Two local causes will receive support from a West Bridgford opticians during 2018.
Renew37 and The Friary have both been selected as charity partners for the next 12 months by the team at Specsavers on Central Avenue, West Bridgford.
The store received an amazing response to its call to action – asking the local community to help them decide which charity they should support for 2018 – which made it very difficult to make the final selection.
‘We were overwhelmed, both with the number of nominations and votes, and also by the strength and justification of the charity applications,’ says Specsavers West Bridgford store director, Stephen Rogers.
‘It made it a really tough process to make the selection, so much so that in the end we couldn’t chose between Renew37 and The Friary, so decided we’d pick them both.’
The store will support the two charities for the next 12 months through a range of fundraising activities and will also be asking for donations in return for specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) to help support the causes. Funds raised will be split equally between the two charities.
Renew37 opened in West Bridgford in 2015 as a result of the local Baptist church becoming increasingly aware of the needs within the local community of those suffering with loneliness,
isolation and with their mental health and wellbeing.
The charity provides a community space for anyone that is struggling with their wellbeing or social isolation; whether that’s to have a chat over a cup of tea, get involved in one of the range of activities on offer, or seek some professional advice from the Rushcliffe Mental Health Co-Production team.
Based at 37 Abbey Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5NG, the centre is open from 9am until 3pm on Monday – Thursday. Visit http://renew37.co.uk/our-crew/ for more information.
The Friary is a charity which aims to empower homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical services, advice, and emotional support.
It offers a range of advice and support including confidential welfare guidance, access to the IT suite for help with benefit and housing claims, a range of health and hygiene facilities, refreshments, and emotional support.
Based at 46 Musters Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7PR, the centre has open access drop-in sessions from 9am to 1pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with additional sessions available by appointment. Find out more by visiting http://the-friary.org.uk
To make a donation to either of the charities, or to find out more, pop into the store at 25/27 Central Ave, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5GQ, call 0115 969 4830 or visit http://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/westbridgford.