TOYOTA provides generous grant for STARS

The Staffordshire STARS service is celebrating after receiving a grant from the Toyota Charitable Trust.

The grant, totalling £2,798 will help the service provide essential items to their most vulnerable service users.

Richard Glandfield, STARS Volunteer Lead said “We are absolutely delighted by the generosity of this grant. It will allow us to purchase basic smart phones, hygiene packs and haircuts for individuals facing homelessness, rough sleeping or extreme poverty.

“This funding allows us to offer our clients items that will help them to keep clean and safe, improve their ability to communicate with us and other vital support services. It will certainly help to improve people’s wellbeing and self-worth and support their recovery. The funding will enable us to provide 30 people with basic smart phones with a SIM only card paid for up to the first two months.

“The STARS grant application was supported by Toyota employee Andrew Sean Dobbin. Sean, as, he’s known to clients, volunteers at the STARS service working alongside staff to support individuals in developing individual action plans and participates in Peer Support Groups. During his time as a volunteer Sean has supported some of the most vulnerable people who use our service and has helped several people improve their lives and life opportunities.

“In addition to these vital services Sean also helps us enormously by supporting staff colleagues in day to day activities including answering client telephone calls and being a friendly and welcoming face when people arrive. Sean also gave his Christmas morning, last year, to help us provide a meal to clients in our community hub.”

Clients from STARS that will benefit from this grant will be from Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and from other parts of Staffordshire, and everyone at STARS is extremely grateful for the support the Toyota Charitable Trust.

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