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.
Good news for the Womens Group! If you want to try a different kind of therapy that uses creativity, body senses, movement and stillness you now have the opportunity to get involved with Dance Movement Therapy at SPARC.
This therapy is for anyone who would like to develop emotionally, cognitively, physically, spiritually and in particular developing in relationship to one’s body.
Dance Movement Therapy can help with: Depression, anxiety, stress, confidence, body image, social functioning, physical functioning, creativity and focus, balance and poise and issues with loss/grief.
It will run on Wednesdays from the 25/01/17 between 11:00 and 12:00.
This group is for members of SPARC and women only, please ask a member of staff or give us a ring if you would like to get involved.
Today we had a very special visit from Lee Wolstenholme; director of Vehicle Consulting. Lee, dressed as Stockports very own Christmas elf (see below) gave us an extremely generous donation of £200.
This kind of donation is so important; it is a donation from the community that goes back into the community. Through generosity and community-minded individuals and organisations we at SPARC are able to continue helping people in the way we do and even set up extra groups that weren’t possible before (Lee provided the links to make our gym group at Shinnys gym in Stockport possible).
So thank you so much to Lee and everyone at Vehicle Consulting! Happy Christmas to you all!
Above: Lee Wolstenholme, Oliver Hammond and Lynn
The Cheshire Ability Counts Football League that is!
Ability Counts was formed as part of the FA’s strategy for developing football for people with mixed abilities. SPARC United have been training hard and honing their skills and have finally made it to the top. Lets take a moment to bask in the glory of being at the top; and keep our fingers crossed for the rest of the season!
Click here for the official webpage.