The Stonehouse Gang
The Stonehouse Gang was originally founded in 1939 by Harry Webb. He worked as a journalist for the Birmingham Post and saw the need for a community group. They now have a flourishing club for everybody!
What is The Stonehouse Gang?
The Stonehouse Gang works with all members of the local community. They were started on the Stonehouse estate, a pre-war housing estate built next to Weoley Castle, and moved to its centre in the late 50s, where they still are today. The Stonehouse Gang is a very popular community group and is passionate about integrating all of its members and use this as a way to try and bridge the gap between generations, helping those who feel isolated. For example, the members of their youth club entertain and serve the senior citizens by putting on shows and parties for them!
The senior citizen’s group gives the elderly community a place to go to socialise and meet people. They host a variety of activities, such as bingo, and take them on outings too. Running this group also provides the opportunity to keep an eye on people, those who are frail or in need of help that they may not necessarily receive elsewhere. The community group gives the elderly a chance to access outside services, with support from the workers at The Stonehouse Gang, such as housing offers or the council regarding their accommodation. Above all though, the aim of this group is to provide the elderly with somewhere to go so they are not alone.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Unfortunately, the current heating system that The Stonehouse Gang have in place is now getting old and does not supply enough heat, which puts off many of the elderly community in need of their services. They would really love to replace this to heat the centre properly and encourage more people to attend.
They also require funding help with transportation costs. Some of the elderly members rely on the buses operated by The Stonehouse Gang to be able to attend the centre, and funding would be used to help maintain and service them. They would also like to install a wheelchair lift.
The Stonehouse Gang would also like to replace the chairs and tables that are used by the elderly, replacing them with newer, more comfortable options.
And last, but by no means least, is the annual party where senior citizens are treated to a show and food and drinks! The funding could help significantly with the cost of this show.
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Where can people go to find out more about The Stonehouse Gang?
Robert Green, Manager
Tel: 0121 427 2961