Put it in your diaries; the SPARC annual general meeting is on August the 26th at 1pm!
This week we said goodbye to Tina and Judith; the lovely ladies from INspirED. Tina and Judith have been running a hugely popular and successful I.C.T. course here at the centre. The hard work and dedication that they have put into this course has been reflected in the enjoyment and progression of those who attended.
Unfortunately due to funding we have to say goodbye to them for now; but we do hope to have them back as soon as we can.
So thank you both very much!
(If you would like to find out more about INspirED click here)
This week our excellent gardeners have been planting salads, lettuce and peas. It is always great to see things grow and especially good news is that all the produce from the garden ends up in our cafe.
So at least some of the food here in the centre is grown by members, cooked by members and eaten by members. This is a great example of how when we work together we can achieve more and feel good about it in the process.
The gardening group runs from 11:00 to 13:30 every Thursday. It is a social and therapeutic group and aims to be a relaxing environment for all.
These groups are great if you want to try something new or do something social. So don’t be shy; you might just find yourself a new hobby.
Both groups are open to members only.
We have had a very generous donation recently that has allowed us to purchase some nice new storage units tidy up the Creative Textiles room. It now looks a lot more spacious; will allow more members to be able to enjoy the group and allow us to store more materials for more creative projects.
Thank you very much to those who donated!
Last Friday as part of give and gain day 2016 CDL put a lot of time and effort into making some much needed improvements to our centre. All the CDL staff did a fantastic job of painting and decorating our gym room and tidying up our garden.
In the gym we now have a lot more floor space, a new coat of paint, new chairs and a new screen that creates a lovely peaceful meeting place for up to four people. The room is now much less cluttered as well as feeling more peaceful and calm. Exactly what we needed to turn it from a (slightly tired looking) gym into a beautiful new wellbeing room.
In the garden new wood chips were put down, the grass was mown, edging was done, weeds were removed and everything was neatened up. The cumulative effect of this was to turn our garden back in into a little oasis and a truly relaxing place to be.
So a massive thank you to all at CDL from everyone here at SPARC. Efforts like this really do make a difference to a lot of peoples lives.
We’d like to say a big well done to Nick; who wrote the below article and asked us to share his success:
My name is Nick and I am a member of the football group. In April I ran in The London Marathon raising money for the mental health charity, Mind. I have bipolar disorder and I find that keeping fit really helps me manage my illness. The marathon was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. If you had asked me 2 years ago whether I could run a marathon I would have laughed at you. I was unfit, drinking heavily at the weekends and eating all the wrong types of food. I decided I was unhappy with the life I was leading so I did something about it. I began running short distances and then gradually increased the miles. I love the feeling I get from running especially the runners high. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who sponsored me and to those who wished me luck, I really do appreciate it!
One of our lovely former volunteers, Abby, is running a half marathon to raise funds for SPARC.
Abby was inspired to do this after the sad loss of a friend’s brother and you can read about it and sponsor her here: http://www.everyclick.com/abbykay
Thanks Abby you’re a star!
We would like to offer grateful thanks to the team at Stockport Homes who held a ‘dress down’ day in January and raised £107.87 for SPARC. It’s great to have the work we do supported by a local organisation and the money will certainly be put to good use!