News Updates

Photography Competition Week 1

It’s Monday and we have some fantastic photos to share with you after the first week of our Photography Competition (these are just a little selection)

The themes for last week were:

My Neighbourhood &

A Snail’s Eye View.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do! It is lovely to see the creativity and talent of local young people! Keep up the good work everyone!

The themes for this week are:

Nature &

Lots of colours.

So send us your two images, one from each theme by the end of the week and let’s see the most colourful things you can find and the beautiful nature that surrounds the places we live!!

Stay safe, have fun and be creative!

 

Photography Competition

We have already had some fantastic entries to our Photography Competition, the creativity used to capture the photos is incredible! Very talented young people! 👏

We will be sharing their photos on Monday so watch this space!!

In the meantime, if your aged 10-19 and want to get involved, send us your photos for this weeks themes by Friday 📸

All 4 winners will be announced in September. Keep up the great work everyone! 😁

Supporting our community through COVID-19

It has been almost 4 months since we closed our doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Very quickly we had to postpone all of our groups, courses and any upcoming activities planned. At the time we didn’t know how long this would be for and I think we all felt quite confident that it wouldn’t be long until we could welcome everyone back to the Community Centre but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.

We have been extremely busy over the past 4 months and our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to keep everything going to ensure we can continue to support the community. We have been very lucky to have had financial support from some wonderful funders who have helped us with some core costs and project costs too.

At the beginning of lockdown our staff and volunteers delivered flyers to lots of local houses and any businesses still open advertising that we could help people and that we would still be here doing what we could during this difficult time.

Very early on we found that the main need was a shopping service and food parcels for older people and families. With the panic buying that we saw across the country local people found that they couldn’t access the basic things they needed for their meals at home. We worked with Brighter Living Partnership to offer a contactless shopping service for those who who were shielding and self isolating. To date WACA have completed approximately 88 shops for local people and this is an ongoing project with many of the people we shop for continuing to shield until the end of July.

The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre generously donated a large amount of non perishable food, along with Tesco Formby (through the FareShare scheme) who we collect from weekly enabling us to provide a mixture of fresh and non perishable food parcels for local people. To date we have delivered approximately 155 parcels to local older people and families. These parcels were packed and delivered by local volunteers.

As the days and weeks passed and we continued to make weekly contact with our members and members of the community for welfare checks and to see how everyone has been coping and we discovered that a lot of people were fed up, feeling a bit low and desperate to resume their normal routines. We came up with the idea to provide these people with activity packs to keep them busy and with funding from The FPC Foundation Ainsdale and Tesco Bags of Help we were able to deliver 160 of these activity parcels to older people. They included puzzle books, jigsaws, cakes, recipes and a plant and we have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have had from these parcels. These were packed and delivered by staff and local volunteers.

      

       

The comments we have received from these parcels has been wonderful and we would like to share some of those with you:

“How delighted I was to see you outside my door. What a nice surprise it was to see a different face, ‘cos I have missed you, your team and the CBX ladies”

“Many thanks once again for these gifts, and to know that at this time of uncertainty that there are people that are kind and willing to help”

“Thank you so much for the parcel you have delivered, it is nice to know that we have not been forgotten”

“Just a quick message to say thank you so much for my mums lovely parcel yesterday- she was really touched and it made her day. With us not living nearby It means a lot to know you are looking out for her, so thank you on behalf of my brother and I”

We have also worked closely with the Wellbeing Support Officer, Activities Co-ordinator and the National Health and Wellbeing Manager at Riverside’s Retirement Living Scheme to provide activity and food parcels to the older people living in The Orchards.

          

We have also had some fantastic support from local young people who have made art work, written letters and given us tokens that they have made to put in food parcels and shopping bags. This has really put a smile on everyone’s face and it is wonderful to see these pieces displayed in windows and on doors as we walk and drive around the estate.

    

We continue to support our community during this time of need and are here to help in any way that we can. We also work closely with many other local organisations who have fantastic services so if we are unable to support you we may know someone who can.

Activity Parcels

Yesterday was a lovely day here at Woodvale Centre! We packed and delivered 80 activity parcels for our older members and members of the community 👏

These parcels included a home baked scone or cupcake (freshly baked yesterday morning), a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, an adult colouring book with pencils, a hot chocolate sachet and the recipe for the scones that were inside some of the parcels 😀

Yesterday wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful staff and volunteers who baked, packed and delivered these parcels and a very special thank you goes to the FPC Foundation who gave us the funds to be able to put these parcels together! Thank you very, very much. We have had some lovely comments so far and we are very grateful for your contribution to this project  😀

 

 

 

Learn to Sew

Join us next Wednesday at our Community Centre for our first ‘Learn to Sew’ class! In just 3 workshops we will be teaching young people aged 11-19 how to make a colourful apron that they can take home!

With only 6 spaces available this is definitely not to be missed! Contact us now to book your place, 01704 573084 😁

Afternoon Lunch

We had a lovely morning yesterday making food for this afternoon’s free lunch that we serve to the older members of our community 😊

We served a choice of:
🍴 Sausage Casserole or
🍴 Chunky Vegetable Soup
both served with crusty bread

And for Dessert we had a choice of:
🍴 Homemade Apple Crumble
🍴 Rhubarb Pie (from our FareShare Charity collection)
🍴 Cake with Raspberry and Swiss Meringue Buttercream

This beautiful cake was donated to our Centre by the lovely Sian at HeavenlyCakes. A local cake maker (just around the corner from us) and she was kind enough to bake this stunning cake for our members this afternoon! A huge thank you!! 🍰

Mama’s and Baba’s

🌟STARTING FRIDAY 28TH FEB, 10am🌟

Stacie Jones has a BSC degree in sport and exercise coaching, Pre and Post-natal coaching and is a qualified personal trainer and holds a current DBS.

Stacie will be running child friendly post-natal fitness classes, for mothers and their babies, ages ranging from 6wks-4yrs.

With little ones at home during the day it can be hard to find time to work out, Stacie’s classes mean that you can find the time for you without having to worry about finding childcare and you can bring your baby or toddler with you.

If you are interested and fancy giving it a go, the first session is free! Please see the flyer for more information 😊

Free Will Event

Paul Crowley & Co solicitors invite you for ‘Afternoon Coffee’ and the opportunity to ‘Make a Free Will’ on Tuesday 25 February at 1.00pm at Woodvale Community Centre 🏚.

Natasha Booth, Head of Private Client from Paul Crowley & Co solicitors will be presenting a talk on Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney. The event is organised in association with Cancer Research UK Free Wills Scheme. Everybody is welcome so come along, complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided and ‘Make a Free Will’… look forward to seeing you.

If you would like to speak with Natasha regarding a Will, Probate or Lasting Power of Attorney please call her on 0151 264 7363.