Celebrating 10 years of Realise support with Nicola Hudson

Back in 2009, Nicola Hudson became the first apprentice to receive support from Realise. Here she talks about her full-circle journey and the impact Realise has had on her career. I started PM Training in 2009 and I was actually part of the first Officeworks group. We spent 6 weeks on a training programme to help … Continued

Charity Ball celebrating our 10th Anniversary

This year celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Realise charity. During this time, we have been an integral part of the we are aspire family, working with Aspire Housing, PM Training and local partners to support over 10,000 people in our communities. To celebrate the achievements of people in our communities we are delighted to … Continued

Fundraising aids North Staffordshire’s veterans and families

The Poppy Garden of Silverdale, unveiled as part of the 2018 Remembrance Day service at St Luke’s Church in Silverdale, was a significant art installation funded by Realise charity. It was a collaborative project between the community of Silverdale, Realise charity and The Royal British Legion created to preserve the sacrifice made by 123 soldiers … Continued

Mum of two receives essential funding to help her complete college

Mum of two, Kayleigh, was struggling during 2014 to complete her education whilst studying towards a Psychology course at college. It was difficult for her complete coursework and asked for help to find extra money to buy essential computer equipment. Kayleigh was recommended to get in touch with the Realise charity by her course tutor. She was able … Continued

Christmas made extra special thanks to a community partnership

Two local boys will be unwrapping brand new bikes this Christmas, thanks to a generous community donation and support from Realise charity and Aspire Housing. A shiny new BMX bike was kindly donated this week to longstanding Aspire partner, Holdcroft Heating. The gift came from a community member, who wanted it to go to a … Continued

Young apprentices to help refresh local charity properties

An apprenticeship opportunity has opened up with two local charities this month, thanks to the launch of a newly donated three-year handyman service. Three multi-skill maintenance apprentices will be rotated to help maintain charity shops and hospices for The Donna Louise Trust and Douglas Macmillan Hospice across the area. An experienced handyman, provided by Staffordshire-based … Continued

Sculpture commemorates Chesterton mining disaster

A four-metre steel sculpture has been installed in Chesterton to commemorate the mining disaster that struck the community 81 years ago. The memorial installation, located at Castle Street in Chesterton, was developed in recognition of the Holditch Colliery disaster; a coal mining accident that occurred on 2nd July 1937, in which 30 men died and … Continued

Memorial poppy garden to commemorate Silverdale soldiers

A memorial poppy garden is set to commemorate the Silverdale soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. The Royal British Legion and Realise charity are working together to create the memorial poppy garden, which will honour the 123 soldiers from Silverdale who sacrificed their lives one-hundred years ago. Located on Church Street, … Continued

Building a career in bricklaying

16-year-old Kyle Burke has found employment and so much more thanks to the work of the Realise charity and its dedication to supporting young people. When Kyle finished school he had his heart set on an apprenticeship and learning a trade. He is no stranger to a difficult upbringing and challenge but has proven his … Continued

Armchairs get residents pumping to boost mobility

As we get older, doing the simple things in life can get a little harder such as getting out of an armchair, walking the dog and meeting new friends. This is particularly the case in Staffordshire where approximately 20,000 people aged 65 and over feel lonely, with more older people living in the county than … Continued