Day 9 – Etruria Museum

The Etruria Industrial Museum is home to Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill driven by an 1820s beam engine. It is the only remaining operational steam powered potters’ mill in the world. Owned, maintained, and operated by Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill Volunteers, a CIO, it forms the heart of the City Council’s museum located at the junction of two canals.

Day 8 – Clay College

Clay College Stoke offers a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics, something unique in the UK. The Clay College Diploma offers 14 full-time students the opportunity to study intensively for 2 years and to learn from the best of national and international potters.

The emphasis is on core skills and the use of materials. Students are taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques, augmented by modules focusing on business, selling, publicity and marketing. The Diploma offers students the opportunity to become self-sufficient makers.

Alongside the course, they run evening classes, masterclasses, and lectures for the public, giving everyone the opportunity to learn from world-renowned master potters that come to the college to teach.

Day 7 – Alice Charity

Alice Charity helps to move families in crisis forward from a dark place to a brighter future. Their flexible and respectful services are available to any Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-Under-Lyme family.

Please support Alice charity to #SayYesToChristmas to every Staffordshire family that reaches out for support this Christmas.

Day 6 – Emmaus

Emmaus North Staffs is a local charity that supports the most vulnerable in our local communities. They operate the largest furniture and household charity shop in the area, Emmaus Furniture Mine.

Based in Hanley, the shop is open to the public six days a week, and through which they support around 900 individuals and households every year with core items of furniture at almost no cost to themselves.

Day 5 – Port Vale Foundation

Port Vale Foundation uses the power of Port Vale Football Club to improve lives. Over the last 12 months, the Foundation has supported people age 3 to 83 by engaging, inspiring, and motivating them to enhance their health and well-being, their education, and their community.

Their work spans across schools, community groups, online and matchday with over 30 staff and volunteers delivering vital work in your community. Over the coming years they have exciting plans to expand their provision and ensure they can support more people from the community.

Day 4 – The Peter Pan Centre

Founded in 1969 as a playgroup for children with disabilities, the Peter Pan Centre is unique across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Cheshire.

At their specialist development centre, they help 0-5 year-olds with special needs learn new skills, gain confidence and make friends, positively impacting them now and for the rest of their lives.

Parent carers enjoy much-needed respite, family support, social activities, training courses and help with choosing and securing school places.

They help children like Arthur, who’s mum said “if it wasn’t for Peter Pan my son Arthur would have missed out on his early years! He loves to play and enjoys his sessions at the Centre so much. The team are incredible and really knowledgeable about his conditions and I am happy just knowing he is safe and having fun in the best of hands. They are also there to support parents when times are tough with a brew and a much needed chat. Thank you everyone!”

Surviving Winter is a campaign run by several community foundations across the UK to combat Holiday Hunger and fuel poverty. The programme raises money to help children and older vulnerable people to stay warm and well over winter. With the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns affecting our communities there is more need for it this year than ever. For the first time Surviving Winter will also be available to communities across Shropshire, and Telford & the Wrekin.

The Community Foundation for Staffordshire need your support to help those who are most at risk this winter.

Day 2 – North Staffs Carers

North Staffs Carers is a local charity which has 32 years of experience supporting unpaid Carers in North Staffordshire. They provide information, advice, guidance, and support to Carers from the age of 5 upwards, offering monthly groups, one to one sessions and break activities.

Support is flexible to meet the needs of Carers and their families adopting a person-centred approach in order to minimise the impact of the caring role within the family unit.

Their Carers Centre offers a warm friendly relaxing environment offering Carers the opportunity of knowing that there is somewhere they can visit, it’s a place for Carers to relax, socialise and have that well-earned respite break. It also gives Carers access to immediate advice and support to assist in their caring role.