Totally Stoked was initiated in 2019 through funding from the Government’s Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and support from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). It was launched 1st February 2020.
For many people in Stoke-on-Trent, daily life includes coping with long term health issues, feelings of loneliness and isolation, financial hardship and lack of opportunity. Totally Stoked wants to change that and we want to share a greater sense of positivity about our place and the people who live here.
Community groups and charitable organisations across the city are working hard every day to keep people healthy and happy. They provide social activities and essential services that give people a reason to get up in the mornings.
The community sector helps to bolster the health and care systems that people need. Sometimes people don’t need a medical service, they just need a helping hand, a listening ear and a friendly face. Feelings of isolation, lack of confidence or having a lack of information are some of the things that can prevent people from accessing the support they need, finding the jobs they need, meeting new friends and learning new skills.
Quite often the pathway to these things lies right there in their community, in community centres, cafes, clubs and venues or even in outdoors spaces across the city.
These activities, events and services are being provided by voluntary groups, charities and organisations who have skilled staff and volunteers, direct links to health services, educators and professionals who can provide the missing links and help people to succeed.