Totally Stoked discuss project with Minister of Civil Society

Totally Stoked were pleased to welcome Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to The Dudson Centre on Friday 31 January 2020 to meet the project team and partners from charities and organisations across Stoke-on-Trent.

She attended The Dudson Centre, in Hope street Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent to specifically visit the Totally Stoked project and to hear how Totally Stoked is committed to helping local communities become more sustainable and make the best use of investment and resources through collaboration and sharing of skills, facilities, resources and simply getting involved in local opportunities.

Totally Stoked enables charities, the voluntary sector and social enterprises to access the support they need to be more resilient, so that they can in turn make a real difference to the lives of local people and the places where they live work, learn and play.

During the visit Baroness Barran was able to talk with project partners from three of the local organisations involved; Geoff Beadle the Charities Manager from the Realise Foundation, Kirsty Brazier the Marketing Director at Phoenix Gas Services and Penny Vincent Director from All the Small Things CIC. They all explained why the scheme is so important for the city and why their organisations are committed to increasing social action and supporting local communities.

Kirsty said;

As a local company we value the relationships we have with our customers, colleagues and clients and how we connect with our local communities, that’s why we are glad to be part of Totally Stoked – giving back to the community is something we feel really strongly about, because without them we would not be where we are today. It’s our way of saying thank you!

Geoff from Realise agreed;

Putting People First is our philosophy and we want to alleviate poverty through many mechanisms, including working in partnership with Totally Stoked. It’s about putting customers and colleagues at the heart of what we do and listening to their needs. By bringing people together and providing practical help, we can build better futures for people and break down the causes of poverty for generations to come.

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