Great Winter Get Together 2022

From 17th-30th January, the Jo Cox Foundation wants to spread the word that there is #NoShameInSharing and to get the conversation started around loneliness.

Photo of Jo Cox MP

This campaign is inspired by Jo Cox, who experienced loneliness while she was at university and when she became a mother to her two children. When she became an MP, she was determined that others should not have to go through similar feelings alone, and said:  

“I will not live in a country where thousands of people are living lonely lives, forgotten by the rest of us.” 

The team at the Jo Cox Foundation want to continue the work she started, and hope to make January a time for connection – bringing people together and reducing the stigma around loneliness. 

The Great Get Together

Visit the Great Get Together website today for a toolkit which has a handy scale so you can discover what easy action you can take that suits your current confidence level.

All the Small Things want to share information about projects and activities going on in our area that connect people (face to face or virtual), as part of the Great Winter Get Together campaign.

photo of a man smiling and waving hello

Paul is an active neighbour, a real community connector in Stoke on Trent.

“When I see people as I’m going out and about, I say hello and have a chat.
If people are not having as many social contacts as they would like, I’ve started telling them about a coffee morning at a local community centre I go to. I encourage them to meet new people. It worked for me”.

Paul wants to encourage everyone to say hello, or just smile. It can make a big difference to how lonely other people feel.

yellow poster saying "Reach out"

“Beside you” support cafe.
We want to open a mental health café in Audley parish, this will be for those not only suffering from mental health but those that are supporting and caring for somebody who has mental health issues. Our aim is to have a place where people can meet up and know they have someone to talk to who can relate in some way in regards to mental health. At our cafe we aim to have a therapy room, go on day trips, creative writing, board games area etc We are looking for volunteers for the group or any professionals or ex professionals that wouldn’t mind give up some of their time to help us in this much needed program within our parish. Please contact Jeanette Harris on 07940 127805

CAFAG poster - start your day with coffee and a smile, Coffee cup.

CAFAG and Befriending Service Coffee Morning.
You are invited to the next coffee morning at the Whitfield Valley Centre in Fegg Hayes on Wednesday 2nd February 2022. It starts at 10:30am and is a chance to find out about our Befriending Service and what other activities and services  CAFAG has to offers.

Carelink is part of Saltbox based in Hanley. We strive to improve people’s lives by tackling loneliness and isolation and helping people to live healthier for longer. Our service is open to anyone over the age of 65 who lives in Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffs. We provide a free Telephone befriending service and run social activity groups at Redemption Hub Stoke on Tuesday Mornings 10am – 12pm. Plus Hanley Indoor Market and Swan Bank Cafe on Thursday mornings 10am – 12pm. alongside a weekly exercise group (KOKU) and a monthly Digital Inclusion group (Connect Club). Contact: 01782 810320 or e:

CCMA community centre in Cobridge.
Education, training, exercise group, art group, children’s group, fundraising, domino’s, lunch club, and soup club. Rooms available for meetings, weddings, christenings, funerals, birthday or anniversary parties. 07470 459376

group of older people sitting round tables chatting and smiling

MHA Communities North Staffs has a mission to reduce isolation and loneliness in the over 55’s.
We have a range of groups in the North Staffordshire area, including lunch groups, social groups, exercise, arts and crafts and a History and Reminiscence group. In addition we run a befriending service. We can also organise transport to our groups, at a small cost. We are keen to hear from anybody who would like to join our community as either a member or as a volunteer, in a number of different roles. You are sure of a warm welcome!
Contact Sharon Morley, 07568 612 037,

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce – Positive Pathways
Supports refugees living in Stoke on Trent or Staffordshire, to develop confidence, skills, job search and help to set up a business with a grant available.
To find out more: phone 01782 202222 email

The Care and Fun Club Blythe Centre offer enhanced library services, groups and activities to keep people connected within their community.

VAST logo white with grey writing

VAST Volunteer Brokerage: Connecting volunteers to opportunities across the city. We work with Community partners to share their opportunities. What makes Vast volunteer brokerage stand out is its unique way of taking time to get to know the volunteers and well as service providers so that we make bespoke matches of volunteers to opportunities. Volunteering is a good way for those who can, to find something meaningful to do and reduce their own loneliness and isolation. Community Health Champions: Working with volunteers in the community to connect better with their local community and share health and well being messages including how to look after one’s mental health in order to maintain or improve quality of life. Again in this project, our Champions use their knowledge of the community to provide bespoke support be it through signposting or referral and sometimes handholding into services that may support to reduce loneliness and isolation as well as other associated health concerns.

Westport Lake Community Group
We have hung words of kindness around the estate at Westport Lake to hopefully some of the winter blues residents might be feeling. Katy x

Take action with the Great Winter Get Together

Please pass on this information to people you know to highlight the Great Winter Get Together campaign and help reduce the stigma of loneliness.

Follow the Great Winter Get Together on social media: facebook 

You are welcome to join the Loneliness Strategic Partnership in North Staffs.
If you are a volunteer or paid worker organising activities that connect people to tackle loneliness, please email allthesmallthings AT or phone Lynne on 0751 881 3131 for more information.


Paper-cut stained glass windows

A group of people from the Friends of St Mark’s and the B Arts Space to Connect Advisory Group have worked together to think about the heritage of St Mark’s and to design a craft workshop.

We chose to focus on the beautiful stained glass windows in the Church. We also looked at Islamic art and the designs of tiles.

This led us to think about paper cut craft as a way to make our own stained glass windows.

Paper cut round window

We asked artist Richard Redwin to teach us how to make paper cut stained glass windows.

The group ran a workshop on zoom led by one of the Friends of St Mark’s. There were just 6 places and it was open to anyone to book onto. Three people came along – one from Stoke on Trent, one from Scotland and one from London.

Everyone was interested in the heritage and culture as well as the craft and design. We talked about our ideas for making our own paper cut windows, and we all had a go. People said they learned a lot, it was “relaxing” and they had a chance to know a bit about Stoke area and want to learn more about the Potteries.

You can download a guide to help you make a stained glass window from card and tissue paper – click on the link below.

Under One Roof Spring Newsletter

Find out more about the Under One Roof project and take part in activities for all ages, this Spring 2021.

We have had a long, dark, locked down winter.
Spring has sprung and we want to celebrate with a Newsletter for you.

Click the link below to download the Under One Roof Spring Newsletter.

Contact Lynne if you would like to know more about the Friends of St Mark’s and how to join.
Join the Photo Challenge – take a photo of St Mark’s Church from any angle, near or far. Share your photo to add to our gallery. Post your photo on twitter or instagram @underoneroofpr1 with hashtag #U1RPhotoView or email it so using wetransfer
Name the gargoyle and win an Easter Egg! Email by 19th April. Share your stories of your memories or connections with St Mark’s. Listen to our series of 6 podcasts which tell the story of local craftsmen and women and all include guest speakers and music.
Page 4 of the Spring Newsletter
Thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and funders. Keep in touch.

Contact Under One Roof project


Phone 0751 881 3131

Post St Mark’s Church, Snow Hill, Stoke on Trent ST1 4LT

Facebook Under One Roof Project

Twitter and Instagram @underoneroofpr1

Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 24th Feb 2021

On 24h February 2021 Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC hosted a connect and share event on zoom for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked Stoke Sharing Network logo

This collaborative event was an opportunity to meet with and be inspired by creative people, organisers, social activists and volunteers from other local organisations engaging ways.

We had several guest speakers from varying organisations and projects who came to discuss their creative practices. Joining us was:

  • Rebecca Davies from The Portland Inn Project
  • Nicola Winstanley from Voluntary Arts England
  • The Women’s Peacemakers Project from Shelton, Cobridge and Normacot
  • Anne Kinnaird from Letting in the Light/Festival Stoke
  • Kat Boon from Appetite

Click here to view recording (2 hours view time)

At the end of the event we participated in a Got It Want It activity which can be seen below :

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(Direct contact details have been covered – if you wish to engage with an ‘offer’ or ‘need’ on this Got It Want It image, please email who will request permission for the contact details to be shared)

Please join us for our next event on Wednesday 24th of March from 10am to 12.30pm on Zoom. This event is about digital skills, inclusion and engagement.

Register for your free ticket today CLICK HERE

Heritage Project Evaluator (tender)

Under One Roof is a community heritage project in Stoke on Trent managed by St Mark’s Church in partnership with All the Small Things CiC.

We have an exciting tender opportunity for an External Evaluator to work with us.
The contract is up to £12000.

advert for evaluator
tender opportunity

The closing date is 5pm on 29th January.

For the tender pack please follow the link below or email

External evaluator tender

Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers – heritage podcasts

Sit yourself down, get cosy, put your feet up and listen to the six-part podcast series celebrating the cultural life of a City, “The Potteries” – Stoke-on-Trent.

image of ceramic objects
stories and songs about a unique place and it’s people

Click here to listen to Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers on Anchor FM or Spotify.

The podcasts were made for the Under One Roof project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

With different guests featured in each episode and wonderful musicians, you will be guided through the City’s history through tales and tunes.

Click on the titles to go straight to each podcast episode on Anchor FM.

The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground

Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.

The Small Stories in Every Day Things

Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.

For the Sake of Times Gone By

Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed. 

No Going Back

Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.

Traces of Their Toil

Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.

Bring your cuppa and chat on the virtual friendly bench!

In the winter months we are making a safe friendly place to get together online, in the short dark days of January.

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Under One Roof is a community heritage project based in and around St Mark’s Church in Shelton, Stoke on Trent. Every one has a history and we love to hear it!

If you want some company, chance to chat, see some smiling faces, and find out about the Under One Roof project, just pop in. No need to stay for an hour, just come and say hello!

The Friendly Bench is on zoom in January on four dates:

• Sunday 10th January 4-5pm

• Sunday 17th January 4-5pm

• Thursday 21st January 11am-12noon

• Thursday 28th January 11am-12noon

Please book, using eventbrite so we can send you the link to the zoom meetings. We have to do this so we know who is coming. This helps us make the Friendly Bench safe and welcoming.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you take part in the meeting on zoom. Email or phone Lynne 0751 881 3131


Fun Seasonal Children’s Activities from Under One Roof

Under One Roof project logo in a Christmas bauble and the words "seasons greetings"

Under One Roof project wishes you Season’s Greetings!

We have created a fun pack for you to enjoy over the holiday season. Feel free to share your creations on social media, or just with your friends and family at home.

introduction to the activity pack with the words "get busy and get creative" and blue and red flowers.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Here’s a little taster of what you will find – a lovely colouring sheet!

Read all about Clarice Cliff and her amazing designs, then try it yourself.

Think about how you can help up light up your community this winter. We all need a warm glow, this year more than ever.

picture of cup, saucer and candle to colour in

Find out about Under One Roof here.

ceramic objects

Snuggle down, get cosy and comfortable and listen to our heritage podcast series Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers. Local history stories and music, to make you smile.

Thanks to Emily Beddows for creating the activities.

Introduction to Community Organising

Do you want to learn how to organise in your community and make a difference to where you live?

Would you like to be part of a local and national network of Community Organisers leading social change?

The Introduction to Community Organising course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising.

The course is in two parts. You need to do both sessions. There are three opportunities to do the course – December 2020, January and March 2021.

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Monday 14th and Monday 21st December from 9.30am to 1pm.

Tuesday 19th and Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

Wednesday 3rd and Wednesday 10th March 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

This free training is part of “It’s Not as Simple as Black and White” project to raise awareness of what brings us together rather than what divides us.

In this course we will explore

• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues

• power in communities and why it matters

• how to motivate people to take action

• how to take your next steps in community organising & social action

The course will be on Zoom online. There are 15 places on the training.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation if you attend both workshops.

Please book so that we can send you the link to the Zoom training sessions.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for December 2020.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for January 2021.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for March 2021.

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The course will be run three times between December and March so if you cannot come in December please let us know and we will send you information about the other dates.

Further one-day courses are available focusing on practical aspects of community organising, plus longer courses for those who want to train as fully qualified community organisers.

Peer Support for Community Helpers

Are you helping people in your community?

All the Small Things CiC is a Social Action Hub. It is important that community helpers have support for their own wellbeing. We give people time to stop, think and share tips for looking after ourselves.

We connect people together who are busy supporting people in their communities. We help people share their experiences and ideas, share information and resources. We work with local partner organisations to make sure people know where to get support and how to make a difference in their communities.


As a Social Action Hub we bring people taking social action together to help us all to share experiences and learn together. One of the ways we do this is with Peer Mentoring Groups.

You are invited to join regular peer support sessions online, for community helpers.

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Peer Mentoring Groups last up to two hours. We

  • have time to meet each other
  • hear what we are all doing in our communities,
  • talk about concerns and questions we would like help with
  • suggest places we can go for guidance, advice and more support

In all of our projects we try to include enough funding to run a few peer support sessions for community helpers.

If you are a community group, charity or an individual volunteer, please contact us if you are interested.

Please email Penny or Sarah

We signed up to the Community Action Response for COVID-19. We had funding from the National Emergencies Trust through Staffordshire Community Foundation from June to September to run two sessions a month in 2020.

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