Over £7,000 has been distributed across 10 local groups in Shrewsbury in 2016
Over £7,000 has been distributed across 10 local groups in Shrewsbury in 2016 including allocating funds to support Shrewsbury Young Carers to hold a Christmas party last year, providing respite for the young carers and an opportunity to enjoy the Christmas festivities.
Colleagues contributed over 980 volunteering hours in Shrewsbury in 2016.
Colleagues and members have donated over 4,000 products to their local food banks, providing meals to over 100 families in need.
Working with; Bicton C Of E School, Bishops Castle Community College, and Priory Secondary School to help develop young people.
Helping to provide a safe place for vulnerable young people in Shrewsbury by supporting the local Street Pastors support vehicle.
Bicton CE Primary School Visit Website Sophie Thorne Shrewsbury Arthritis Support Group Visit Website Shropshire Disability Network Visit Website Minsterley Show Society Visit Website Confide Counselling Service Visit Website Foodbank PLUS (Barnabus Community Projects) Visit Website Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwin Visit Website Grange Primary School Visit Website
Our local 2017 charity partner is Hope House.
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Hope House provides specialist nursing care and support to children with conditions so serious they are not expected to reach early adulthood. The Hope House teams support the whole family from diagnosis throughout the lifetime of the child and beyond and help children enjoy the best quality of life and be as comfortable, happy and fulfilled as they can be.
Support includes: Stays at Hope House, bereavement and counselling services, Home Care, support for brothers and sisters nd social work team.
Hope House are located in Owestry, Shropshire.
Our local 2016 charity partner in this area was Severn Hospice who give specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire and Mid Wales who are living with an incurable illness.
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The Severn Hospice support families through the good days and bad days because they believe that when cure is no longer possible, care is. Since 1989, they have given free care and support to more than 27,000 patients and their loved ones during their time of greatest need. They now help more than 2,800 local people every year.
The hospice is part of health services offered to people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales but they are not part of the NHS. The hospice is a completely independent charity, having to raise around two-thirds of its running costs.
All of the care they provide to thousands of people every year is only possible thanks to the generous support they receive from the communities they serve. Their services are funded through a combination of kind donations from local people, fundraising activities, a lottery and retail departments, gifts in people’s wills and grants from the NHS.
Local Opportunity Partners
Shrewsbury Street Pastors
Shrewsbury Street Pastors started when the local Police and Shropshire Council approached the local Churches and asked if we could launch a scheme with the aim of making the town centre a safer place for people to enjoy themselves over the weekend. There are 28 volunteer Street Pastors from eleven different Churches with more than 20 Churches supporting in different ways. A Street Pastor is someone who makes themselves available to help people who have become vulnerable in the evening. This may be through the effects of alcohol, or drugs, or relational difficulty and emotional distress. Street Pastors help people get home safe, getting them back in touch with their friends and providing things like space blankets to keep warm, water to re-hydrate or flip flops if they can no longer walk in high heels.
“Young carers” are young people, ie children or young people 18 and under, whose life is in some way restricted or limited because of the need to take responsibility for the care of a person who is ill, has a disability, is experiencing mental distress or is effected by substance abuse. Young carers’ responsibilities may include organising life, help with medication, domestic chores, organising household, shopping, personal care, lifting, helping young members of the family, emotional support for the rest of the family and much more.
Groups and Schools
We are currently working with Meole Brace and Bicton C of E Primary school.
Volunteering and Fundraising Events
4 volunteers were provided to work with the Street Pastor Vehicle on a Saturday evening. Midcounties Co-operative providing branding for the vehicle to raise awareness of our support. We also support their Carol Service, by supplying mince pies and biscuits. This is all done by using the money donated from the Carrier Bag Funds.
We have supported days out for two Young Carers which included a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park and also attending the Midcounties Co-operative Fun Day - both of which were achieved. We will also be supporting the Young Carers Christmas Party with a donation from the Carrier Bag Funds.
Download the year-end impact report.