Can You Help Vulnerable People?

Burslem Jubilee Logo

Burslem Jubilee Project has been working since 2014 to help asylum seekers & refugees. People who have fled war, persecution and torture and travelled in difficult and deadly circumstances to places where they are not welcome to find a refuge.

Refugees passing a child across barbed wire

BJP work in Burslem, are totally volunteer led and run and are a helping hand to those in need by providing: ESOL lessons; physical comforts in the form of food, clothing &c; a safe place to visit; activities to help them integrate into the community and, with partner organizations, advice on a range of topics. Please look at their website at for more information on what they do.

BJP are looking for volunteers to join their team and I am helping them to spread the word, so if you are interested in helping them then go to their website or use their contact details below (or contact me). If you are not interested, then please share this post to others.

In addition to ‘general’ volunteers they are looking for specific posts such as:

Click on the links for rôle descriptions.

Full training can be given for these posts. If you would like to know more then email Sheila Podmore on or telephone 07958 250281 for a chat.

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

The grants programme awards up to £500,000 across 11 UK regions annually. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

The funding is for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

Grant awards will be determined by Nationwide members who will vote on the shortlisted projects.

The deadline for this round is 5 July 2019. Applications will only be accepted from West of England, North West, North Midlands, the North East of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applicants should check the list of local authorities ( on the UK Community Foundations website to see if funding is available in their area.

Groups that would like to discuss their application should contact their local community foundation.

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Grants for specialist equipment for the direct use of children up to the age of 18 years who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and are resident in the UK. There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded, but typically grants will be between £100 and £6,000. Most grants will be for less than £5,000.Applications may be submitted at any time.

Applications can be made from non-profit making groups and organisations working with children up to, and including, the physical age of 18 years. These include statutory bodies (schools and hospitals), hospices and small registered charities. These applications must also be supported by a letter from medical professional.

Applications can be made on behalf of individual children. These must be supported by a letter from an appropriately qualified medical professional, such as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or paediatricianand must be for specialist equipment which will be of clear direct benefit to a child or children with a disability/disabilities and/or with special needs. Payments are usually made on receipt of invoices from the supplier.

Guidelines and an application form can be found on the Variety Club website ( Contact the Variety Club for further information on 0207 428 8120 or

Wooden Spoon Charity

Grants are available for organisations that are working to support disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK. Around 70 projects are funded each year. There is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level. However, it is unlikely that a project of a physical nature that is under £5,000 will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify.

The funding is for projects that enhance the quality of life of children and young people in the UK who are mentally, socially or physically disadvantaged. This could be through sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas, respite, medical and community care.

Organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Wooden Spoon can only make grants to organisations with a legal status. For example, schools, charities, and private members clubs. Applications from groups working in partnership are eligible but one organisation must take the lead for the application and be the primary beneficiary and point of contact.

The funding is for projects that address the following areas:

  • Health and well-being
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Specialist equipment and facilities
  • Playgrounds and outdoor activities
  • Education projects

Applicants are encouraged to contribute a percentage of the funds required.

Application forms can be found on the Wooden Spoon Society website ( Contact Wooden Spoon for further information at 01252 773 720

Co-op Local Community Fund

Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man.

No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified.

Most communities get £4,000 to £6,000 to share between three causes.

The funding will be made in two payments: April 2020 and November 2020.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is provided by the Co-op as part of a new membership scheme which gives a 5% reward to shoppers on their purchases of Co-op own-brand products and services, together with an additional 1% given to local causes of their choice.

The Co-op is offering the funding as a way to support local groups that are working to benefit the lives of Co-op members and their communities. The deadline for applications is 16 June 2019.

Funding is available for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes.

To be eligible, projects must address at least one of the following:

  • Help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces.
  • Support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities.
  • Help people reach their full potential by developing their skills.
  • Projects or events must also:
  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man.
  • Not have religious or political aims; however, religious organisations can apply.
  • Benefit the local community.
  • Take place or will still be running after November 2020.
  • Meet the Co-operatives values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Co-op’s website ( Contact the Co-op for further

Football Foundation – Stay in the Game

Grants are available for men’s football clubs to help with the retention of adult male teams in England. Grants of £750 are available. The grant will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club. The deadline for applications is 6 June 2019 (5pm).

The funding will support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, and affiliation fees.

Applications are made through Grantshot, the Football Foundation’s online application portal, see their website for details:

Contact the Football Association for further information by telephone 0345 345 4555 or email

A B Charitable Trust

Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK. The grants range in size, with most grants being in the range of £10,000 to £20,000.

The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT), an independent, UK based grant-making organisation, is concerned with promoting and defending human dignity and human rights. The Trust’s focus is on unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.

The next deadline is 10 May 2019. Charities should have an annual income of between £150,000 and £1.5 million and no substantial investments or surpluses. Capital appeals are not normally supported.

An online application form must be submitted with a funding proposal, no longer than 1,200 words in Microsoft Word format, including background, aims and objectives, activities and achievements.

Applications and funding proposals should be uploaded along with following supporting documents:

  • Signed copy of the charity’s latest accounts/statements, with a reporting date that is no more than 12 months prior to the application deadline.
  • The organisation’s latest management accounts and the projected surplus/deficit for the current financial year.
  • Up to two items of publicity material that illustrate the work of the charity, such as annual reviews or leaflets.

Contact the A B Charitable Trust ( for further information by telephone 020 7313 8070 or email

Strasser Foundation

The Strasser Foundation, a very small registered charity, offers funding to voluntary and community organisations in the geographical area of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and environs for local good causes. Applications are accepted at any time.

The funding is intended to support projects that are charitable in nature and benefit, children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities.

Applicants are advised to contact the Foundation to confirm that exclusions do not apply.

The Foundation does not maintain a website or have a formal application form. Applications should be made in writing to The Strasser Foundation.

The Strasser Foundation
c/o Knights Solicitors
The Brampton

Tel: 01782 627089

Changes To CIC Documents Need to Register Company

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (quite a long title) has published their updated documents should you wish to register a CIC by post. The document is CC 36 and it provides a description of who your community is, what activities you will do and how these will benefit your customers or clients.

Old Legal Document

The latest version of CC 36 can be found by going to ORCIC’s website by clicking here. Alternatively for CC36 click here, for the continuation sheet click here.

Remember you can now register a CIC online and at less cost. The link for this is here.

Sir John Middlemore Charitable Trust

Grants are available to support not-for-profit organisations working to directly benefit children and young people under the age of 18 and for those with a disability, 25, in the West Midlands. Grants of up to £3,000 is available through the scheme.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year. The majority of support is focussed on Birmingham, however, applications are accepted from organisations across the West Midlands.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support smaller organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s website ( or requested by email ( The completed application forms should be returned by email. Postal applications will also be accepted if applicants cannot access email.

In an effort to reduce administration costs, no correspondence or telephone conversations will be entered into with regard to applications.