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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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.
We were delighted to receive your letter advising that the Trustees of The James Beattie Charitable Trust agreed to make a donation to The Haven Wolverhampton. This is wonderful news – on behalf of everyone at The Haven, thank you very much.
As a long-time supporter of our work you will understand the impact domestic abuse can have on the women and children we support. As such, we can’t thank you enough for your support which will enable more women and children to leave abuse in their past, overcome trauma, and move forward to a brighter future.
“The Haven support has provided a safe space for me to talk about how I feel, my fears, concerns for my son’s wellbeing. The Haven provide a support person to attend court hearings with me which is crucial support to help me keep strong which also helps me to stay resilient for my child.” – Anon
The Haven Wolverhampton supports women and dependent children who are vulnerable to domestic violence, homelessness and abuse. Through our five communal refuges in Wolverhampton (which provide accommodation to 62 women and up to 100 children at any one time), and support to those living in the community – in their own homes alone, or with the perpetrator – our focus is on holistic service provision under one roof, so women and children get all the help they need through their journey away from abuse. We can’t thank the Trustees of The James Beattie Charitable Trust enough for their very kind support, which will enable more women and children to leave abuse in their past, overcome trauma, and move forward to a brighter future.
The Haven Wolverhampton
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Thank you so much for pledging such a generous donation to support our Going that Extra Mile campaign to ensure that we have met our fund-raising target. This has lifted the staff in school so much brought much excitement to the children at home and in school as they realise what we will be able to provide that they can all look forward to in September. It is a very difficult time for schools and our fundraising efforts and this project have been an enormous success in terms of uniting the school community, engaging hard to reach children, motivating families to achieve things together and to be achieve and now exceed our end financial goal is the icing on the cake!
We look forward to sending you a thank you from the children when our new equipment is in place being enjoyed by our children.
Thank you for helping us end this academic year on a real positive that we can always look back on and be proud of having achieved in a very challenging time.
SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy & Nursery
Tel: 01902 556447
Fax: 01902 556441
A Hidden Gem!
Situated alongside the canal at Newbridge is the M S Therapy Centre. Set up in 1986 to help people who
suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. A warm welcome awaits visitors in a lovely setting backing on to the canal. Members and their families/carers can sit around the large table and chat while waiting for their appointments. On sunnier days the terrace is available to watch the world go by (or the odd narrowboat or two).
Our charity has been providing therapies and support to our members and their families/carers in the local area and throughout the West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire for 33 years in September this year. The centre has a small staff team and a number of volunteers who give their time each week. Members self-refer to us who have Multiple Sclerosis, other neurological conditions, along with members who have cancer, strokes, sports injuries and more.
The centre offers oxygen under pressure in a chamber and more recently members who cannot go in to the chamber for what- ever reason can sit outside of the chamber breathing oxygen through a mask.
We offer physiotherapy, reflexology and other holistic therapies such as massage, reiki and psychotherapy.
Our objective is to be able to continue to offer our services to our members who currently use our lovely facilities but also to try and help more families out in the community who may need our support. To enable us to do this we have to raise over £150,000 per annum. Our members pay a contribution towards the cost of their therapy and we are very grateful to receive donations from organisations such as the James Beattie Trust whose recent donation of £2125.00 will go towards helping the centre become COVID safe for our members enabling them to have their own masks when they return following the lock down .
Wolverhampton & District M S Therapy Centre Ltd. Registered Charity No. 701791
Meadow View Wharf, (off Tettenhall Road), Wolverhampton, WV6 0JT Tel: 01902 744888.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.mscentre.co.uk
On behalf of Wolves Play Café I would like to say a huge thank you to the James Beattie Charitable Trust for your generous donation of £557.20 for the Play at Home Activity Packs Project.
The funds have enabled us to carefully develop and resource 20 Play At Home Packs which will be distributed by working with Low Hill Nursery School. They will support families with young children in the area by providing quality resources, books and activities to support playing and development of little ones at home at this challenging time. The funding also has provided the opportunity for the organisation to be able to reproduce the packs in the future to further support families and enable investment in Wolves Play Café’s accessible play opportunities across the city.
We have shared the project via social media and will be posting a short blog about the project including photos and testimonials on our website as well.
Thank you again for your contribution to supporting young children and caregivers in our city.
Co-Founder and Chair
Lisa Stallard, Co-Founder
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Let Us Play would like to thank the James Beattie Trust for their grant enabling us to continue supporting the amazing
children we have the pleasure of working with. Lockdown has been especially hard for our members as the change in routine is very hard
to understand. Our families have said receiving our activity and craft packs ‘feels like Christmas’, and we know being able to see the Let Us Play team on youtube, making the craft is very comforting for our members as normality at the moment is very rare.
Let us Play have also sent make your own teddy bears with scrubs to the children with a letter for parents to try and help the children understand what’s going on and hopefully feel happier.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
With the very best regards.
Let Us Play
On behalf of my committee, to the board of trustees, we want to express our gratitude for the funding that you very generously donated to t
he Hub to help support us in our hot meal provision scheme during the current pandemic crisis.
Last week we delivered 124 meals and this week we expected to deliver more.
So far during lockdown we have seen the demand for meals increase by 20% every week, with Sunday lunch being the most popular!
We are grateful to have George and Helen preparing the meals every day for those who need them, and as you can see, where we can, meals are delivered by bicycle!
Many thanks again.
Bilbrook Initiatives Hub
Tel: 07866 465997