Mortgage Autumn Newsletter 2019

Last Word


This July, Financial Advice Centre celebrated our 20th birthday. In recognition of this significant milestone, we decided to focus on giving something back. We will be taking on a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months, to raise £20,000 for local charities, helping local people. We are very excited to announce the four charities we are working with other the coming months and a little more about them. 


About Worcester Play Council: 

Since 1987 Worcester Play Council has led, championed and influenced the role of play within Worcester City. The charity is run by committed volunteers and a dedicated board of Trustees, working with a wide range of stakeholders across the city to facilitate play for 0-16 year olds. Over the years they have led local play schemes in the most disadvantaged areas of Worcester. WPC has continued to fund-raise for play-schemes and training, raising the profile of play and developing Worcester’s City Play Strategy with local organisations. They are currently fundraising to put on Saturday Fun Squads - taking play and toys to disadvantaged areas in the City. 

Worcester Play Council are committed to five key aims:

  1. Be the champion for play across the city.
  2. Develop a high quality workforce to deliver play based on current best practice and guidelines to maximise the potential of every child.
  3. Seek and raise funds for the development and delivery of play across the city.
  4. Offer up to date guidance and support to our members, partner organisations and stakeholders.
  5. Facilitate partnerships to maximise the development and delivery of play across the city.


About Worcester Snoezelen:

Worcester Snoezelen is an independent charity specifically set up to offer multi-sensory and creative activities for people who have a diverse range of needs. Over 20 years later the centre has grown and developed around the needs of the people who use our services with over 350 people coming through our doors each week! 

Worcester Snoezelen has been designed to engage the senses through multi sensory activities. Worcester Snoezelen is a multi-sensory leisure therapy centre for people who have disabilities and additional needs. Snoezelen provides accessible and inclusive activities which promote relaxation, stimulation and socialising. The centre comprise of 4 multi-sensory rooms, hydrotherapy pool, soft play area, music and arts.  

How you can help: Worcester Snoezelen are recruiting a Marketing Intern to help them with social media and event planning. Do you know someone who might be interested? Email Rachel at


Onside Advocacy News 

Onside have had some great news over the last few months. We are thrilled to have been selected by a number of Primary Care Networks across Worcestershire to deliver a Social Prescribing service to patients. Social Prescribing links patients with non-medical support to address people’s needs by recognising people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors and aims to support people to address and deal with issues relating to these factors.

Onside will now also work with 32 GP practices which serve over 300,000 patients providing support to overcome issues associated with unemployment, loneliness and isolation, housing, finance, drugs and alcohol addictions, depression, mental ill health, diet, exercise and family conflict.

Come and join in:

Onside Bands Around Worcestershire / Nov 15th 2019 / An evening of live music from all corners of the county at Annie’s Burger Shack - tickets £8.

Pamper & Indulgence Evening / Nov 21st 2019 / Christmas Shopping Event at Ravenmeadow Golf Centre, organised by Women Who Worcestershire in support of Onside.

Do you know someone?

Onside are recruiting a Social Prescribing Manager, a Volunteer Co-ordinator and Volunteers to directly support patients to build confidence and get involved in activities within their local communities. 

Please visit: or contact Alice Braddick via telephone 01905 27525.


About Maggs Day Centre:

Maggs Day Centre provides the basics, a lifeline to help people survive the worst of what life throws at them. We are open five days a week, providing a safe, dry environment where homeless and particularly vulnerable people can get food and hot drinks, as well as using showers and laundry facilities. We are also committed to helping and mentoring all those who are ready to make changes, to start getting their lives back on track. We create individually tailored support plans to help them achieve their goals. The essentials provided include: food and shelter, clean, dry clothes, health care, life skills and support and mentoring.

How you can help:

Clothing and sleeping bag drive: At Financial Advice Centre, we are setting up a collection point to collect the items urgently needed to help Maggs. Please feel free to drop in items or give them to your Adviser’s when you meet them. Maggs urgently need: mens pants, socks, size 30-32 mens trousers and sleeping bags.

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