Charity Better Together Community Support Group for Stoke-on-Trent and NuL are looking for volunteers to ‘make a difference’ in their local area.
Better Together, founded by Birgit Allport in 2018, works with veterans, older people, and families to address issues around disadvantage and social isolation.
Following funding grants allowing them to expand their services Better Together are looking for volunteers to get involved with their three core projects.
These are Little Humans, which offers breastfeeding support to new mothers and operated parent and toddler groups at locations across the area; the community garden at the Hug-in a-Mug community café at St Teresa’s church in Trent Vale and the A-Maizing-Grow gardening project at Our Lady and St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary School on Seabridge Lane in Clayton.
Opportunities will also be available for volunteers to support other projects, including helping to run the food bank and organizing community walks.
Volunteering is an opportunity to gain confidence and learn new skills in a ‘supportive and friendly environment’, Better Together will also provide a reference for volunteers who are seeking work.
Amie Ridgeway first got involved with Better Together following the birth of her youngest daughter during lockdown. Volunteering helped her to stay connected with people and provided a source of support during a difficult time.
She has since gone on to lead the Little Humans project, offering support and companionship to new parents, a role she said she “loves”, because it allows her to “help other parents who need support or maybe just a bit of a break”, and because she gets to see “the children grow and learn” through attending the group.