Lifeworks Staffordshire was founded in 2006 and is a registered charity covering North Staffordshire which includes; Newcastle -under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent. Currently, the charity has supported over 600 clients and over 375 carers and was awarded in 2013 the Queens Award for Voluntary services. The CEO was awarded Autism Practitioner of the Year for Stoke-on-Trent in 2017 and awarded Adult Carer of the Year by Newcastle-under-Lyme Voluntary Services in 2011.
Based in Merrial Street Newcastle-under-Lyme the charity is for average IQ and above people, 14+ on the autistic spectrum as we see it ( ADHD, Autism, Tourette’s syndrome, Dyspraxia, etc) often with secondary mental ill health looking to find a sustainable lifestyle and to provide support for their carers’ .
This is through a one to one personal centred approach to identify needs and may include accessing : a diagnosis ,advocacy, befriending, carers group, activities, drop ins, or completing forms for people , writing letters, speaking to people to sort problems, attending appointments, giving emotional support, designing strategies to cope and signposting to other agencies. Communicating by phone, Whatsapp, text, email, facebook, twitter or Zoom,Webex whatever it takes especially in these difficult times.
Our clients tell us we make a difference, and some say we have saved their life.
Our client group is the most marginalised in the country as they don't have a care pathway under the NHS and historically cannot access social workers. They are often isolated in the community, some are reliant on family, others have no one. Some self neglect and struggle to function on a daily basis.
The charity is self- funding , run mainly by volunteers and five very part-time staff, the charity needs your support to continue our valuable work as funding has dried up for small charities and we cannot compete with large charities. Lifeworks Staffordshire are about offering the best service through sharing time, listening and understanding without judgment. Fund raising helps pay for the essential things we need and core costs to do our job if you can help we would really appreciate it and are happy to let you know what difference your support has made. Find us on Facebook,Twitter and online at Lifeworksstaffordshire.org.u
Currently, we are developing our befriending service to reach those who are struggling in this difficult time. Some of our clients do not go out even when things are normal, and others cannot cope with staying in or the thought of the virus. Therefore we are contacting and making sure our clients and their carers are coping giving emotional support, coping strategies, advice and signposting for other support such as food parcels.
We can reward your donation of £50 by offering an hour's online training seminar to used within one year about any of the following: Autism, ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, Dyspraxia, associated mental ill health, understanding from a carers perspective, women and autism, men and ADHD. Just let us know your preference.