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guide to Community Action websites and some of Staffordshire's voluntary societies'
and organisations' websites.
Community Service Volunteers
The organisation now has a new North Staffordshire office
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
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.
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
- 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!
Institute in Staffordshire - based at Bank House, Granville Square, Stone,
ST15. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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
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 email@example.com)
Family Support Groups - Staffordshire contact:
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
Housing Association (PHA). If you want to find out more on the work of the
PHA check out potteries-housing.org
See the south Staffordshire group's new website - www.greywolves.co.uk
Concern - Stafford branch
life Links - the BBC's Asian programme has drawn up a list of contacts
for ethic minority communities in Staffordshire
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
HRS - Hospital Radio
Stafford - has been providing entertainment and support to patients in Stafford
and Cannock since 1972.
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.
01782 634510, Address; 39, London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.
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
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 www.americanclubhouse.co.uk
or contact them on 01782 835220. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on organic
gardening can be found on www.organicgarden.org.uk
Services Directory providing links to help and advice providers in and
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.
- a BBC Stoke profile of the communities in and around one of Stoke on Trent's
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.
Ring Around Carers a pioneering project for carers
Home a BBC Staffordshire campaign highlighting the problem of domestic
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