‘Totally Stoked’ a new Place-based Giving Scheme for the city

Realise charity is proud to be a member of the Totally Stoked community, committed to helping local communities become more sustainable.

Totally Stoked, a project of VAST, enables charities, the voluntary sector and social enterprises to access the support they need to be more resilient so that they can, in turn, make a real difference to the lives of local people and the places where they live work, learn and play. The project makes the best use of investment and resources through collaboration and sharing of skills, facilities, resources and simply getting involved in local opportunities.

A partnership of local organisations

Deborah Nicklin Strategic Co-ordinator for the project explained “Totally Stoked is in its early days but it is already growing. It’s a partnership of various local organisations who all can see the real benefit of working together as one city.”

Totally Stoked provides a mechanism to connect skills, volunteers, equipment facilities, advice and know-how from across the community, along with providing opportunities to network and collaborate with other local organisations and businesses.

Geoff Beadle, Realise Charity Programme Manager said: “Putting People First is our philosophy and we want to alleviate poverty through many mechanisms, including working in partnership with Totally Stoked. It’s about putting customers and colleagues at the heart of what we do and listening to their needs. By bringing people together and providing practical help, we can build better futures for people and break down the causes of poverty for generations to come.”

Baroness visit to meet charity partners

The Totally Stoked team and partners recently welcomed a visit from Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Ian Dudson CBE, The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire to meet the project team and partners from charities and organisations across Stoke-on-Trent.

Ian Dudson CBE, said: “We are grateful for the visit to highlight this excellent’ Totally Stoked’ project which I applaud in my role as Lord Lieutenant I am also delighted that it has provided us with the opportunity of highlighting the work of the Dudson Centre through VAST and the development of the museum.”

Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society, said: “It was a privilege to visit Totally Stoked and see so many dedicated volunteers come together to help benefit people right across the city. Having worked in the charity sector, I know how important it is to build connections and help charities share expertise so they can make the biggest impact in their local communities. I will watch with keen interest how Totally Stoked continues to grow.”

Totally Stoked is a brand-new programme for the city filled with events and opportunities to get involved and make a difference. You can find out more about all the partners involved, how your organisation can get support and how you can get involved at www.totallystoked.org.uk