I have been taking some time during the summer recess from meetings, to visit some of the projects I have been able to support with monies from my NCC, Councillor Divisional Fund. Often a small amount of money can make a huge difference to small voluntary groups, who sometimes find it hard to raise money for equipment etc. It is always a pleasure to visit local groups and see the good work that is carrying on in our community. These groups are often a life-line for people facing loneliness or social isolation and rely on the goodwill of volunteers (often in short supply) to keep them going.
The Getaway Club meets in Stapleford at the Youth Centre near St Helen’s Church on a Wednesday evening and offers a range of activities for people with mental health problems and/ or learning difficulties. Karen Moore runs this group, often with very little support, so it has been nice to pop along a few times lately and get a flavour of what is on offer. If anyone would be willing to provide some regular support, please pop along and chat with Karen, or email me and I will put you in contact with her firstname.lastname@example.org
Dig In community allotment aims to create a sustainable Community Allotment where people from different ages and backgrounds come together to share skills, knowledge and experience of food growing. They are located on the Albany Allotment Site, Pasture Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 8HZ (near the Man Of Iron Pub) Buses: 15 and 21 – bus stop right outside
Find them on Facebook; www.diginstapleford.org.uk
Volunteer sessions: Wed and Sat 10am – midday. Regular open sessions, such as Fruity Saturday and Harvest events are advertised on Bramcote Today and elsewhere.
Men’s Sheds is a project that started in Stapleford but has subsequently moved to Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston, adding to a range of activities on offer at this excellent venue. Men (although women are also welcome) come together in a relaxed atmosphere to socialise and make or construct things, either for themselves or others, mainly from wood. The group meets on a Thursday morning, between 9.30 and 1pm. The tram stops directly outside the centre, making it readily accessible. See their Facebook page (Middle Street Resource Centre).