Hi all here at SPARC would like to wish all our friends and supporters a very happy and healthy 2018. We enjoyed a lovely festive season with the highlight being our party on the 19th December featuring a music set from our regular musicians and the ever energetic Kevs disco.
Now we have a busy year planned ahead and we will kick off next week with the reopening of our cafe and our 11 week IT course begins next Tuesday along with all our regular activities such as music, art, textiles. Watch out for more news of featured groups in the coming weeks.
I am pleased to announce that we have today received a donation of £500 from Aquarium Software Ltd who have raised money for SPARC through a series of events throughout the year.
Statement from Aquarium Charities Co-ordinator
‘We have been incredibly proud to be able to fundraise for such a worthy cause and we look forward to continuing to do so next year, with an increased drive and hopefully even more success!’
As part of World Mental Health day Nick (team member of SPARC United) brought together a few SPARC United players and entered the Burton Albion football tournament held in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. This was a whole day event having to be at the train station at 8.00am with tickets costing £54.00. They played 6 games in total: 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, and they returned champions ‘again’.
Each Friday at 1:45pm till 4:00pm come rain or shine down at Power League off Didsbury Road, between 8 – 14 members turn up for a friendly game of football.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s competitive in a friendly and safe manner.
It is a stimulating way to keep fit and healthy. Exercise is a great way to take your mind away from all types of mental stress/worries, freeing you up for a few hours.
Our Friday football group has grown not only in numbers but in confidence over the past few years, so much so that some of the players have asked for more competitive games. Thus SPARC joined the East Cheshire Ability Counts League, becoming ‘SPARC United’ and winning the championship in our inaugural season.
Cheshire East Premiership
The team are now entering themselves into more tournaments (and winning) which is great. They are a credit to SPARC and we are very proud of their performance and the way they support and encourage each person to participate at their own individual level.
More photos and info to follow………………
The SPARC IT Course has now been running for many years with the expert guidance from 2 of our fabulous volunteers. The course offers individuals the opportunity to learn at their own pace and to focus on your own personal interests. The course runs for 11 weeks each term and priority for places is given to new people however there is the opportunity to do more than 1 course. This terms course begins next Tuesday and is now full however if you would like to be considered for any future courses then please speak to a member of staff or ring the office.
This years Annual General Meeting was a big success. We were supported by our members, colleagues from across the mental health Alliance, local Councillors and people from local businesses. The main areas of business were addressed with the usual SPARC efficiency and Barry Tildsley and Peter Wooldridge were our guest speakers providing valuable information on Moving On Pathway 1. Thanks to all who supported SPARC at this event.
The Dual Diagnosis Group is now being held twice a month 5-7PM. Below are the sessions for the rest of this year.
The Dual Diagnosis Group is a peer support group for people who have mental health and substance issues (including alcohol). It is a friendly, welcoming group with an emphasis on members supporting each other through shared experiences and open minded discussions. Please give us a call before attending for the first time.
Dual Diagnosis Group Dates:
17th and 31st
14th and 28th
12th and 26th
9th and 23rd
14th and 28th
In May a group of our members and staff went to Scarborough and stayed in the Grand Hotel for the second time. The weather was beautiful, fun was had, memories were made and chips were eaten.
Here’s Sue’s account of the trip:
“This year for the SPARC holiday we returned to the Grand Hotel Scarborough by popular demand. The holiday was facilitated by staff Sue and James and 9 members went along. Travel was with National Coaches from Stockport; it was a great way to travel.
Whilst we were in Scarborough we spent time exploring the area and we visited places of interest in Peasholm Park, South Cliff Gardens, the castle area and the church where Ann Bronte is buried. Midweek we had a coach excursion taking us to Whitby via Goathland where the popular TV programme Heartbeat was filmed. Everyone had a great time and the weather was fantastic. At Whitby we all enjoyed delicious fish and chips. Meals were provided in the hotel as part of the package and we were treated to nightly cabaret and bingo. The holiday was a great success and enjoyed by all.”
At our summer fair on the 14th of July there are many things to look forward to, our very talented music group will be performing, there will be a visit from the fire service, a book stall, a bric-a-brac stall, a tombola and a raffle and afternoon tea!
But lets talk prizes. There’s a lot of prizes; all of which have been donated by generous individuals and businesses. All of which can be won by you. You can come into the centre and buy 5 raffle tickets for £1.00 or buy them on the day (tombola tickets will be available on the day) if you want to take part.
Rosé wine and a soft toy- courtesy of One Stop Bramhall Lane
£10 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Stockport
£50 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Handforth Dean
Family Tickets to a Stockport County Match- courtesy of Stockport County F.C.
Manchester City Stadium tour for 2 adults and 2 children- courtesy of Manchester City F.C.
2 boxed pens, 2 colouring books, 2 pencil cases, pencil crayons, a calculator and a clip frame- courtesy of Offizone.
And that’s not even everything! We look forward to seeing you on the 14th for a few hours of fun!
We have just received funding from the National Lottery that has allowed us to further develop our Counselling Service!
The service has been running for some time already; providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Integrative Therapy to members of the Stockport Mental Health Alliance.
The the demand for this service has been increasing week on week and we are thrilled to be able to provide a paid therapist who will be able to undertake CBT and facilitate a range of related activities at SPARC and Stockport Mind.
If you are a member of the Alliance and would like to be referred for counselling take a look at our leaflet below for how (click the pictures to enlarge them).
We are excited that the Counselling Service will add to our other existing activities and groups to create a truly holistic approach to enablement and recovery.