16th Jun, 2019

Call to join the big hearts at Batchley Support Group to boost community

Ross Crawford 21st Oct, 2018

A RALLYING call for more volunteers has gone out from Batchley Support Group.

The organisation, which has been running since 1984, is desperate for more people to join its ranks as it continues to do good work in the community.

The group, famous for its Christmas and summer events ‘Yule by the School’ and ‘Cool by the Pool’ is currently running a project to help the homeless backed by food donated by Tescos, Morrisons and Greggs and boxes of soap from Baylis and Harding.

“We get them down and they can go and help the older people in the community and when they come back they can shower, we’ll wash their clothes and give them a hot meals,” said BSG trustee June Barley.

“All the perishable food we’re given we make into soups or curries, so nothing is wasted.”

The service is backed by an advice clinic on sexual health, drug abuse, looking after yourself and general counselling.

The project has been running since last December when the need was recognised to do something to help those less fortunate in the community.

“There is only really eight of us doing all this and we’re desperate for volunteers to come and help out,” said June.

“People need the help and they’re coming here from Winyates and Church Hill too.”

BSG receives support from Redditch Rotarians and a grant application is currently in with Tudor Trust, a London-based organisation which supports positive change in the community.

“The Rotarians have been wonderful, they’ve donated two freezers and we’ve also been given a washing machine,” added June.

BSG operates from 21 Salters Lane and for more information or to help out, call June on 07854 964714.

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