Over £30,000 has been distributed across 55 local groups in the West Midlands in 2016, including supporting the Sedgley Archives Project
Colleagues contributed over 450 volunteering hours in Sedgley and Dudley.
Working with; High Arcal Secondary School and The Dormston School to help develop young people.
Sedgley and Dudley members, colleagues and customers have donated over 2,200 products to the local foodbanks in 2016 .
Our local 2017 charity partner is Beacon Centre for The Blind
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The Beacon Centre for the Blind is dedicated to helping people with sight loss live a fuller, more independent life. It supports registered blind and partially sighted people in the areas of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and parts of South Staffordshire.
Working in partnership with RNIB Advice Service, the Independent Living Centre offers arts and crafts, cookery classes, IT help, social outings and emotional support.
Beacon Centre for the Blind consists of 71 self contained apartments for people with sight issues where residents can lead an independent life in a supported environment. They also have conference rooms, a gym and a cafe, along with an opticians and a number of charity shops.
They also provide:
- Black Country Talking Newspaper
- Further leisure and social activities including walks and theatre trips
- Youth club
- Low vision service
- Scheme to help find employment
- Personal care service to residents in North Dudley
They also send old glasses to help those with sight problems in Sri Lanka, an initiative that we assist with by collecting old glasses in our stores and branches. See the Appeal below for further information:-
Our local 2016 charity partner in this area was White House Cancer Support
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The White House is a drop-in centre for people affected by cancer and is open from 9am to 5pm each weekday. Their premises at 10 Ednam Road are a few minutes walk from the centre of Dudley and are convenient for bus services. There is disabled access and a car park at the side of the building. At busy times an overflow car park can be accessed from The Broadway. People are welcome to drop in, and except for complementary therapies and counselling, there is no need to make an appointment.
Local Opportunity Partners
The Wall Heath Village People
Based in Wall Heath at The Horse and Jockey Public House, the group are looking to set up a community library in the village. They also have a number of volunteers who regularly tend to public spaces, fitting planters and maintaining them throughout the year and litter picking. They also share any concerns about the local area with local authorities, such as antisocial behaviour, and look at ways of helping to prevent any issues.
Sedgley Archives Project
The Sedgley Archives Project is a group that is creating an archive of photographs, maps and information about the Sedgley area. They also have reminiscence days where people are invited to discuss their memories of the area, which will also be included in the archive. This ties in with one of our objectives, combating loneliness, as their reminiscence sessions help bring people together to share their experiences.
Groups and Schools
is an organisation which assists vulnerable people in the community by offering a safe place they can visit for assistance if they feel threatened or need help. We have agreed to use our stores and branches as Safe Places, offering assistance when needed. www.changingourlives.org/our-work/safe-places/
2nd Kingswinford Scout Group
This Group covers children from the age of 5 and three quarters to 14 (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts). They are celebrating their 70th year in March 2018. They are seeking assistance in the refurbishment of their scout hut that has a leaking roof and needs a new kitchen, as well as work around the surrounding groups. We are currently looking at volunteering opportunities, as well as fundraising.
Volunteering and Fundraising
Wallheath Summer Fayre
Download the year-end impact report.