Green Door Is closing until further notice due to Corona Virus
As most Green Door Volunteers are classed as vulnerable and are being advised to self isolate Green Door and many of our venues being closed, Green Door has taken the difficult decision to close until further notice. We deeply regret that this will have an effect on upcoming events such as the official launch of the adaptive Canoe & Kayaking program.
Rest assured as soon as it is safe to do so Green Door will be back providing a full schedule of events
Green Door North Staffordshire
Reaching Communities Fund Year 1 report
Green Door has completed its first year of a three year fund to expand our reach in our community. The fund is to enable us to provide even more accessible activities.
To view the “Green Door North Staffordshire Year 1 report” document click “here” to view or download the PDF
It is a requirement of almost all funding applications Green Door makes that we provide evidence that the services we wish to provide are wanted by our community and that we have consulted with our demographic. Once we have the funding we then have to prove statistically that people are using the services and that we are consulting with our clients. To help with this, our service user can fill in surveys here and that helps to ensure that our services continue. Please click hear to go to our survey page
Green Door would like to thank members for their continuing support.
Reluctantly, Green Door are in a position where, after five years of maintaining prices at the same rate, the pricing structure has had to be reviewed.
Costs are rising for the maintenance and spare parts of the activity equipment; Increases in volunteer expenses; higher administrative costs; provision of new activities and associated equipment. The latter had a significant impact on our insurance cost and has led to the need for Green Door to increase it’s prices.
Prices from Sep 2019 will be as follows
|High Rate (non-member)||£6.50|
|High Rate (member)||£4.00|
|Low Rate (non-member)||£3.00|
|Low Rate (member)||Free|
Thank You Green Door
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Dear all at the Green Door
Well what an experience, what a lovely time we both have on the bikes each time we come into Westport Lake.
So relaxing to see all the scenery before our eyes and inhaling the fresh air, a wonderful tonic to a daily perscription.
The staff from all area’s are really nice, very obliging, and always helpful – Always ready to help.
So thank you for all you do, and we will be re-newing our membership again, to enjoy yet another twelve months of leisure time on those bikes.
God bless you all
And thank you
Green Door is now registered with Amazon Smile
What this means is if you make purchases from Amazon you can register Green Door as your nominated charity and we will get money from Amazon – Read how to here https://www.green-door.org.uk/donations
Good news – Green Door has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to provide accessible canoeing and kayaking.
The funding will be for a specialist fleet of canoes suitable for peoples’ needs including multiple abilities, the specialist equipment will have to be imported from the USA and our standard canoes/kayaks and equipment plus a canoe trailer will be purchased from the UK.
The fund will also be paying for two part time and one full time members of staff, so for the first time in its operation Green Door CIO will become an employer.
Green Door Scooter Rental
Getting out in the fresh air is not only about physical health, but also your mental wellbeing. If you are not able to walk or cycle, now you can still enjoy the area around the large lake via our Scooter.
Cost per hour is £4.00 for members and £6.50 for non-members.
“Nu-Drive” wheel chair propulsion unit. Green Door has purchased these to make it easier for wheelchair users to attend our walks. It attaches to wheelchair wheels and allows wheelchairs to be propelled by leavers, giving 40% more power and protecting the users hands from dirt that would normally be transmitted to there hands from the wheelchair wheels.
Bring Your Toddlers
Green Door has often been asked if we have an option to take a toddler as a passenger on any of our cycles, so responding to this feedback we now have a children’s cycle trailer that can take small two children or one larger child. This trailer attaches to the rear of our cycles and the child or children sit inside wearing a three-point harness. The trailer has spring suspension on each wheel and a rear compartment to carry your bags etc. The trailer can be open to the fresh air, or have a mesh cover pulled down to protect from insects, it also has a full windowed cover that can be pulled down to give complete protection from the weather.
The charges to use the cycles at Green Door are £4.00 per member or £6.50 per non-member (carer goes free) With the child trailer however we will only be charging for one even if there are two children in the trailer. So effectively it cost £4.00 (£6.50 for non-member) to use the trailer.
The weight limit for the trailer is four stone. So two, three year olds or under children would probably be comfortable together but for a four to six year old we would recommend only one child of this age in the trailer. However you no your child’s size and weight better than us.
Our Companion has a Companion
Good news! we have two of these excellent cycles back in service.
New to our fleet this cycle carries 3 adults or children, two peddling and a 3rd passenger on the front. Add the child trailer and it can carry a further 2 children.
Green Door Becomes Independent
From the 1st September 2016, Green Door became an independent CIO (charitable incorporated organisation). For the last few years Green Door has been a part of Stoke on Trent City Council and was funded by a grant from the National Lottery with two paid members of staff working for the council with a Volunteer shadow committee and volunteers manning the hub at Westport Lake.
Now that Green Door is independent, we have no paid staff and everyone is a volunteer.
Green Door now gets no core funding to run the organisation and we have to survive on what individual grants and donations we can raise and the income from activities, hence we have had to re-assess some of our charges so please see the new price list below for charges.
Annual family membership £30.00
Annual single membership £10.00
High maintenance activities (i.e) cycling £4.00
Low cost activities (i.e) walks Free
High maintenance activities (i.e) cycling £6.50
Low cost activities (i.e) walks £3.00
Carers Policy For those who need it, one carer per paying customer is allowed to accompany the paying user without charge.
- A second carer can, at the discretion of Green Door staff accompany a disabled person without charge if it is necessary.
- If you feel this policy does not meet your need, please speak to us and we will endeavour to me the need of all our users.
We have received a grant from the national lottery in September 2018, read more about it here
Renew your membership
Green Door would also like to remind people to renew their membership annually, currently we are having a lot of people who took out memberships over a year ago, and have not renewed them but are only paying membership prices for cycle hire. Without collecting the proper fees for activities, we will not be able to continue, and so ask that all our members bring their membership card with them to obtain membership prices, if we cannot confirm you membership is current, we will have to charge non-member prices.
We have managed to secure a one-off grant from the lottery fund to run several “History For Health” walks, and are working on application for further grants.
Within our charging strategy we allow for any disabled person to be able to bring a carer with them who will not be charged, so effectively a carer accompanying a disabled person goes free. If a second carer is required to enable the disabled person access the facilities we provide, we will consider allowing that second carer to go free also, but we ask that this is not abused as we depend on the income from activities to keep going.
So, what happened when the council finished with Green Door and we became independent? Well, we will be renting the building at Westport Lake from the council at a peppercorn rent. Cycles and other assets are being transferred to the new Green Door CIO from the council. Part of the asset transfer included two five year old laptops that were wiped by the council. We have installed fresh operating systems and Microsoft Office software on the ex-council laptops, and because we have registered for free software donations for charities, we only had to pay administration charges to get the software.
We have been very lucky in recruiting volunteers who are professionals in their fields. We have a professional outdoor sports instructor, an accountant, an office professional with years of civil service experience and even an IT professional, all working as volunteers.
On the 1st September, Green Door had its first day as an independent CIO and it was a baptism of fire, the biggest thing we had to deal with on that day was the breakdown of our much loved Velo Cycle that can carry a person in their wheelchair. However, a white knight rode to our rescue in the form of Barry Whalley http://www.barrywhalleygatesandrailing.com Barry was able to do the most splendid of repairs over the weekend to our Velo and have it back to us in time for us to use when we opened on Tuesday (we are closed on Mondays) Barry is an engineer with 44 years of experience. Talking to Barry, he describes himself as a problem solver, able to tackle the problems that others seem unwilling or unable to tackle. If you have any needs for property repairs, welding, gates or railings made, adapted or repaired, give him a call on 01782533959 or visit his website http://www.barrywhalleygatesandrailing.com
Do you want to find out more about Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme’s past times?
Fancy a trip down memory lane with us?
The Green Door CIO has organised a programme of local history walks and talks presented by renowned local historian and author, Mervyn Edwards.
These one hour walks and talks are followed by an hour’s “mingle” at a nearby watering hole, where you can chat with Mervyn about the history of our local area, and talk with fellow local history enthusiasts.