STC – Supporting the Just for Women Centre

In September 2015, Stanley Town Council was approached by PS Dave Clarke who had a vision to turn a junk shop on Stanley Front Street into a community cafe which would provide support, training and mentoring and help to tackle social isolation and a range of issues. The Town Council supported his vision by taking the lease of the building on and that initiative has grown into PACT House, which has been a shining example of how a local council can tactically deploy a small part of its budget to empower and enable a wide section of the community and support volunteering and community led social support by giving them a focal point with security of tenure.

The Council believes this model of supporting key local third sector partners is a model which not only provides support for people at the sharp end where it is needed but also represents incredible value for money. The Council could not possibly have provided a resource like PACT House on its own without spending hundreds of thousands of pounds and had it tried to, there would have been no guarantee that the public would have ‘bought in’ in the way that they have with PACT being an independent locally managed organisation.

Following this model, the Town Council is now in the process of trying to secure a permanent base for the Just for Women Centre. The Just for Women centre is another local success story, providing help and support and therapeutic services for hundreds of local women, young people (and men, through their CREE projects) which have been vital helping vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn. They also work with young people from both local secondary schools and through the Catch 22 programme. Their current premises are being sold and there is a real risk that the charity and the services it provides could be lost to Stanley if they cannot find suitable alternative accomodation. The programme of austerity that has been in place for nearly 8 years means that many vital services supporting local people have been lost as the statutory providers can increasingly only deal with only those in absolutely dire need. Without services like Just for Women and PACT House, there would be many more in dire need which would stretch those statutory services even further and further squeeze people in need of help and support locally.

An article form the Northern Echo last year gives just some examples of the work that the centre has done locally.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15671566.A_haven_for_the_desperate___Just_For_Women_Centre_has_been_a_lifeline_for_women_from_all_over_the_region/

Local MP Kevan Jones, who is president of the charity, said “I’m delighted to see that the Town Council are rising to the challenge of using their limited resources to see services provided in Stanley in an innovative way by working in partnership and providing support to third sector providers to enable the community to help themselves and deliver much greater value for money”

This is why the Town is proposing to purchase a building in Stanley to lease to the Just for Women Centre to give them the security of tenure to keep their existing services going and be able to build their programme in the future. We welcome the public’s opinions as to whether supporting local charities to provide services in Stanley is a good approach for the Town Council to take.

Extraordinary Council Meeting 7th November 2017

The Town Mayor has called an extraordinary Council meeting next Tuesday to consider a request for support from the Just for Women Centre. An extraordinary meeting can be called at any time by the Town Mayor, or by two ordinary members of Council to consider a single issue. The agenda is linked below.

‘-ExC Agenda 7 November 2017

ATTACHMENT A – Just for women request – redacted

Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal

The appeal was first set up in 2006 for children in the Derwentside area and to date has helped over 3500 children have a happier Christmas day. Last year with your help and generosity 534 children in Derwentside woke up to presents on Christmas morning, 361 of those in the Stanley area.  In anticipation of your support we would like to thank you for donating to this year’s appeal.

There will be a box in the reception area of Stanley Civic Hall, local businesses and schools for anyone wishing to donate a present between 30th November and 15th December.

We appeal to you to help make Christmas special by donating new, unwrapped gifts for children & young people who face the reality of waking  up to nothing under the Christmas tree this year.

 So go on make a child smile this Christmas morning and buy an extra gift this year!

 From experience of previous years gifts most needed are for-

Under 1 year old children (rattles, educational toys but not cuddly toys please)

Gifts for Teenage boys (age appropriate games, cosmetics, watches etc)

We would ask that all donations please be new and unwrapped to help empower the parent/carer to wrap them for their children.

Case Study

“One family had returned from holiday in December to find the family home had been burgled. The presents bought for the big day had amongst other items been stolen. Due to the holiday finances were low and support was needed from the Toy Appeal to ensure the children had gifts to open on Dec 25th”.

“Mum and dad within a local family had jobs in factories, but within a 4 week period leading up to Christmas lost their jobs meaning they didn’t have money to buy gifts for Christmas. The gifts donated helped their 2 children have a special time”

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Request for Volunteers – Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Annfield Plain, Stanley for a local resident who is not able to walk their three little dogs a 6 year old Shih Tzu, and two dear little 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who would love to go for a good walk. If anyone would like to volunteer we would be delighted to hear from them.
We wondered if you would be able to help us publicise our need for volunteers in the area.
We always need new volunteers so even if you can only spare an hour a week we would love to hear from you,
Please call during office hours 01736 758707 email us at volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk or check out our website for more details www.cinnamon.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1134680 The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861