On 8th June the Wives Group had a very interesting and enlightening evening when Steve Smith of Discover U, (a charity working to provide people with barriers the opportunity to work), spoke to them about its work.
The charity began just over two years ago when he and a number of helpers were offered a rent-free unit on the Delph Industrial Estate, together with donations of cookers, microwaves, tables etc from a number of sources. A local firm provided scrap wood for use in making wooden objects to sell, such as plaques, stools, storage boxes, decorated pots and a variety of bird feeders and insect homes. The range of products is constantly expanding, most of which is produced from recycled materials.
The charity started with 10 people and has since grown to now accommodate 32 people, the youngest being 18 years old. Steve brought along two of his colleagues and two young girls with Down’s Syndrome, both of whom were so full of praise for Discover U and how it had changed their lives. It was a joy to listen to their stories and enthusiasm for the charity.
The charity has now grown their original site and through their hard work and devotion they have now acquired ‘The Old Bakery’ in Wollaston, and are hoping to move there on 28th August 2017. It will offer a bespoke tearoom (with a garden area donated by a neighbour), as well as outbuildings and a creative workshop. The charity would very much appreciate donations of unwanted china to use in their new venture
In addition to its present Delph unit, Discover U also has a stall at Kingswinford market each Saturday where they sell their amazing wooden creations and a visit to either is recommended.
If you can help with donations or need to know more, Steve’s contact numbers is 07831865807, or alternatively email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder of our forthcoming meetings at the Venerable Bede (all commencing at 8 pm)
22nd June – Wives end of year outing and lunch at Winterbourne House
13th July – Annual General Meeting and our last meeting of 2016/2017
September 14th Welcome back for 2017/2018 with a Cheese & Wine evening
September 28th Michael Taylor A local novelist talking about his books all based in the Black Country.
October 12th Sally Sixsmith will speak about “Classroom in The Clouds” in Nepal.
October 26th Keith Whitehouse offers an evening of humorous poetry.
New members are always welcome at our meetings.