- 11 January, 2019
Newsletter Out NOWOur wonderful January 2019 newsletter is out now. See what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up in the future.
- 17 August, 2018
We helped the monkeys get cheeky!We donated a computer system that we have carefully refurbished, to a new play group in our area known as “Cheeky Monkeys”. They will be using it primarily for creating … Continue reading
- 8 June, 2018
Fun Day 2018We’re pleased to announce the date for this year’s birthday celebration fun day. It’s on Saturday 7th July 2018 here at Signposts, and we will have all the usual stalls … Continue reading
- 19 April, 2018
PAT testing for your home or business – our new serviceWe can now offer Portable Appliance Testing for your home or business. We’ll provide a qualified experienced person who can certify your equipment and prevent the risk of electric shock … Continue reading
- 9 April, 2018
Quarter 4 NewsletterOur latest newsletter is now available with lots of up to date info about what is going on here at Signposts. There is also an opt in link on it which … Continue reading
- 1 September, 2017
Direct DonationsWe are now officially recognised by HMRC as a charity for tax purposes, which means we can directly re-claim gift aid on donations. Hooray! We’ll let you know exactly how … Continue reading
- 26 June, 2017
Help us get a Defibrillator!100,000 people a year die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. … Continue reading
- 18 May, 2017
Nerdy OfferingsWe owe another mark of respect to Nerd’s HQ in Cannock. They have just provided us with a very generous donation of IT equipment such as laptops and desktop PC’s. … Continue reading
- 3 March, 2017
Pet Welfare donationWe donated one of our refurbished PC systems to Pet-Welfare. Neil and Amelie, representing Signposts, met with Llana Deakin from Pet-Welfare, and handed over the machine which will be used … Continue reading
- 3 March, 2017
Nerds unitedNeil recently visited Nerd’s HQ in Cannock, where we struck up a deal to become beneficiaries for any obsolete or unsaleable computer systems from their shop. From now on, they … Continue reading
- 3 March, 2017
Fran gets puffed outKitchen volunteer Fran Lang recently spent two days on a cycle machine in order to raise funds for storage racking at our centre. She collected sponsorship and roped in several … Continue reading
- 27 January, 2017
Kitchen and reception remodellingWe’ve just had some building work carried out which has seen an extension to our current kitchen facilities and removal of structures left behind in our reception by the building’s … Continue reading
- 16 January, 2017
Local Marathon Runner runs for SignpostsLocal miracle marathon runner Andrew Carter is running to raise money for Signposts this year. In 2012 Andrew thought he would never run again when he collapsed with stabbing pains … Continue reading
- 8 December, 2016
A message of thanksLast week one of our regular clients suffered a collapse here at Signposts. Our staff and volunteers were quick to respond and an ambulance was arranged in good time. As … Continue reading
- 28 October, 2016
New foodbank collection pointsWe’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with West Midlands Co-op stores, and we’ve now had two foodbank collection points installed at Stone Road and Baswich Lane. These are … Continue reading
- 14 July, 2016
Recycled Art projectWe had a great turn out for our latest recycled art project. Participants made letter Discs out of wood and leather scraps. They made mobiles out of plastic overlays. Together they … Continue reading
- 7 July, 2016
UKonline learningPleased to announce that we’ve registered as an UKonline learning centre. You can find out more about the free courses we can offer you to further your prospects by dropping … Continue reading
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Youth group outing
Youth group award
We won an award for our achievements with the Wednesday youth group. Thanks to all those involved
Wednesday Youth Group
Our youth group has proved to be a resounding success, with over 20 youngsters regularly attending. We’re encouraging the group to work together and maybe soon we’ll even have a demo song ready?
Christmas Party and Volunteer Appreciation
We were delighted to host the “Most Tasteless Christmas Jumper” competition, the Krazy Kristmas Kwiz and show our volunteers some appreciation with cards and gifts. We also awarded Les Overton and Mark Berrisford with Volunteer of the Month awards for November and December.
Our new parent and toddler group got off to a great start, we’ll be running regular sessions every Thursday 10am to noon
Volunteer of the month
Volunteer of the month
Linda leaves us
(14-07-2015) We’re pleased to announce that we won our lottery funding bid, and we’re all set to continue to provide services and our centre for the next five years!! Linda took to the airwaves at BBC radio Stoke to announce the good news, and we had an article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter…
Fun day success
Many happy returns
Volunteer of the month award
Saying fond goodbyes
We’ve unfortunately had to see our outreach worker Donna Hollinshead, and our fitness guru Marie Halls, leaving us today. We wish both ladies all the best in their futures. Also, Ken Down has left the area manager role, but will remain 2 days a week to help us with our long term fund raising concerns.
Bag packing at ASDA
Some of the regular staff and volunteers helped out at the bag packing day, and we raised over £300 for our cause.
Making the best of the weather
Just a nice photo
Mind In Action
Starting Well Art Course
Cooking up a treat
Sign language success
Entertaining the younger clients
New funding for job clubs
We secured some help from the European social fund towards our job clubs
Click HERE to read more
Community Fun Day
Afro-Cuban drumming performance
Our drumming workshops culminated in this brilliant demonstration and presentation, attended by several friends and supporters of the centre and the performers. We thank John Todd and Adrian Waters for their involvement in this project. Heres the result…
Afro-Cuban drumming and crafting workshop success
Following the success of our pilot session, we held regular workshops, crafted our own drums, and shared our Caribbean snacks.
New hand made cards at Highfields
Our resident card makers have been busy preparing several greetings cards for you to buy from us in aid of the Signpost Centres.
Pancakes at Highfields
Taking to the airwaves
Drumming up support for dads
Fancy dress day at Highfields
A huge thank you to everyone who came in (and those who were forced to wear) suitable attire to our fancy dress day at Highfields, which was a resounding success. Big thanks to Liz as well, for braving the Mr Blobby outfit (not without protest!).
Quiz Night at Highfields
First aid at work
Congratulations to all of our staff and volunteers who successfully completed the “Level 2 QCF First aid at work” exam at the Highfields centre today, provided by Lisa of S.C.V.Y.S. as part of the “Instruct UK FAA Certificate”. Heres a few shots from the event:
Massive thanks to the anonymous donor this morning who left a large pile of coins outside our shutter door. Your donation is very much appreciated and is a testament to the spirit of this community.
Loan PC scheme
We have now helped 12 of our Highfields clients get online at home through our loan PC scheme, primarily to enable them to access the new ‘Government Gateway’ system for job seekers. If you’d like to apply for help, or if you have usable PC’s, laptops, or parts that can be refurbished to issue into the community, please contact us
We had a great time at our Christmas celebration at Highfields, with songs, carols, prayer and crazy Jane Richards hosting “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”, some have still not recovered from eating chocolate covered sausages and strawberry sticks dipped in mustard! Good family fun!
We held a Christmas fayre at our Highfields Centre and raised over £100 for Signposts. Thanks to all those who took part. A great Christmas atmosphere!
Pyjama party in aid of Children in Need
The young parents group held a pyjama party at the Highfields centre and sold cakes in aid of Children in Need.
Together they raised over £250 for Children in Need and got a mention on the TV show. Well done our young mums – you are amazing!
Skateboard ramps at Highfields
Sign language success!
The Signpost Centre is delighted that members of our community have successfully gained the Open College of Sign Language Certificate of Communication Skills. The Signpost Centre at Highfields has been offering the sign language course since September 2012.
After the success of our basic language course members went on to gain the certificate which was presented to them yesterday.
Signposts Highfields’ 6th birthday
We launch our new centre in Barlaston
In Barlaston we are experimenting with the Kerygma community bus visiting the Barlaston estate twice monthly. It will park near the Best Convenience Store, 45a Ivyhouse Drive, Barlaston, Staffordshire, ST12 9BQ.
The first visit of the bus was on July 11th and now the bus will visit on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 10am to 12.30pm.
We had cavity wall insulation installed
We had cavity wall insulation fitted at Highfields in an energy saving drive
You can find the full information page HERE
Community fun day at Highfields
From time to time Signposts holds community events to bring the local community together and to enable fun, laughter and relationship building in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. In partnership with Rising Brook Church, we held an amazing community fun day at our Highfields centre, made even more enjoyable by the presence of 64 American volunteers from Birmingham, Alabama who had flown over for a week to take part in various acts of kindness across Stafford and Cannock. We enjoyed a really entertaining live band, bouncy castles, a football cage, a community play bus, face painting and most of all free “Boston Butt” pork baps cooked on the specially built “Smoker”.