke on Trent district plus community contacts list, large photo gallery, history and more...

Live and Learn Land at Hamil Road, Burslem, SoT (01782 823035)
The centre is run by an educational charity called the Burslem Ethical Trust. It offers computer access to everyone and staff are on hand to help. It refurbishes computers for the local community and for developing countries, and offers courses to people who want to train as a PC technician. It's also a book shop and stationers and has regular late night night openings.


Voices - a BBC Stoke profile of the communities in and around one of Stoke on Trent's main parks


BBC Sites
Positive News - Changing the World by Degrees 360, as the site is called, will highlight what people are doing for good throughout the world, whether it's a tiny effort by one person or a global initiative. It's seeking out under-reported stories about people and organisations which are doing everything they can to change the world for the better and will become a part of The 360 Book of Solutions - an organic document illustrating ways of alleviating world problems.
BBC Ring Around Carers a pioneering project for carers
Hitting Home a BBC Staffordshire campaign highlighting the problem of domestic violence
BBCi Crime Prevention offers a wide range of content including a section packed with practical crime prevention advice
I Can BBC website to help you get involved in your local area and take action on any issue. Exchange ideas, get advice and find civic information.

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