Drop-in centre launches plea for volunteers
Firm reaches £30k milestone
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