The Charities supported by the Barton Family Festival in 2018 are listed below. £4,500 was raised for these good causes.
YMCA Burton believes that everyone deserves a place to call home and to be supported in times of crisis. It is an independent Christian charity committed to helping people at times of need, regardless of gender, race, ability or faith. With 71 rooms across 3 sites in Burton upon Trent the charity provides a safe, supportive environment for people aged between 18 and 64 to live in, along with practical and emotional support to help clients address their past and develop the required skills for the future. A foodbank, operated from the charity's main homeless centre Reconnect, provides emergency food parcels for anyone in need. These parcels can be issued up to 4 times per year. The charity runs furniture shops from which donated quality items of furniture and kitchenware are used to furnish its flats, as required, as well as selling low cost quality items and providing support for clients who are moving on from YMCA and into independent living. For more information visit www.burtonymca.org
Thomas Russell Infants' School PTA
Thomas Russell Infants’ School, in its present building, has been at the heart of the community of Barton under Needwood for over a hundred years and prides itself on having close links with local organisations such as St James’ Church. The school enjoys being part of the ongoing story of the village, with children following in the footsteps of parents and grandparents who attended the school. It is always looking for ways to create an even better learning and playing environment for pupils. The recent addition of a new classroom has created an an opportunity to extend the children's outdoor opportunities with plans for a garden project to enhance the area around it. With school budgets being squeezed the school is relying on fundraising to provide items such as picnic benches, bird feeding stations, insect houses and flower/vegetable beds. The festival aims to help the PTA fulfil the project by providing one of the benches.
Staffordshire Foster Carers Association
The SFCA is a not for profit association run by the Staffordshire Foster Carers Association or SFCA to support Foster Carers and their foster children. The group receives no funding from Staffordshire County Council and raises funds in its own right to support projects and events organised by the SFCA. The aim of the association is to improve the lives and outcomes of foster children and enable them to lead as normal a life as possible. The group, which is run by a dedicated number of Staffordshire carers, continues to support these projects and events while also increasing funds to a sufficient level to enable it to become a registered charity.
The Parish Church of St James
For 486 years, the church has stood in the heart of the village. It
is open to everyone, every day, for people of all ages to rest, reflect
and pray. It too will be supported.
£1,500 donated to St James Church after the 2017 event.