A huge THANK YOU to the James Beattie Trust for their kind donation to Wolverhampton Mencap to help support our members who are desperate to return to their sheltered support activities at our Glyn Bank headquarters. Covid 19 has prevented ALL of the activities such as cookery, arts and crafts, singing classes and woodwork from taking place, as well as our Gateway Club socialising on a Friday evening. This has meant that Members have been isolated, lonely and often frightened by the world outside their homes. Our volunteers have continued to produce as many online activities as possible to provide support during this time.
Bal and Jamie proudly showing their walking in Bantock Certificates
A proud Greg with his certificate. Well done!
Recently small groups have been participating in group walks around Bantock Park.
We are now significantly improving our hygiene facilities at G
Glyn Bank so that some sheltered activities can resume in small groups. Thanks to the James Beattie Trust this can now happen!
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I wanted to send you an update and some photos and feed
back from the project that the funding the James Beattie Charitable Trust made possible.
The food for families project supported families from the local community that were identified by working with the schools within our area.
70 families were identified (and there could have possibly have been more had we had more time to plan the project) that would struggle with buying food during the 6 week holiday from schools.
We ran 3 sessions (one every 2 weeks) over the summer holidays, and provided these families with basic food cupboard supplies and a few treats for the children to help them to get through, what for some has been an extremely difficult time.
A few of the comments taken from surveys on what the project has helped with from some of the recipients:
‘I don’t have to choose between buying food or paying the bills. The project has taken a huge weight off me.’
‘With being furloughed, things are really tight, the support of these packages will help us greatly. Thank you to Sam and the Bilbrook Initiatives Hub.’
‘I can treat my children a little without worrying. Thank you.’
‘We have been shielding for so long, this (food parcels) is really helping us.’
The project has been a great success, with us looking already toward Christmas and if a similar provision will be required then.
But what we do kn
ow is that we are grateful once again to the trustees for helping us to make an impact in such a positive way within our local community. We are thankful for your continued support as we pursue making a difference for those who need the help the most.
Bilbrook Initiatives Hub
We are thrilled to have been given a generous grant! Heart Care has been working hard during this health crisis to support vulnerable patients suffering from heart and lung diseases by providing over the phone support and information on social media and our website.
Many patients are elderly and alone and the lockdown has affected their physical and mental health. However, the team have been able to provide support, health advice and signpost to
any other services that might be of help to them.
Betty, 84 and has been taking part in our
home exercise programme. Having recently come out of hospital with heart problems she had no further follow up appointments pencilled in, feeling abandoned fortunately one of Heart Care’s nurses made contact. Since then the team has scheduled regular calls with Betty saying:
“The calls and chats have been a great help. It felt like a lifeline!”
Our grateful thanks to Beattie’s Trust for helping fund the Friends of Bilston Town Hall gardens improvements, 2020.
To tend the gardens during the Covid 19 lockdown was a rewarding occupation in itself as we are unable to feature films in the Town
Hall Ballroom during the present crisis. Both levels of the gardens have matured pleasantly and are greatly appreciated by the townsfolk.
We are trying to entwine local and national celebratory dates within the gardens (such as “Black Country Day” flag flown on 14th July),
National Remembrance Day will be significantly manifested this year.
Thank you for helping transform a neglected area into the town garden of which we are extremely proud.
Friends Of Bilston Town Hall.