Drop-in cen­tre launches plea for vol­un­teers

Firm reaches £30k mile­stone

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A DROP-IN cen­tre for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and ad­di­tional needs has made a plea for vol­un­teers.

The Para­chute cen­tre on Old Park Lane in Mac­cles­field is run by Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out (SUSO) to of­fer a friendly and sup­port­ive place for peo­ple to come and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties, learn new skills, use the com­put­ers or just meet with friends in a re­laxed, un­struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment.

It is the only drop-in of its kind in the area and has a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove well­be­ing, skills and con­fi­dence. A FIRM has reached a fundrais­ing mile­stone of £30,000 for a char­ity which sup­ports those with a rare ill­ness.

Car fi­nance com­pany Zuto, on Win­ter­ton Way, Mac­cles­field, has raised the money over three years to do­nate to PWSA UK, the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in the UK that is ded­i­cated solely to sup­port­ing peo­ple with Prader-Willi Syn­drome, a rare dis­ease which leads to learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, growth ab­nor­mal­i­ties and ob­ses­sive eat­ing.

This fundrais­ing mile­stone was reached fol­low­ing a re­cent tie-up with Bar­clays Part­ner

It is also very im­por­tant for drop­per-in­ners that they raise aware­ness about learn­ing dis­abil­ity is­sues and are as in­volved as pos­si­ble in what is go­ing on in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Para­chute is go­ing from strength to strength and SUSO has just re­ceived three years of fund­ing from the Big Lot­tery and East Cheshire CCG to con­tinue its work.

But the team need vol­un­teers to help out in a range of roles.

All roles are sub­ject to a DBS check but no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is needed and full train­ing and on­go­ing sup­port Fi­nance and the ‘Drive for Good’ scheme, which sees the bank do­nate to char­ity for ev­ery trans­ac­tion pro­cured via part­ners in the scheme.

The ac­tiv­ity raised £2,770 based on the num­ber of cars that Zuto helped to fi­nance through Bar­clays dur­ing Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber 2015.

Zuto staff have raised money through a va­ri­ety of char­ity ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing bake sales, a char­ity cal­en­dar and sports days, as well as the ‘Drive for Good’ scheme.

James Wilkinson, CEO of Zuto, said: “Zuto has man­aged to build a fan­tas­tic re­la­tion­ship with will be given.

Pro­ject man­ager Karen Keen said: “We have a great vol­un­teer team and they are vi­tal in help­ing us to de­liver the work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties that are so im­por­tant to our drop­perin­ners. But we re­ally need more peo­ple to join the team.

“Please call us and make a dif­fer­ence.”

De­tails of var­i­ous roles are on the web­site macc­suso.org.uk and the team are happy to dis­cuss how to get in­volved with Para­chute.

Con­tact 01625 424717 or email info@macc­suso. org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. the PWSA as well as Bar­clays Part­ner Fi­nance.

“It’s hum­bling to see a com­mer­cial con­nec­tion work­ing hard to achieve vi­tal funds for such a worth­while cause and we’re thrilled to have smashed the £30,000 mark.”

Karen Wilkinson, fundraiser at PWSA UK said: “It has been fan­tas­tic work­ing with Zuto. They have sup­ported us in so many ways not just fi­nan­cially but with ICT, our an­nual re­port pre­sen­ta­tion and rais­ing aware­ness.

“We are look­ing for­ward to an­other year work­ing with the team at Zuto.”

●● Zuto CEO James Wilkinson (right) presents the com­pany’s lat­est fundrais­ing amount to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from PWSA UK

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