WPH AWARDS £5,000 TO HELP DISABLED PEOPLE IN COVENTRY
The WPH Charitable Trust has awarded £5,000 to help disabled people in Coventry build their social circles.
The money will help the Enterprise Club, in Avon Street, Stoke, to purchase a new minibus, which will provide a safe, efficient, door-to-door service between members’ homes and the club.
Established in 1938 with just three founder members, the Enterprise Club today organises activities over five days and four evenings every week for its 150 members aged 18 to 90-plus.
These include a handicraft group, a social evening with entertainment, a day centre, a twice-weekly sports and social group and a new support group.
The new vehicle will be among a four-strong fleet within the club’s accessible transport service which has operated since the 1960s and also takes members to pub lunches, theatre trips, and sporting events nationally.
The fleet includes two minibuses, each with 11 seats and one wheelchair space, and a third minibus with eight seats and a wheelchair space. There is also a people-mover for seven people.
Jill Simms, General Manager, said that “85% of our members rely on the transport to gain access to our activities and all of the vehicles have been adapted to cater for members’ needs and it is the backbone of our charity.”
“Without this vital service our members would have little access to a social life, few opportunities to form friendships, engage in a variety of activities, or develop and improve skills, all of which enhance general health and wellbeing, especially mental health.”
She added: “This award from WPH has come at a time when we have had a significant shortfall in funds income during Covid and is a very welcome bonus indeed!”
It is the third windfall that the Enterprise Club has received from the WPH Charitable Trust in four years.
Two years ago, the club was awarded £5,000 to help replace one of its other minibuses and in 2018 was was awarded £3,500 to fund a sessions supervisor, to provide support for the club’s team of volunteers.