Worcester charity celebrates two decades’ care for the vulnerable

Worcester News: CELEBRATION: From left, Rachel Barrett, Fiona Saxon, Linda Clarke, John Douglas and Kate Harvey enjoy the specially-made birthday cake marking 20 years of charity Onside. CELEBRATION: From left, Rachel Barrett, Fiona Saxon, Linda Clarke, John Douglas and Kate Harvey enjoy the specially-made birthday cake marking 20 years of charity Onside.

A CHARITY which was created to support vulnerable adults in their homes has gone from strength to strength as it marks 20 years.

In the past two decades Onside, based in Charles Street, Worcester, has grown from just one person to employing 60 staff members with 170 volunteers helping more than 2,500 clients.

People turned up to celebrate with the team and shared a big picnic at the charity’s family festival which included games for all ages, races, football, cricket, crafts, bunting making and face painting.

Nicola Reece, from the charity, said: “Onsite is about ‘unsticking people’, be it from a cycle of depression, ill health or low self-esteem and confidence issues.

“We give people a belief that they can get ‘unstuck’.

“We have a desire to support people locally who are at risk of not being treated fairly.”

Onsite chief executive Kate Harvey, who first joined the charity in 1996, gave a speech celebrating the milestone and shared birthday cake and sparkling drinks.

Since its beginning, Onside has grown to cover both Worcestershire and Heref-ordshire and offers help to a range of people with learning difficulties, disabilities, older-age illnesses such as dementia and mental health.

It has also been awarded the Betty Passingham No Barrier Access Award for its excellent work in inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities and health problems, as well as the Good Practice Worcestershire Award for successful mental health reablement services.

For more information about what the charity does, or to offer help, visit onside-advocacy.org.uk, call 01905 27525, or e-mail info@onside-advocacy.org.uk.

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