A Burton Charity has handed out more than £250,000

A BURTON charity has handed out more than £250,000 to give a lifeline to organisations providing vital community services in the town.
The Consolidated Charity of Burton is distributing £254,342 to six providers, all of whom made successful applications to the 2018 Emergency Relief Fund.

Among the things the money will help provide will be night shelter accommodation for the homeless, face-to-face debt advice and a befriending service for the elderly.
Consolidated Charity Chairman Ben Robinson said: “We are delighted to be able to support six very important groups and enable them to continue the work they do which has a significant impact on the community.”

The organisations being supported are:

Eagle’s Nest – to help young people, mostly from dysfunctional backgrounds, to find a new focus by offering opportunities to learn new skills such as cookery, animal care and gardening.
Jan Appleton, Founding Director, said: “We have seen rapid growth in the demand for our service since we were established in 2014 and are passionate about ensuring the quality of what we do remains high as we extend the number of young people we are able to support. This grant will enable us to focus on developing a strong team in order to support our young people to move towards a brighter future." 

Burton Caribbean Association - for its Community Connection programme which will provide English lessons, forums and community lunches to build and maintain social cohesion.
Chairman Trevor Wright said: “I would like to highlight the importance this grant will have not only for Burton Caribbean Association but for the whole community. It will allow us to organise and promote events for the whole community, build interest and develop links. We hope these will result in new projects that respond to local needs.”

Burton Churches and YMCA -  working together to provide a 15-bed night shelter to cater for the immediate needs of the homeless over the winter period.
Daryl Williams, Chairman of Burton Churches Together, said: “This means that Burton Churches Together, along with Burton YMCA, can offer a warm and safe place again over the coming winter months to people who are at a low point in their lives. Last year, Burton Night Shelter was able to help 95 different people with the assistance of over 130 volunteers. It is very reassuring to know that we will be able to open again this winter and make a real difference to lives in this community.”

Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire – to deliver face-to-face advice and support to 9,000 people facing a financial crises over the next three years.
Dawn Green, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Consolidated Charity of Burton for their vital financial support over the next three years.  We will utilise the funds to support local families and individuals with their advice needs to prevent repossessions and homelessness, to maximise income and increase benefit take up."

O’Connor Gateway Trust - to provide RIOT (Recovery Is Out There) support for to help those with drug and alcohol problems with rehabilitation.
Noreen Oliver MBE, Director of the O’Connor Gateway Trust, said: “This will ensure that people facing drug and alcohol addiction in Burton receive the support they need to access residential rehabilitation through the Burton Addiction Centre and other drug and alcohol services locally.
“Our RIOT Recovery Champions can provide hope and inspiration to people in active addiction that recovery is possible and also share their life experiences with local young people and other local groups through our partnership working in Burton.”

Age UK-  to provide a befriending scheme for older people in East Staffordshire.
Donna Cowell, Befriending Coordinator, said: “We would like to thank the Consolidated Charity for its continued support of this wonderful service which provides friendships and support for many isolated and lonely people within our communities in East Staffordshire.
“Everyone involved with the befriending service is delighted as it means we can carry on what we have achieved so far with our one-to-one befriending and our friendship groups.
“This money also means we can now build on our success with the friendship groups in other areas while continuing our growing one-to-one service for those unable to leave their homes.”
The Consolidated Charity is an endowed charity which aims to benefit the residents of Burton by providing almshouse accommodation and by making charitable grants to individuals in need and to organisations which serve the community.

It is thought that the charity dates back to the 16th century to the time of the dissolution of Burton Abbey and the craft guilds. However, the first recorded reference appeared in 1709 when there was an inquiry into the condition and administration of the Town Lands charities which were later to be amalgamated into the Consolidated Charity.

Amongst the early benefactors were William Finney, Abbot Beyne School, Lady Paulet, Ellen Parker, Richard Allsopp, Francis Astle, Richard Bowle, Mrs Almond, Mr Robinson, and Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson. Over the centuries the charity has gradually accumulated a number of town properties, workhouses, almshouses and financial bequests from a wide variety of sources.

It is run by a group of volunteer trustees. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant or to find out more about the charity should visit www.consolidatedcharityburton.org.uk

This entry was posted on May 21, 2018