South Staffordshire Christmas Fund
Released on 18 January 2021
South Staffordshire Christmas Fund Applications 2020
South Staffordshire Council launched a Christmas fund for Community Groups and Parishes to apply for up to £400 each to help support the most vulnerable in our communities. In total, 23 Community Groups and 7 Parishes applied and were all successful due to their heart-warming proposals. Many included sending out Christmas hampers, delivering a Christmas Day lunch or a New Year's Eve supper to the vulnerable. Others will be using the fund to enhance the work they do in our local communities. We look forward to sharing with you some of the stories we receive from the applicants in the new year, but for now here is a summary of each proposal:
We will continue to add photos/updates from the applicants.
Bilbrook Initiatives Hub
We became fully constituted in February 2020 with an aim to help combat social isolation and promote cross generation links and bonds. On Christmas day we aim to support between 40 and 50 members of the community with a freshly cooked and delivered 2 course meal with the addition of a buffet box being provided for Boxing Day.
Wyrley Juniors Football Club ('the Charity')
We would love to brighten up New Year's Eve for up to 100 local vulnerable residents by delivering to them a fish and chips supper on New Year's Eve. These locals would probably not see anyone on what should be a special evening and we would get our Youth Committee (made up of 10 really wonderful young club members) and their parents plus club officers to deliver them to the local vulnerable residents.
Create Community Hub in Huntington
This Christmas, Create are emphasising SCCs Look for a Light Initiative. We are encouraging people to make and bring their lanterns to the Pit Wheel, in the memorial garden in Huntington, to have a moment of distanced community identity. We have also launched our local neighbourhood food table where surplus food and food parcels are made available, especially over the Christmas period. The fund would enable us to provide more Christmas hampers and activity packs for those in need and to light up the wheel more effectively for the local community.
Rockspur CIC are a User Led, Not For Profit, Community Interest Company for Adults With Learning Disabilities. We would love to provide small grouped, socially distanced Christmas meals for all of our Members before we close on the 22.12.20 for the Christmas break. Christmas at Rockspur is normally the highlight of their year. We are absolutely gutted as so many will miss out.
Codsall Community Support Hub
Operating from the Forget me Not Club in the centre of the village, the Codsall Community Support Hub provides a safe, warm and welcoming one stop “drop in" facility where people can come for a coffee and a chat and where appropriate be signposted to access a range of services available to anyone needing advice or practical assistance. Funding is now being sought to assist with; venue running costs; provision of personal protective equipment and sanitising gel; promotional material; purchase of tea, coffee, and disposable cups, plates and spoons etc.
Codsall and Bilbrook Cancer Support Group
We provide a monthly meeting place at the local Methodist Church in Codsall, for people who have had a cancer diagnosis and their relatives. The fund will go towards professional speakers, craft workshops, public liability insurance, rent on the use of the Church and the cost of publicising the group. We would also like to give them an occasional treat such as an outing, lunch or afternoon tea.
Brewood Community Centre - The 2nd Brewood Scout Group
Due to successful fundraising and a generous legacy, a large fund was available and set aside to purchase the HQ hut. With the land, we acquired a second hut which was formerly a Youth Club that had been closed and boarded up about seven years ago. This prompted a decision to refurbish this building as a Community Centre. Phase 1 is completed, and Phase 2 is due for completion in February 2021. Fundraising has now commenced for Phase 3 which is the purchase of furniture, kitchen equipment and indoor activity equipment to promote healthy living. It is this phase for which we are now seeking funds.
Brewood Dementia Support Group.
We are a volunteer group founded in 2017 who support dementia patients and carers in the community by providing cognitive stimulation therapy and singing for the mind meetings. We registered as a Community interest Group this year. We are currently working on raising funds to allow us to buy more comfortable chairs for our sessions as many of the patients and carers have mobility problems as well as loss of cognitive ability.
Living Springs is a child centred assessment centre and our team provide parents with skills, knowledge and opportunities to achieve the very best outcomes for their children and themselves. We provide nine self-contained units which are used for residential parenting assessments, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Play Sessions and Day Trips are funded by the Living Springs Charity and provides holistic support.
With the South Staffordshire Christmas Fund, we would be able to buy a Turkey and all the trimmings to provide the families with a traditional Christmas dinner and gift the children with some toys so they have something to open on Christmas morning. These potentially would be the only gifts our families would receive on Christmas day.
FROG (Friends Of The Garden)
The FROG group of volunteers was set up five years ago. A group of horticultural enthusiasts felt they could use their enthusiasm and skills to further develop Great Wyrley Memorial Gardens. FROG has reached a point whereby essential tools need buying to retain the current profile and to consider the 'global warming' features that have been bought recently to our attention for more detailed consideration. It is hoped that FROG can move forward with our partners and community members as 'glimmers' of pandemic relief occur in 2021.ves H
Cally's Gems is a new start up community group that is in Kinver. During Covid-19 we have been having fortnightly get togethers in our small support group bubbles for isolated and lonely residents over the age of 45. We meet at the KSCA for a natter, refreshments and workshops. We would like the funds to hold a mini Christmas get together with our small support bubbles to supply a home cooked meal for the vulnerable, isolated and lonely people who live in Kinver.
South Staffordshire Work Clubs
Since the announcement of the first and second lockdowns and the current Tier 3 in Staffordshire, to date, South Staffordshire Work Clubs have continued to work with our clients via Facebook, Twitter, Emails, FaceTime, Zoom and phone calls.
Funding is now being sought to assist with; venue running costs, provision of personal protective equipment and sanitising gel; promotional material; purchase of tea, coffee and disposable cups, plates, spoons etc.
Our charity is run for the benefit of adults with learning disabilities. To help our members as they isolate we are doing a lot things for them online, and sending out packs containing activity sheets and simple crafts for them to do. We are also producing these packs for the small number still attending, as none of the usual activities are available at the moment. We have found that our packs have helped brighten dark days and provide a needed distraction, so their parents/carers get a little break too.
Wombourne Indoor Bowling Club
We are an indoor Short mat Bowling Club which under normal circumstances would meet twice a week in the Youth and Community Centre in Wombourne. We have been unable to meet since last March. As soon as we can reopen in the New Year we would like to make up for this. Since there has been no income this is not going to be possible, therefore I am wondering if you could see your way clear to give the club a grant of £400 so that we can celebrate the reopening of the club and a buffet lunch.
Cheslyn Hay Table Tennis Club
We run a bat and chat group on a Thursday afternoon for the over 65s, this is solely for beginners. The benefits of regular exercise not only have an impact on physical health but also of mental and emotional health. Lockdown has come at a considerable cost to our club. We would like to apply for £400 so we can provide our members with bats and balls.
Great Wyrley Walking For Health
Our group wish to visit a local reservoir, but we have minimal funding to try any new initiatives due to their associated transport costs.
Brewood WI has tried to support our vulnerable (mainly elderly) members the best we can during the lockdown since March. The ones that we are concerned about are those who have no online facilities. We have tried to keep in touch and support them by phone calls, letters and cards and in the late summer we used our funds to buy every member a little plant. All members were visited by a committee member and also given a letter to keep them up to date with the WI situation. We would like to be able to do more of this but our funds are low. We also support the community by providing planters around the village and stocking them with seasonal plants. At present we are uncertain as to whether we will be able to do this without relying on the generosity of our members by requesting financial help.
Dementia Singing Friends
We have continued to run throughout this year, despite the pandemic, by complying with all requirements but mindful it has stopped us reaching as many as we would like. Flyers are currently going out to shops in the area once they are allowed to display them. We also want to offer some form of “Welcome to our Group" pack with information, stickers/signs, hopefully a Dementia Clock and other useful notes, advice and useful contact points. The money would also fund the Christmas party we are putting on and to get more screens to enable more people to attend once the restriction of 15 is lifted.
We would like to use the grant to purchase PPE to use for our new Digital Inclusion Project called 'Digitalising Day Opportunities' which started in August 2020 to help ease isolation due to the Covid Pandemic. The project purchased tablets and laptops which are being used by our staff to interact with service users at our 5 Day Opportunities (Day Care Centres) and when out on 'Day Opportunities at Home Calls'.
Penk Moneywise is a small charity which has been providing free, in normal circumstances face to face, debt and budgeting advice within a 10-mile radius of Penkridge since 2010. To help meet the increased demand on our services, we are fortunate to have recently recruited a new volunteer who is going to train as a debt advisor. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions we would also like to purchase a 12-month Zoom Pro licence. Our increasing workload will also increase our ongoing running costs; travel, postages and stationery.
WINGS: Wombourne Special Needs Support Group
For the past twenty-five years WINGS has provided a regular programme of events and activities for children and young people with a wide range of disabilities including: Autism, Down's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, Angelman's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. We would like your support to continue to run our online sessions, but we are particularly keen to be able to send out packs of Christmas activities to our members.
Wombourne Volunteer Bureau
Prior to March we ran a series of luncheon clubs for the elderly and disabled in the village. We have stayed in touch by phone with the people who attended throughout the lockdown and it is clear that they are really missing the social contact. We would like to give a gift to all the people who attend the luncheons and we have in mind giving a small plant, chocolates or biscuits and a card from our chairman. We cater for 50 people.
Pattingham Village Hall
Pattingham Village Hall is used for: Pattingham Drama Group, Brownies, Parish Council Meetings, Bowling, Tuesday Trekkers, Who's For Lunch, Flower Club, Ladies Club, Pre School Groups, Gentle Exercise Classes, Pilates and Yoga. Before the pandemic the Village Hall committee was in the process of looking to install a dishwasher for their use. Due to the significant loss of income to the Village Hall through two lockdowns, we will now find it very difficult to fund this. We would be very grateful if you would consider our organisation as a recipient for the funding in order to help us to continue providing quality accommodation for many groups.
Wombourne Parish Council
To source a two-course Christmas lunch from a local pub/restaurant to support local businesses and provide elderly vulnerable residents a meal to eat on Christmas Day.
Perton Parish Council
Perton Parish Council would like to apply for the £400 Christmas grant fund to support the lonely, isolated and vulnerable residents in our Parish, including those in the hamlets of Kingswood and Trescott by providing a hot boxed meal on Christmas Eve. This will also help the local businesses that are struggling during this time.
We received some heart warming comments from the volunteers;
- The lady was hoping and whooping up and down her path
- It's brought smiles and happiness to many
- The resident was moved to tears
- he laid a table for the first time this year to sit and enjoy the meal
Bilbrook Parish Council
We would like to apply for the £400 funding to help the Bilbrook Initiative Hub who are delivering meals on Christmas and Boxing day. The £400 will allow them to deliver additional meals over the one's they are already planning to deliver. The Initiative Hub has done a fantastic job over lockdown supporting the vulnerable of Bilbrook and I believe they would be a worthy recipient of the £400.
Lapley, Stretton & Wheaton Aston Parish Council
We have spoken with the Parish Luncheon Club who have identified a number of individuals who would benefit from additional food gifts this Christmas. We will deliver hampers to the residents identified by the Luncheon Club (who prepare monthly meals for those in need). We will source food gifts from the local shop and package and deliver them using volunteers in the week leading up to Christmas.
Huntington Parish council
We intend to spread a little Christmas cheer to some of our elderly and vulnerable residents located in Ashcroft Hollow Nursing Home. Ashcroft Hollow has 29 residents consisting of a mixture of residential and EMI residents. These residents will not be able to see their family members over Christmas when it is traditional for families to get together and celebrate. Huntington Parish Council, with the support of the nursing home manager, would like to provide each resident with a gift to open on Christmas Day. The manager of the nursing home would arrange for Santa to visit (in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions) to deliver the gifts.
Pattingham & Patshull Parish Council
Our plan is to prepare Christmas hampers with some seasonal food items and distribute them via St Chads First School, and St Chads Church. The school has a 'pupil premium' list and the church have a list of housebound vulnerable adults. The hampers distributed via the school will be packaged in seasonal supermarket style bags for life.
Himley Parish Council
At the end of the first Lockdown, when we had seen treats being given to NHS staff all over the country on TV, I discovered that the care homes in our Parish had not received anything. I therefore propose that any money you could allocate to us would be used to buy treats for the staff at both Himley Mill Care Home and The Firs Care Home in Gospel End. Theses staff do an excellent job and they are usually on low rates of pay so they deserve a treat.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000