Voluntary Action Rotherham have discovered that many of you have great stories to tell of the good work your staff and volunteers are doing.
To view the stories please click on the links below.
- A Mind Apart Theatre Company - added 06.08.08
- Lowedge Community & Safety Forum - added 06.08.08
- North Barnsley Partnership - added 06.08.08
- Dial Doncaster - added 06.08.08
Have you got a good story to tell?
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A Mind Apart Theatre Company is a community based company working with children, young people and adults. Jodie Marshall who runs the group aims to help people of all ages in the areas of confidence, self-discipline and life skills through training them in performing arts. In this way, Jodie hopes to equip them with skills that are important both on and off stage.
Background - Kathleen Miller had been unable to work since 1991 due to ill health. She suffers from asthma and oedema which severely restricts her mobility. She felt isolated while just sitting at home all day.
North Barnsley Partnership (NBP) was established in 2002 to devise and deliver an Integrated Development Plan to contribute to the economic regeneration of an area in the north of Barnsley centred on Royston and Carlton.
Working closely with a number of community groups, as well as organisations in both the public and private sectors, NBP has sought to ensure that the needs of the community are met by the projects it is involved in. From developing ideas for meeting these needs and finding funding for the projects, through to supervising their delivery and ensuring their successful completion, NBP is involved in every stage of the development of their projects.
Funded by the Objective 1 European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward Single Pot monies, together with other public and private sector match funding, NBP has invested in excess of £10 million in north Barnsley. NBP’s largest current projects involve the creation of nearly 40,000ft2 of office accommodation and workshop units at Wharncliffe Business Park in Carlton and a new Lifelong Learning Centre in Royston, both of which are due to open in September 2008.
DIAL Doncaster has been providing an information, advice and guidance service to disabled and seriously ill people, as well as their carers, families and health workers in the Doncaster area for 25 years. DIAL Doncaster aims to raise awareness of disability issues in order to influence change, as well as to empower and enable people with disabilities to live more enriched and independent lives.
Volunteers from DIAL Doncaster often go into local primary schools to raise young children’s awareness of disability. To support these ventures DIAL Doncaster runs two charity shops, even collecting donations from people’s houses.
A number of DIAL Doncaster’s excellent volunteers have personally had their lives affected by disability or serious illness. It is the ability of those volunteers to empathise with others in similar situations that motivates many of them to volunteer. Peter volunteers as a receptionist at DIAL Doncaster, and has suffered from six strokes. He heard about the charity when they visited the school where his wife works, and was keen to get involved. He enjoys the opportunity to help others with disabilities and thinks it is important to teach children about the issues surrounding disability.
The charity also provides disability training to businesses and community groups in the area. With all this great work going on, DIAL Doncaster can look forward to the next 25 years!