Building on the previous post in this Blog, heralding 2018 as a time to focus on hope, it is encouraging that there is good news to build on around our local community sector.
One of the key elements of future success for local charities will be to develop independent sources of income to offset the impact of reduced public sector investment in the sector.
Our local drug and alcohol support charity, Welcome, has had significant success with establishing its trading arm, Welcome Change CIC, providing valued facilities for the community, whilst offering opportunities for recovering addicts to gain valuable work experience as a route towards full employment. Their work was highlighted through a recent visit from the Charity Retail Association .
In a similar vein, this month has seen the opening of Citizens Advice Solihull Borough’s new charity shop at its Bosworth Drive headquarters, opened by Caroline Spelman MP and selling donated clothing, bric-a-brac, costume jewellery, school uniforms, children’s toys, games and a variety of books.
Closer to home, Colebridge Trust and AgeUK Solihull have just launched the promotion and ticket sales for the 2018 version of our ever popular Ball. This year the theme will be ‘Out of Africa’ and we are again grateful to the St John’s Hotel for their support. Another great quality three course meal and a memorable night of entertainment is once more in prospect on Friday 13 July.
And that just scratches the surface of the great news that is bubbling already this year. Let’s keep up the good work.