Staffordshire High Sheriff’s Award Ceremony

We were honoured last week to be invited to the Staffordshire High Sheriff’s Award Ceremony for our work here at the BJF. The event was lovely, and we were one of just six amazing charities to attend from across the county including: Haregate Community Centre Rockspur House and Milestonez UK Burton Albion Community Trust Burntwood Be a friend & Spark, Burntwood Asist On behalf of our staff, volunteers, Trustees and of course our clients, thank you to Charles Bagot-Jewitt and The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, for all their support during 2020. ... Read more

Our Memory Wall

Thank you to all the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire who contributed to our Memory Wall for the National Day of Reflection on 23rd March 2021. Thank you also to our partners, Marie Curie, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Asist Advocacy Service. The Memory Wall has now closed, if you have contributed a memorial, we will send a copy for you to keep or to share with friends and family. If you have been affected by bereavement and need help or support, please contact our Bereavement Help Points service. You can find out more here  Thank You! ... Read more

BJF Newsletter 2021

Our Spring newsletter is now available and we hope that you find it interesting. In it we highlight our new Patron, how are projects are working hard in the difficult circumstance we find ourselves in and how we are collaborating with ... Read more

Welcome to our first Patron

Here at  BJF we are delighted to announce that we have our first Patron joining us in March. Many of you will be familiar with Joan Walley, a well-known ex local counsellor who has lived in Stoke on Trent for all of her life. We all feel very privileged and proud that Joan ... Read more

Online Health, Wellbeing & Self-Management Workshops -Arthritis

Our Healthy Generations Team are working  in partnership with the Patient Information Education and Resource Centre (PIER) at Haywood Hospital.  From March 2021, FREE Zoom workshops about self-managing a range of conditions (including online resources) will be available for people aged 50+. ... Read more

Vera Ivers and our Foundation

We are saddened to hear about the death of our former CEO, Vera Ivers. One of the pioneers of Citizen Advocacy, publishing a book, Citizen Advocacy in action; Working with Older People: A Directory of People Interested in Intergenerational Approaches (2003).  Following this the need for Dementia Advocacy was identified, which began as a project at BJF in 1998 and remains one of our main projects today. Our condolences go to Vera’s family and we are proud that Vera was a part of our Foundation, which remains one of her legacies. ... Read more

Invite to Developing Intergenerational Communities

Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them. (Beth Johnson Foundation, April 2001) ... Read more

R.I.P. Captain Tom

So sad to hear about the death of Captain Tom. A true gentleman; an inspiration; his legacy will stay with us all forever. Out thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Goodnight Captain Tom, rest peacefully. ... Read more

Bereavement Help Points Project Update

Although funding for the current phase of the Bereavement Help Points project comes to an end on 31st January 2021, we are pleased to announce that we are now working on developing the next exciting stage of this community project which we hope to be able to share with you in the coming months. In the meantime, although we will not be able to offer one to one befriending calls, we will be continuing to support the weekly Bereavement Help Points online group which meets every Wednesday at 2pm for the next 3 months. ... Read more

Winter Newsletter 2020

Our newsletters are seasonal and we hope to bring you news and highlights about our projects, volunteers and the people we help on a daily basis. During 2020 and the ongoing pandemic to say it has been challenging is an understatement as most of our work is around engaging with individuals on a face to face basis. However we have tried to overcome this and through the newsletter you will that we have been very busy.  ... Read more

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