16th Jan, 2019

Coventry charity appeals for new team of superhero volunteers

AS The Avengers hits the big screens a Coventry charity is appealing for its very own team of Superheroes.

Enterprise Club for Disabled People, which is based in Stoke, is looking for more volunteers to help support its members as part of the club’s 80th anniversary.

The appeal is part of their ‘Heroes Do Not Always Wear Capes’ initiative, as the majority of activities that take place at the club, from sports clubs to handicrafts, depend on the support of volunteers.

There are five types of hero at the Enterprise Club including transport, funding, catering, fundraising and befriending heroes.

Transport heroes help members to attend weekly activities, by driving the club’s fleet of mini-buses, also driving them to take part in sport events and visit places all over the country.

Catering heroes serve refreshments at the club and befriending heroes offer friendship, helping with activities taking place.

Paul Brown has been a mini-bus driver for the club for 39 years and helps the Enterprise Club for Disabled People as much as he can.

He said: “My mum was disabled so we took her to the Enterprise Club, we loved it so much, so I decided to stay on and help out – that was nearly 40 years ago now.

“I get on really well with everyone there, we have been all over the country in the buses and I’ve got a lot of great memories as a result of volunteering at the club.

“We always have a laugh and it’s very fun and rewarding. You benefit yourself because they are benefitting too, it works both ways

“I’m 63 now, I started back in my 20s! But I plan to keep doing this and helping out the club as long as I am able to.”

The club also receives great support from the local community, including supermarkets like Asda Walsgrave, who recently donated £500 from the store’s Green Token scheme.

Fundraising opportunities and volunteer awareness session are organised through Asda community life champion Linda Cole.

Jill Simms, general manager of the Enterprise Club, said: “We have a wonderful group of volunteers already at the Enterprise Club who help us, but we always need more to continue to offer what we do here.

“Without our volunteers, like Paul, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – their support is invaluable as we receive no statutory funding and need to raise £100,000 a year to run.

“Our theme for our 80th year is ‘Heroes Do Not Always Wear Capes’ and that couldn’t be truer of our Enterprise Club heroes.

“We are encouraging anyone who can help to get in touch, be it to help drive the mini-buses or assist with a session, every little thing really does help us to keep going.”

For more information about the Enterprise Club For Disabled People and to find out how you can ‘Be A Hero’ visit www.enterpriseclub.org.

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