- Women’s refuge for those fleeing domestic violence
We provide toiletries, bed linen and toys to enable the residents to establish new homes. At Christmas we provide a hamper of seasonal foods.
- Pre-school play group
A group of women are striving to help their community by providing care for pre-school children. Since its inception the project has expanded and also incorporates after school and youth clubs. It is based in an area of social need. We have supported the project for a number of years and continue to do so.
- Female Genital Mutilation
The club has staged two events, including a panel of speakers, to raise awareness of this issue. Work continues in co-ordinaton with other clubs in Midland Chase Region. Members are encouraged to lobby MPs about this.
- Streams Hostel
This is a hostel for young people who would otherwise be homeless but who are in employment, training or education. The club works in partnership with the YMCA, who run the hostel and provide the basic essential facilities. Members of the club help to make it feel more like a home, with paint and soft furnishings for the communal areas and items to increase the comfort of residents’ rooms.
- Literacy project
For the second year running, we ran a very successful creative writing project for Year 5 children in partnership with Walsall Schools Library Service. There were approaching 200 entries the first time, more than 400 in the second year. Lloyds Bank generously sponsored the prizes for four winners and these were presented in The Mayor’s Parlour by Deputy Mayor of Walsall Kath Phillips.
In partnership with the Manor Hospital, members and supporters knitted and decorated muffs for use by patients with dementia – the warmth and texture of the muffs help the patients to remain calm and reduce the levels of distress the patients frequently experience. Many people have helped with this project – 70 muffs have so far been given to the hospital, with another 50 ready and more in production! Knitting is a popular activity among many of our supporters – we also sent 72 baby jumpers and 15 baby hats to a project in The Gambia in partnership with the church attended by one of our members.