Twenty highlights of 2020
Published: 4th Jan, 2021
This year it is perhaps harder than most find the positive moments, but we wanted to take the time to reflect on our achievements and share the good news, despite the challenges we’ve faced.
Our 20 Highlights of 2020
- We helped set up and run Helping Hands Whitchurch, a community group supporting vulnerable people during the first lockdown.
- We launched an online club offering older people advice and support on how to look after their mental and physical wellbeing (find out more about the Wise and Well Club here).
- Our Hearing Loss Volunteers continued to support hearing aid wearers by making socially-distanced ‘doorstep’ repairs.
- We welcomed a new member to our team – Fundraising Manager Stacey Teece.
- We received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver development support to small groups, particularly those set up to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Our Community Resilience Fund, which was launched in February to help community groups affected by flooding but quickly grew to include Covid-19 support, received a £20,000 boost from Twemlows Solar Farm.
- Our annual Warmer Winter Appeal launched in November and is raising much-needed funds for people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin living in fuel poverty (if you’d like to donate you can do so here).
- We teamed up with four other local charities for the Shropshire Virtual Show, an exciting online summer event celebrating the best of the county and featuring entertainment, competitions, activities and shopping.
- We brought together organisations and potential volunteers at a (face-to-face!) event on 14 February that we dubbed ‘St Volunteers Day’.
- We were selected as a Weston Charity Award winner, allowing us to boost the investment in our future with a core grant and a year’s strategic planning support from a team of business leaders.
- We became a delivery partner for the Marches Community Led Housing Hub, helping communities across Shropshire with their community-led housing projects.
- We received funding from Shropshire Council to establish a wellbeing resource bank for the voluntary sector.
- Our oil buying scheme has been keeping supplies flowing to rural residents and achieved rock bottom prices for members, hitting 19.89 pence per litre in May.
- We have been providing energy saving advice as part of the Big Energy Saving Network, both in-person through our January road trip around the county and remotely through our online 1-to-1 sessions (which you can still book here).
- Our Wise and Well Club members took on the challenge of collectively walking the length of a marathon, raising over £700 for us and other charities.
- Our Wheels2Work scheme helped key workers stay on the road throughout the first lockdown, and secured grants to help with running costs and to fund the purchase of additional electric bikes.
- One of our members – Ford Village Hall – received a makeover from construction firm SWG after winning its Community Building Award.
- Our Head of Finance Sue took on the 2.6 Challenge in May, rowing 26.2 kilometres in her back garden and raising over £1,300 for Wheels2Work.
- We hosted our AGM on the 60th anniversary of the first meeting the charity held (we hope to have a proper celebration soon!)
- And finally, reflecting on the past 60 years and our plans for the future, we developed a new name and brand for the organisation – all to be revealed next year!
It has been a tough year for everyone and we hope that 2021 will be better for us all. Thank you for your continued interest, and support for our work.