Charity of the year
2018 Financial Year
Members voted at the AGM held on the 12th June 2018 to support the following two charities this year:
Somerset Coalfield Life Radstock Museum
A local Museum, with collections and purpose-built displays, now housed in the restored Radstock Old Market Hall.
With galleries on two floors you can learn about blacksmithing, coal mining, shoe and boot making, printing and local breweries
Bath & North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance
This is a voluntary organisation concerned with making Bath and North East Somerset dementia friendly. The DAA educates businesses, groups and organisations on how to become dementia friendly. It also maintains a list of activities that are available for those living with dementia in the B&NES area.
2017 Financial Year
Members voted at the AGM held on 14th June 2017 to support the following two charities for the year:
Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band
The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band want to continue to invest in their Brass Academy for their younger and less experienced members. The academy has seen numbers increase and the demand on spare instruments is becoming a cause for concern and to address this they have a three year plan of instrument replacement. The band plays at many local church and charity events throughout the local area and their aim is to give more people the opportunity to enjoy music making but to do this they need additional funds.
An independent local charity working with young people and communicates across Mendip including Frome, Shepton Mallet, Street, Glastonbury, Wells and surrounding villages. They provide 53 accommodation units across the district and café style drop in centre in Frome. They also run 8 youth clubs and provide a safe environment for young people.
Previous years supported charities
Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service - This service is provided free of charge to the NHS and is funded entirely by public donations and sponsorship. They transport blood, pathology & microbiology specimens, patient notes, X-rays, breast milk and other medical supplies
SWALLOW - South West Action for Learning and Living Our Way works together with people with learning disabilities to live life to the full through provision of a range of services and opportunities that help build valuable life skills and experiences.
Count Me In - An organisation that supports young adults with learning disabilities providing a safe environment where they can socialise and build their confidence through music.
The Carers Centre - The Carers Centre is established as the leading provider of free support, advice, breaks away from caring and influential lobbying for carers in Bath and North East Somerset. Adult carers of all ages and young carers aged 5 to 17 are eligible for help and support to make caring easier.
Autistic Eye - A small social enterprise providing opportunities for individuals on the autistic spectrum to share their creativity in a positive and insightful way.
Positive Action on Cancer (PAC) - PAC provides counselling to people with life-threatening illness to cope with the devastating news including family and friends of the patient.
W.I.S.H. - Working In Support of Holidays for the disabled
First Radstock Scout Group