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

Charity unveils 15ft sculptures in honour of Philip Astley, father of the modern circus.

On World Circus Day, 21st April 2018, Staffordshire-based, Realise charity, honoured the father of modern circus, Philip Astley, with the unveiling of a series of bespoke 15ft metalwork sculptures. The Realise charity is dedicated to improving communities across Staffordshire and the new sculptures, funded by the charity with support from the Business Improvement District, situated … Continued

5000th beneficiary is on the road to success

17-year-old Tilly Isherwood is getting ready for her driving theory test. She has an app on her phone which tests hazard perceptions, and she’s practising every night. She said: “I started my apprenticeship at Aspire Housing about a year ago and my mum drops me off and picks me up every day. But if I … Continued

Plumbing Apprentice Joe Warren has CSCS training funded by the Realise charity

Plumbing apprentice gets CSCS training funded

A teenager had a helping hand to launch his career in plumbing, thanks to the Realise charity.  Joe Warren, aged 18, from Blythe Bridge, completed his CSCS training to ensure he has the health and safety awareness to work on building sites. The training was paid for by the Realise charity. Joe said: “I am … Continued
Realise charity funds digital workshop for PM Training learners with Wavemaker

Learners make waves in digital workshop

Young people are getting digital thanks to a Realise charity-funded programme. A group of 17 pre-apprenticeship learners have started a five-week introduction to skills like coding, programming, digital design and social media. The crash course with Wavemaker in Hanley has been funded by a generous donation to the Realise charity from bespoke office interior design … Continued