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Introduction to BLAST - Burntwood and Lichfield Autism Support Together

BLAST (Burntwood and Lichfield Autism Support Together) aims to give parents the chance to connect, share information and help each other navigate the challenges of raising a child with autism. In the future they hope to deliver opportunities for children with autism such as days out, activities and workshops.

BLAST have a jam packed program coming up in the next couple of months. As a relatively new group, their members have told them that they like BLAST’s ’all under one roof’ approach.  

Carers Connect Cafe

The Carers Connects Cafe is a safe place to meet where you can find support and friendship whilst having fun doing a variety of activities to stimulate the mind.

The Cafe sessions will be suitable for everyone - parents and carers who are caring for children with additional needs and adults who are caring for loved ones.

The monthly sessions will  run from 10am-1pm.

10-11am will be aimed at adults and their loved ones

12-1pm will be for parents with children

CASS Carers Café - Wombourne.

Come and join us at the CASS Carers Café. We meet in the Brook Room, Wombourne Civic Centre on the second Wednesday of every month.  We meet at 10:30 am and finish at 12:30pm.  There is no charge and refreshments are provided.

A CASS Carers Café is an opportunity for people who care for family members and friends with a long term illness or condition to meet others in a similar situation.  Caring and supporting someone can be a rewarding experience. However, without support it may at times, become isolating and exhausting. 

New look Hanley VI Hub – Drop in

Beacon has officially reopened the VI Hub in Hanley – previously known as RNIB Resource Centre – and is hosting a Drop-in session.

We want to invite you to come along and celebrate and see our new look Hub at Albion Street, Hanley on Wednesday 1st May from 1pm. We will be providing free tea and cheesy oatcakes in honour of Staffordshire Day.

Event details:

AEDdonate - Staffordshire1000 campaign

AEDdonate  are in the process of launching a new ambitious local campaign called Staffordshire1000 on 1/5/19 in Staffordshire, which coincides with Staffordshire Day.

The campaign is to boost the number of community access defibrillators in Staffordshire and increase community awareness of the locations and knowledge of what to do in a cardiac arrest emergency. Aspirationally we would like to get an additional 1000 defibs installed in the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, and support from Support Staffordshire Members would be hugely beneficial in our goal.  

Carers Connect Cafe - Launch

The Carers Connects Cafe is a safe place to meet where you can find support and friendship whilst having fun doing a variety of activities to stimulate the mind.

The Cafe sessions will be suitable for everyone - parents and carers who are caring for children with additional needs and adults who are caring for loved ones.

The monthly sessions will normally run from 10am-1pm. One hour will be aimed at parents with children and one hour will be for adults and their loved ones.  The middle hour will be for everyone  - sharing refreshemnts and intergenerational activities.

Voluntary Transport for the Disabled

A Community Service in Difficulty

Two years ago last December a vital Community Transport Service run by Lichfield District Council ceased due to national and local government austerity cuts. The council could not afford to run the service for the community or maintain its fleet of vehicles to the required standard for passenger transport. They are now at a stage where another local transport charity is in danger of closing down not due to any financial concerns at present but because of a lack of interest from the local community.