Category Archives: charities

Charities can ease the burden on healthcare

Organisations close to their communities can often respond to needs in a more targeted way, find solutions and co-ordinate services


Mayfair Community Centre co-ordinates a package of support and care based within the community for people with long-term conditions.

The drive to open up public services to competition has proved controversial, nowhere more so than in the NHS. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, wrote to David Cameron earlier this year raising concerns that public sector monopolies could be replaced by “private-sector oligopolies”. Large private sector providers are cornering new markets in public services at the expense of charities and other smaller community-focused organisations. Bubb argued that contracts are too often focused on cost savings rather than “engagement, collaboration and social value”.

Caring covers egg on cycle spirit

Yorkshire carers

Charitable knitters Louise Flint, Angela Lloyd-Roberts and Lucy Tiffany.

Charitable knitters Louise Flint, Angela Lloyd-Roberts and Lucy Tiffany.

Volunteers for the Carers’ Resource charity, which has offices in Harrogate, Ripon, Shipley and Skipton, have adopted a cycling theme to their annual fundraiser.

The group has teamed up with Cadbury to knit over 1,800 Easter chick covers modelled on the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome for the chocolate giant’s famous Creme Eggs.

The finished Yorkshire Tour souvenirs will be sold at the charity’s offices in the region.

Anne Wells, events and fundraising coordinator for the charity, said: “We hope, like Le Tour, the chicks capture the Yorkshire public’s imagination.”

East Coast Truckers’ Children’s Convoy

East Coast Truckers’ Children’s Convoy

It was a stirring tribute from the great East Anglian public that made it an extra special day for the youngsters at the heart of East Coast Truckers’ children’s convoy.

From County Hall in Norwich to Lowestoft, spectators lined the roads, hung over bridges and got out of their cars to cheer and wave as the 82 gleaming trucks rumbled past amid a cacophony of klaxons.

The smiles on the children’s faces – one to each truck – showed what it meant to them to be the centre of attention for one day.