Dear all,

Yesterday I had a meeting with my fellow trustees as we needed to change our constitution slightly so that we can be registered with the Charity Commission.  We held the meeting at Storagebase, Wednesbury.  Jim the manager has given Socks and Chocs some free storage space which is amazing.  They also have a box there were you can pop in and deposit your socks and chocs for us to distribute.  Jim and his staff are also happy to receive items for us through the post.

Storagebase Wednesbury, (FAO Socks and Chocs),Axletree Way, Wednesbury, West Mids, WS10 9QY

Constitution

Our ideals are still there just like they always were and “Objects” from our new constitution will be posted on the about Socks and Chocs part of this site.

The charity’s objects (‘the objects’) are:

The relief of those in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage (in the West Midlands and otherwise in England and Wales) by collecting (and buying) and distributing collections of Socks and Chocolates, sleeping bags, underwear and other items requested by partner agencies and as agreed by the management committee.

The advancement of health and saving lives by buying and distributing socks and chocolates and other target items to established homeless centres (in the West Midlands and otherwise in England and Wales) in order that those in need can benefit.

The relief of those in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage (in The West Midlands and otherwise in England and Wales) by funding short term emergency accommodation particularly (but not limited to) times of cold or otherwise inclement weather.

The relief of those in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage (in The West Midlands and otherwise in England and Wales) by funding the professional services of footcare and other health professionals.

The advancement of citizenship by inspiring people to help those in need in their own communities by organising collections and donating to established homeless centres.

You will notice that we are looking at running a pilot to fund short term B and B accommodation for people in December and January.  For this we do need money and so we have set up a Crowdpatch site http://www.crowdpatch.net/communityinvestors/1743/homeless-bed-breakfast-project/ to help us with this.  Rest assured Socks and Chocs is usually not after money – we want to inspire you to collect socks and chocs, sleeping bags and underwear and donate direct to a homeless centre near you.  That said we feel this project is worthwhile.

I am delighted to tell you that Adil Ray, Mr Khan from the BBC series Citizen Khan is now a supporter of Socks and Chocs.  I will post the press release as a seperate post.

Minister for the Civil Society

Ian discussed Socks and Chocs with the Minister for the Civil Society on 3rd June. It was a very interesting chat and was concerned with how to get more volunteers to build a better society.

Please keep collecting and supporting Socks and Chocs so that we can really make a difference.

Ian