Volunteers View – November 2018

Community Together CIC continues to help people in Tamworth and surrounding areas to Grow Well, Live Well and Age Well through a variety of activities ranging from parent and toddler groups, youth groups to befriending services, walking group, cycling group and employment support.

Our outreach work at Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital continues to be well supported with us offering Cuppa and a Chat on a Monday between 10am and 1pm.  Our volunteers are on hand to have a chat with you over a free cuppa, or play a table top game such as draughts, chess, connect four or read a magazine together.  This is perfect if you are feeling lonely and just want a friendly face to chat to.  Pop down for half an hour, an hour, or longer we will be only to pleased to see you.  We would like to thank Smyths for donating to us the table top games.  On a Tuesday at 1pm until 2pm why not come for a walk with us.  The walk is about two miles, going at a leisurely pace.  A great way to get back into exercise or help improve your physical strength and to meet new people.  On Wednesday our IT tutor Pete is on hand to help you with any IT issues you may have.  This could be creating and email account, access services online, downloading photos from your phone, help using your tablet etc.  Drop in between 11am and 2pm and have a chat to Pete to see if he can help.  Thursdays Chair Based Exercise session runs from 10am until 11am.  This popular activity is for all ages.  Another opportunity for you to get back into light exercise, improve your physical strength, keep your joints supple and again another way to meet new people and make new friends.  Over the coming months we will also be launching a new session of our Sing for Fun at Sir Robert Peel.  This is an opportunity for anyone to come along and have a sign and a bit of fun.  This is open to anyone and you don’t have to be able to sing.

Our Hub in the Castle Grounds will soon be looking all festive as we look forward to the Christmas Lights switch on.  If you are wondering what to buy people for Christmas, we have a fantastic range of pottery available for you to choose from and paint a personalised gift.  You don’t have to be artistic to give it a go.  Items are ready for collection 7 days after you have painted them.  We will also be offering you some free gifts when you paint selected pieces of pottery.  Paint a Shoe Wine holder and receive a free bottle of wine, a tea pot and receive a free box of tea bags and a large flower vase receive a free bunch of flowers.  Items are limited while stocks last.  We also have a number of Christmas decorations to paint from hanging decorations to baubles and mugs.  Prices range from £5 to £18 all monies raised go directly into supporting the community work of Community Together CIC.

Community Together CIC also have weekly food donations made up of fresh produce Fruit and Vegetables which is available for people in the community to take.  Simply pop in during opening times to see what’s available.

On the 22nd October 2018, a total of 340 Pupils consisting of 260 pupils from Glascote Academy Primary School and 80 students from Two Rivers High School attended our engagement day organised through Glascotes Locality Group coordinated by Community Together CIC through our Connecting Communities Glascote Project in which we are a delivery partner with Steps to Work commissioned through the West Midlands Combined Authority

Pupils engaged, learned and showed community Spirit as part of the event as they learned Firework Night Safety messages, healthy eating and exercise as well as creating a ‘Our Community’ art work featuring all the favourite things pupils enjoy about their community.

Community Together CIC provided Firework Night Safety Pictures with safety messages which was talked through with pupils as well as a Safety Video put together by Year Two Pupils.   Everyone’s Health delivered a Healthy Eating and Healthy Exercise Session and St Peters Church provided Painting, Crafts, Soft Play and Art Materials to enable pupils to complete a piece of Art called ‘Our Community’.  Two Rivers High School served refreshment and also brought along their Social Enterprise Stall. Local neighbourhood police were also in attendance.

Glascote Locality Group is made up of local community organisations and stakeholders including local neighbourhood police, community centres, local schools who meet to discuss opportunities of working together and networking together.   The group delivered a day in August providing a Free Community BBQ and this latest event saw free jacket potatoes being provided, future events will provide themed activities for all to enjoy.

Lee Bates Project Coordinator for Community Together CIC said “We are looking forward to put on more days like this across the area bringing partners together engaging with the community through themed engagement for all to enjoy.  Special thanks to Glascote Academy and Two Rivers High School for supporting this event.”

Connecting Communities Glascote aims to provide one to one support for people in the community across a range of issues such as confidence building, budgeting, improving physical and mental health, getting a job and much more.   Anyone wishing to find out more can contact key worker Karen on 07767 116457 or email km.communitytogethercic@gmail.com

 

On Saturday 24th November 2018 we will be assisting the Herald at their open day to celebrate 150 years of the Tamworth Herald at the Town Hall between 11am and 2pm.  Meet some of the team, look at past newspapers, enjoy a free tea or coffee and slice of birthday cake, have a go on the tombola or get artistic and help create a Birthday Mosaic that when completed will be presented to the Herald Team.

We will also be helping support St Editha’s Church by entering a tree again in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival which takes place from Friday, November 23 to Friday, November 30 between 9am and 5pm. Members of the public can buy a token and vote for their favourite tree. The winners of each category are announced at the end of the Festival. Support the Church and buy a ticket and support Community Together CIC by voting for us.

Community Together CIC works with many partners and organisations ‘Working Together for a Better Future’

Thank you to all our Volunteers, visitors, service users, partners, funders and businesses such as Tamworth Heat Treatment (THT) for your support.

For more information on Volunteering or any of the projects we deliver please see our website  www.communitytogethercic.org.uk or call 01827 59646.

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