Cash For Your Community shortlist - T-W

By Mark Andrews | Cash For Your Community 2018 | Published:

Read the profiles of the 35 shortlisted charities and community groups taking part in this year's £20,000 Cash For Your Community campaign.

You can collect tokens and send then to your chosen charities at the addresses below.

Telford Mind

This mental health charity offers support to people in emotional or mental distress and helps to improve their wellbeing.

Support worker Gemma Coulman-Smith said the charity worked to promote independence and self-reliance among people with mental health and emotional problems, while challenging the stigma surrounding such matters.

Gemma said the money would be used to fund drop-in sessions to provide peer support.

“The sessions will increase self-confidence, enhance social networks and in turn reduce social isolation and promote recovery,” she said.

Gemma added that peer support identified strengths and developed ways of coping with difficulties.

“We believe that through sharing experiences individuals can support each other for their wellbeing.”


Address: Telford Mind, Court Street Medical Practice, Court Street, Madeley TF7 5EE

Telford & Wrekin Parkinson’s Support Group

This group offers support and friendship to sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease in the borough, as well as their families.

The group meets monthly at Castle Farm Community Centre in Hadley.


Secretary Carol Scott said: “We always have visiting speakers on a wide range of topics, both Parkinson’s related and other topics, followed by refreshments and chat.”

She said the money would be used to pay for physiotherapy and speech therapy sessions, which were the two most beneficial activities for people with the disease.

“It will make a huge difference as it will alleviate the worry of paying for the physio and speech therapy for a few months,” said Carol.

“Most of our fundraising is to keep these two activities running free of charge to all our members, regardless of their financial position.”

Address: Telford & Wrekin Parkinson’s Support Group, c/o 5 Walnut Close, Newport TF10 7RR

The Walled Garden Project

The charity was set up in 2004 with the aim of providing meaningful opportunities in horticulture, woodland and rural skills for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems.

Project manager Rozz Crockford said it provided weekly therapeutic outdoor activities for adults struggling with stress, anxiety and the risk of suicide.

“We would like to enhance our woodland workshop area, with outdoor cooking facilities, a range of craft materials and specialist tools,” said Rozz.

Address: The Walled Garden Project, Norton Meere Cottage, Mill Lane, Tong Norton, near Shifnal TF11 8PZ

Wellington Cottage Care Trust

This nurse-led day care centre provides high-quality care to vulnerable adults in need of day care.

As well as providing help with personal care needs such as bathing and showering in a specially equipped bathroom, the charity also runs a programme to encourage guests to try new activities and make new friends.

Chairman of trustees Bryan Benham said guests were provided with food, drink and entertainment, while carers could rest assured that their loved ones were in a safe, secure and warm environment.

He said the trust would use its share of the money to redecorate its main lounge, including new carpets, to keep a fresh, welcoming feel.

“The cost is £5-6,000, and any prize money will be most welcome,” said Bryan.

“Our guests will be invited to contribute by suggesting colours, materials and decorations.

“The whole project will help to enrich the experience of our guests as they participate in the activities provided, including the visit of animals such as owls and a well-trained horse.”

Address: Wellington Cottage Care Trust, 79, Haygate Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 2BJ

Whitchurch Community Centre Trust

This charity runs the Brownlow Centre in Whitchurch, based in a former junior school which was given to the people of the town in 1982.

Administrator Jeff Still said the centre is used by groups including day care for children, weightlifting, Whitchurch Band, as well as drama groups and line-dancing classes.

The centre’s main hall is available for hire for parties, dances, exhibitions and concerts.

Jeff said the charity was in the process of replacing all 38 of the draughty windows, which had been in the building since it opened in 1895.

“The replacement windows in the same style as the original will cost from £250 to £5,000 each,” he said.

“The prize money will pay for one of the windows, helping to keep the warm in and the cold out. This will reduce our fuel bills and be more friendly to the environment that we live in, and the money saved can be used for other improvements to this facility for the people of Whitchurch and surrounding areas.”

Address: Whitchurch Community Centre Trust, Brownlow, Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LF

Willey Wanderers Cricket Club

A village cricket club fielding two teams in the Shropshire Cricket League, Willey Wanderers last year launched a youth coaching programme. The club also received an award from the Shropshire Cricket Board for its work with the All Stars programme, where it worked with a local primary school to encourage five-to-eight-year-olds to take up the sport.

Chairman Jon Duppa said the club planned to expand its youth programme this year and increase its presence in local communities.

Jon said the money would be used to level the club’s outfield in autumn this year, repairing years of damage caused by moles.

“The prize money will contribute towards the £9,000 cost of levelling our outfield,” he said.

“The outfield is currently in a poor condition and needs to be improved to ensure that our cricket club has a future and can continue to host cricket matches in a beautiful setting for generations to come.

“It will also ensure our ability to continue to provide facilities for our youth coaching and All Stars programmes, and Shropshire youth games.

Address: Willey Cricket Club, c/o 183 Briarwood, Brookside, Telford TF3 1UB

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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