The Newt Beer and Music Festival is run entirely by volunteers and any surplus funds are donated to North Newton Community Primary School and other local groups and good causes. Over the years, with your support, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds for these groups.
In recent years we have also worked with a number of charities to enable them to use the festival to promote their work and to raise funds. This year we are joined by St. Margaret’s Hospice and Veteran’s Self Build.
St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
Whether it is for one day or several weeks, the time patients spend at the hospice is precious and cherished by their families. Through our medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, we provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to our patients and their loved ones.
With two hospice sites; one in Yeovil and one in Taunton, as well as five community based teams caring for patients in their own homes, we continually strive to reach everyone in the community that needs our care, often during their precious last days.
St. Margaret’s Hospice is dedicated to making each day count for all of our patients and their families. We aim to ensure that they always achieve what they want; from arranging an on-site wedding and a ride on a Harley Davidson, to simply enabling a patient to pet a hedgehog for the first time.
The CSBA was set up in 1980’s in the wake of the St Paul’s Riots in Bristol. Stella Clarke CBE was moved by the despair of the displaced, young, black men and launched a project that gave them the opportunity to learn vital employment skills in the building trade whilst helping to rebuild their community. From this the CSBA was born and in the intervening years has completed over 178 self build projects across the UK, providing some 1200 housing units and thousands of qualifications for disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. We are a proven vanguard in helping families in crisis and the welfare support necessary to enable a permanent solution to Veteran homelessness and employment.
In 2010 Stella was introduced to Major Ken Hames MBE, an ex SAS officer who made her aware of the plight of homeless service personnel and the focus of the CSBA switched to helping these people and the Veterans Self Build arm of the charity was born. The media recently reported that 459 service personnel with PTSD and mental health specific problems were discharged from service in 2017 – and that 40% of these will fall out of the system The proven model is to identify a location where veterans are in need, locate a nominal cost site usually in conjunction with a willing local authority and then approach a pro-active Housing Association as a partner who will lead the construction development phase including securing the regulatory approvals and then appoint an experienced and co-operative contractor.
To date we have helped many Veterans plus their families out of housing crisis and back into employment and education. The benefits to the participants are self-evident but recent independent research carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE) in partnership with The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), focussing on veterans has demonstrated clearly the benefits to the public purse. Reductions in the costs: in mental, hidden wounds (PTSD), alcoholism and other health support; in homelessness; in unemployment and housing benefits; in police, social service, probation, hostel and care; in lost income, NI and spending taxes, suggest a substantial economic cost benefit of between £1: £4.7 and £1: £7.20.