March 2016

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Spotlight on Animal House Rescue

Animal House Rescue ImageTell ua about what you do?
We are a small Birmingham based rescue, which takes in unwanted, abused and abandoned animals. All the animals that come into our care are treated for fleas, ticks, mites and worms, they also have a full veterinary ‘m.o.t’, and are neutered, if over 6 months, and inoculated and chipped before going to their new homes.

We do not use kennels, instead we have foster homes, which enable us to see the animals behaviour in a home environment, then any problems can be dealt with and we can re-home them to the most appropriate place. All prospective adopters are home-checked and we do not re-home to all day workers.

We also run a feral cat-neutering program, where feral cats are trapped and the females are spayed and the males are castrated. The cats are then released back to where they came from, as hardly any feral cats become tame. Those that do are re-homed. This helps to cut down on the number of kittens born each year, which will in turn keep the colony going. All our work is done with the aid of donations, and street collections with all money collected going to pay for food and our massive veterinary bills.

What is your proudest achievement?
Our proudest achievement would be becoming a registered charity, enabling us to apply for funding and raise the profile of the rescue, ensuring we continue to help animals in need.

Tell me about any experiences you have had with SCVO?
As far as we are aware we haven’t had support from the SCVO.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt from working with people in Sandwell?
We have only had contact in working with Sandwell dog wardens and they are the most dedicated and helpful team we have ever had the pleasure to deal with. The residents we have dealt with in the rescue capacity have always been helpful and friendly.

What are your plans for the future? Any challenges you face?
To carry on the work we do helping animals and raise awareness of good animal ownership in the community. In addition to this, we are also looking to campaign for harsher sentences for animal abusers.

In terms of the challenges, these are the lack of funding available to rescues and the amount of funding available through both main, and local, government to supply even the basic of cover for things such as out of hours dog services where strays are involved. One last issue is the lack of interest from major bodies in trying to find a solution to animal abandonment, abuse and mistreatment, and a lack of understanding in local communities.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
The SVCO could support us in the future by bringing our aims and the work we do to the people of Sandwell and advertise our fundraising somehow to help us continue to do more for all animals in the future.

For more information please call 0121 475 8729 or visit http://www.theanimalhouserescue.co.uk


Spotlight on Accord Housing

Accord Image

Tell us what you do.
The Accord Group is one of the largest housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, providing 13,000 affordable homes and health and social care to 80,000 people and employing nearly 5,000.Our partners are Ashram Moseley, BCHS, Caldmore Accord Housing Association, Direct Health, Fry Housing Trust, Heantun Housing Association and Redditch Co-operative Homes.
Our vision is one in which people have more choice about their homes, the services they receive, and where people can be involved in developing their communities. It is a future where quality is being continuously improved.

What is your proudest achievement?
Too difficult to pick any one thing – now in our 50th year we continue to provide homes and services to those most in need in the neighbourhoods and communities where we work and remain proud of being able to provide choice and opportunities to our customers and their families.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
They provide an excellent and responsive service, enabling organisations to reach out to individuals and by providing a central hub for local people to gain experience to meet their individual needs and choices.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
From the view point of the Volunteer Service, their desire, passion and commitment in their quest to find a pathway that can support them in either finding paid work, as well as giving back to their local communities.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We will continue to be committed to promoting volunteering roles within the Accord Group and keep abreast of changes within volunteering that may impact not only the Group, but the wider communities, so that we can work together with our partners to provide best possible solutions to any challenges that may arise.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?

Information, guidance and supporting  individual and their local communities.  Support organisations with training and by meeting barriers and challenges that may arise within the sector.

For more information please contact 0121 500 2300 or visit http://www.accordhd.org.uk