Friday 7th March saw Link for Growth launch a campaign to remove the ‘cloak of invisibility’ from charities in the SW Herts region. Led by myself and Chris Ogle, 5 charities will be picked on a first come, first served basis with the idea of creating them a Google+ page and introducing them to the benefits that Google+ can offer. Chris will be running the technical side and will be using his skill set to rip the cloak away. My role will be to use the existing tools to help promote the charities and get their voice heard to a wider audience through all the available platforms Link for Growth uses. So, in no particular order, here are the five charities we will be helping this month.
Watford Women’s Centre
The Watford Women’s Centre is one of only two women’s centre in Hertfordshire and covers all of the SW Herts region plus an extended area to the north of the county. It aims to provide a space for women to be in and take part in a wide range of activities. From IT classes to a job club, the centre offers a place for women who are in a crisis or a centre for those who want help achieving their dreams. Running for over 20 years, it is a real honour that they have asked for your help and I look forward to helping them achieve their aims.
The Michael Green Foundation
The Michael Green Foundation was set up in memory of Michael Green who died of a heart attack brought on by Type 2 Diabetes. Its aim is to make more people aware of Type 2 Diabetes and raise money for a Diabetes Centre in Watford General Hospital. With the disease becoming more and more prevalent in the UK, the Foundation does vital work in spreading awareness and making the symptoms of the disease known. With a solid basis, the Foundation will really benefit from the increased awareness and it won’t be long before more waves are made in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes.
Home Start Watford and Three Rivers
Along with these four charities, Chris and I will be helping a lady named Susan Adlington with her plans to create a new charity. In response to the disaster in the Philippines in 2013, Susan collected 200kgs worth of vital products and flew to the Philippines to hand them out. I look forward to helping her in any possible way and developing her idea for the charity.
Each week, I hope to have a more in-depth article about each of these charities and provide more details about how they help our community and how the community can help them. I have created a twitter List which contains all the accounts of these charities and will contain all the charities in the SW Herts region. I hope this brief blog has opened your eyes to local charities and encourages you to get more involved in helping those charities who work in the areas you all live in. The link to the list is here: https://twitter.com/alex_murray21/lists/l4g-sw-herts-charities
Until next time....