Community Projects

Safer Communities CIC gets involved in lots of community activities and initiatives across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

We specialize in delivering or supporting projects which help to make Staffs a safer, happier, healthier and nicer place to live.

So far we have supported young people through delivery of Princes Trust courses and providing Street Stadia sports activities to young people. We have also helped people to live healthier lives through the Family Food and Fun Programme and feel more connected to their local area through the Coffee Station project at Newcastle. We help Staffordshire Fire and Rescue to promote their free community facilities and have complimented this through the Safer Communities Pledge and Tamworth Community Garden.

To find out more about projects that we are running at the moment then please select an option from the drop down menu.

If you are a community group and would like Safer Communities CIC to support your goals then get in touch with us.
MS Craft Group have met weekly on a Wednesday afternoon at Rising Brook Community Fire Station for a number of years now.
Having originally started following Millennium Funding, that enabled them to pay for the hire of community rooms across various local churches. However, once that funding ran out, the group were then stuck without anywhere to meet. Fortunately around this time the Community Fire Stations became available, allowing this group to continue.

For a number of years now to present day this MS Craft group have continued to enjoy meeting on a weekly basis at Rising Brook Community Fire Station.
The group consists of a wide range of ages with varying degrees of physical abilities, they participate in a variety of crafts including painting to cross stitch; as well as continuing to make handmade cards that support the MS Society, thus raising money for the MS Society. Although there are no performance measures in place for the group, they will critique each others work in a friendly and supportive environment.

The group spokesperson said that "The community fire station has brought added value by having provided a local venue, easily accessible for everyone with the added bonus that the group have received a fire safety in the home talk. By having the use of the Community Room facilities, it has enabled us to continue to support each other; the room has become a social hub for all the group members.” Adding that by being on a local bus route it allows our members to easily attend. Another additional bonus is that the room is always set up “This is fantastic has previously the group leaders had to set the room up with tables and chairs this had become very difficult to manage.”
“Fantastic Room”
“An opportunity to escape from 4 walls in the house”

Stone Community Fire Station hosts a U3A Art-Drawing group who meet weekly on Thursday afternoons, this group is a mixture of retired men and women who joined through the U3A scheme.

The art groups purpose is to offer a chance to learn new skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. There is a group leader, Diane who organises that each member brings their own projects to work on using different mediums, everything from water colours to pencils. The group is made up of ten members as they couldn’t accommodate more members due to the size of the room and the capacity to spread out with their art work. It is a very popular group, already having six people on the waiting list to join.

The group stated that their purpose is to meet, relax and share skills and knowledge, adding that by having the community rooms that provide light and airy rooms, this helps when creating pieces of art work, whilst also allowing them to spread out and work on their art pieces. The kitchen facilities are very good allowing them to have coffee and cake breaks. Some of the feedback received about this facility:

“Good central venue with great facilities”

“Having a car park, as well as a lift to access the room has meant I can join this group. Without these facilities I couldn’t have joined after having suffered a stroke without having this easy access to the room”

“Friendly staff on station”

“Great light and airy room”

Stone Community Fire Station hosts both morning and afternoon groups of U3A Patchwork and Embroidery

The morning group
meet every Wednesday 10.00am – 1.00pm and have benefited from these facilities for approximately 3 years. The group consists of a mixture of retired, part-time and self employed people. There is also a carer and the person they care for, attending the group.

All the group members do a variety of patchwork, embroidery or sewing, with each working on individual pieces. Organised themed days also take place, where the group make Easter Bonnets or Christmas Decorations for example. The groups aim is to bring back the knowledge of sewing, crochet, patchwork and embroidery, alongside socialising and supporting one another. The sharing of knowledge has built confidence; enabling them to encourage each other whilst at the time allows them to discuss all sorts of issues, from politics to support for one another.

Some group members are also passing on this knowledge to their children and grand children, encouraging them to learn and develop the art of patchwork and embroidery.

The Community Fire Station facilities has enabled the group to meet, prior to this the group did not exist. It is important to mention that some group members live on their own and without this sewing group, they would not be able to socialise in other ways. Therefore, this opportunity also alleviates loneliness. Quoting “Lovely bright room with access to kitchen facilities” “People on station are always friendly and helpful”

The Creative Machine Embroidery afternoon group meets fortnightly on Wednesday’s 1.30pm – 4.30pm and have been using the community room facilities for approximately 12 months. The group are U3A members who are either retired or semi-retired. They meet to work on either individual embroidery work or occasionally project work.

The group members have differing levels of experience and knowledge, sharing new skills and techniques for the rest of the group to try out such as fabric based, mixed media free motion embroidery. It is also a social group enabling group members to chat and discuss various topics or issues.
The group doesn’t measure performance; this is purely to share ideas and new skills.

This group previously used Walton Community Centre however as numbers began to dwindle within the group they had to seek an alternative venue. Now by having access to our local Community Fire Station facilities this has ensured that the group can continue. Stating about the rooms:

“Good light for any hand work”

“Lovely facilities and feel very lucky to be able to access these for free”

Penkridge Craft Group meet weekly on Thursdays 10.00am – 3.00pm, they have been using the community fire station facilities since September 2017. This group is made up of a mixture of ages, with various disabilities. Some have dementia, whilst others have suffered strokes or other physical disabilities.

The group originally met at a pottery class at the college, however when the college classes ceased they decided to get together themselves and continue with various crafts or board games.

The main purpose for the group is to allow them the opportunity to socially interact and support one another. An example of this is when one member had suffered a stroke and was unable to speak or use their hands. Through the pottery group, it enabled them to strengthen their hands and their speech has also returned. This group does not have any performance measures in place to monitor their progression, they use this opportunity to interact and support one another socially.

By having the use of these Community Facilities, it has enabled the group to support one another and encourage independence. They benefit by using the kitchen area to microwave meals, which has enabled group members to remain independent. Some quotes from members:

“This is a lifeline for me as I have felt isolated at home in the past”

“We are a tight-nit group who support each other and share any problems and concerns we may have”

“Its great to be able to all sit around one big table and chat about things”
Community Room Users, August 2019