"Heath Big Local Community Chest is very pleased to support “Connect” by issuing them a cheque for £200," said Penny Krupski, the partnership's secretary.
Connect is a group for ladies based at Uttoxeter Methodist Church offering activities & encouraging people to “sit and talk” whilst “doing”.
"So far, these activities have included knitting, crocheting, sewing, jigsaws and jewellery making," said Penny, "and have enabled the group members to teach each other new skills. A lot of their items have been made for shoeboxes, although some members have personal projects on the go."
Julie Green, a member of Connect, explained: "Connect was set up by two ladies from Art & Soul as a place to meet as they continued their recovery.
"It provides a safe haven for ladies on their own some of which have experienced isolation, depression, bereavement or mental illness and welcome the company and friendship on offer. Our only criteria are that you enjoy a cup of tea, a piece of cake, a bit of fun and a natter."
The group meets every Thursday between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, and all ladies, of any age, are welcome.