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Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The BIG bank holiday weekend is almost upon us, and thanks to the ever-wonderful Kent Community Foundation, we’ve been awarded £1900 to help Her Majesty celebrate!

While maintaining our usual activities, we’ve extended our opening times with bonus editions of arts and crafts with the fabulous Natasha at Creatabot, an afternoon tea, courtesy of WALT, finishing off with live music and other activities in the Big Tea Party.

The full calendar is below, do come along and join us!

Wednesday 1st June: 10am-3pm

Open Cafe with Chairobics at 11am and Creatabot Arts between 12.30-2.30pm.

Thursday 2nd June 12noon-4pm

Waltie’s Open Cafe and Afternoon Tea.

Friday 3rd June 12noon-4pm

Open Cafe with Creatabot Arts in residence from 1pm.

Saturday 4th June 11am-4pm

The Big Tea Party with WALT. All welcome to drop in for live music and activities throughout the day.

We do hope you will join us to raise a toast to Her Majesty 🙂

Activities, recycle surgery, Resources

The Recycle Surgery is up and running!

In conjunction with Medway Council’s Recycle Team, the surgery will run on the third Monday in the month between 1-3pm.

Bring along small electrical items for recycling (or taking to the tip as appropriate) and stop for a cup of tea and chat about how to be environmentally friendly. Or just stop for a cup of tea and a chat about anything, we’re easy!

We launched the surgery on Monday, joined by the Mayor of Medway*, Councillor Jan Aldous and her consort Mr. Tony Aldous and were delighted with the response. The Medway Council van disappeared with three irons, two laptops, two tea urns, three printers and a lamp!

Save yourself a trip to the tip and join us on Monday, 20th June.

*Congratulations to Madam Mayor Jan on being elected to office this week for a further year 🙂

Activities, Female Focus, Support Services

Female Focus – our new Women’s Support Group

We’ve set aside the second Thursday in the month for a women’s support group, Female Focus. It will run from 1.30-3.30pm.

Come and join us for tea and cake, more cake and more tea, and a chat about all those issues that affect women (colloquially known as ‘women’s problems’) including – but not limited to – reproductive health (the big one) on and offline safety, and any other subject you as a group decide you’d like to discuss.

Our special guest in June will be a representative from Medway’s public health team to talk about female health problems.

We know how a focus on male bodies has historically led to worse treament for women (the symptoms for hearts attacks, for example, can be very different in women and yet the usual symptoms to look for are those which mainy affect men). So come armed with all your questions to ensure you know what to ask your GP when it comes to your health.

Here’s an interesting article from the BBC, on a new 3D female anatomy model that can be used to better treat women. And they’ve only just put it together in 2022 *rolls eyes*.

Support Services

One-to-One Wellbeing Counselling available

We’re delighted to once again be hosting a counselling service, which began today.

Our counsellor, Martin, is a trainee wellbeing counsellor, for people who sometimes feel a little overwhelmed with day-to-day life and would just like to take time out to talk through their feelings.

Martin joins us as part of his work experience and could be with us for a whole year, possibly expanding his hours. If all goes very well, his college may well offer us a second counsellor to extend the service.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Martin, please call us on 01634 319633 (leave a message if prompted). He will be available on Wednesdays from 10.30-11.30am, and 12-1pm.

Activities

Move over Hollywood, Weedswood is where it’s at!

The hub recently hosted theatre company, Alternate Shadows, who kindly donated their time and expertise to help our manager Jaye, film a short sketch she’s written.

Alternate Shadows: l-r Owen, Alex, Mike, Mick, Sophia and Richard

Called The Donation, it shows volunteers dealing with an unexpected visitor when preparing the hub for a birthday party.

So enthusiastic for the project were Alternate Shadows, there will actually be two versions. The first, the short sketch originally envisioned by Jaye. Second, the longer version, which gathered pace throughout blocking, rehearsal and lighting sessions, as the cast and crew fed off each other’s creativity to expand the idea.

Both versions are in post-production now and we’ll hold a premiere in due course. In the meantime, here’s a few photos, and a teaser video here – no clues, you’ll have to wait and see it!

Huge thanks to Alternate Shadows for giving up their time: Richard, Sophia, Mick, Alex, Mike and Owen, and a special mention for Tracy who worked with us but was unable to attend the shoot.

If all goes well, we’ll look to do more audio/visual projects in the new year. If you want to hire the hub for your own creative endeavours or as a location, please contact Jaye via community@waldersladehub.org.

Activities, Community News, Funding

Brainstormz! to receive Coop support

We’re delighted to advise that The Net’s neurological support group, Brainstormz! has been selected by our local Coop as one of their charities of the year for 2021/22.

Brainstormz! was instigated by our volunteer, Sue, back at the end of 2019 and carried on via Zoom throughout the lockdown. However, it’s now back in person and funding we receive from the Coop secures it for another year. Funding from Comic Relief enabled the project to begin.

To support the project, please select Brainstormz! on your membership card. Every penny makes a huge difference!

Come along and join in the sessions, which take place on Saturday afternoons between 1-4pm. A donation of £2 to the group helps to cover any further outgoings. Read more about it here.

Thank you 🙂

Community News, walderslade together, walt

It’s beginning to look a lot like normal

I hesitate to say it, because COVID19 cases are still way too high BUT, we are starting to buzz again.

While we’re not advertising the sessions as such, we have got most of our regulars back in two or three times a week now, albeit with a slightly amended social schedule.

Walderslade Together has done an incredible job, keeping members in the loop with both old and new activities, with every session now coming with the in-person or virtual participation options.

Most of our external groups are back, and we hope to welcome the foodbank back in the near future. In lieu of their return, we are continuing with our free brunch on a Thursday morning.

The Coffee and Craft session running on a Friday afternoon may change but we will of course update that as required.

If you have any queries that aren’t answered by our What’s On page, you can reach us or WALT on 01634 319633, or email community@waldersladehub.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jaye, Ruth and Sharon.

Activities, fundraising, walderslade together

Slowly getting back to normal

It’s like 2020 didn’t exist, isn’t it? When I talk of events ‘last year’, I usually mean 2019.

I’m in conversation with the WALT girls about bringing a new or rather, slightly amended programme to the hub, as we work to ensure we keep our visitors safe.

The Medway Youth Service is returning next week, as is our Mourners Group, and we figured we’d keep the larger coffee morning on hold a bit longer, concentrating instead on smaller groups.

We’re also hoping that Medway Council’s Public Health team will bring a drop-in Covid-testing centre to the hub – they’ll set it up outside and anyone local can pop along without needing an appointment. More details will follow when we get dates.

Meantime, I’ve signed up for the Inspire Schools/KM Firewalk again an would be grateful for your help in sharing the fundraising platform (and donating yourself, if you wish?!)

Here’s the link – thank you!

Funding, Premises

Making the most of lockdown

Normally, we’d be open throughout the week, welcoming our members and residents into the space.

With the enforced lock down, sadly, as you know, we had to close our doors. So, we set about making some premises improvements, and thanks to the Clothworkers’ Foundation awarding us a one off capital grant, we are the proud owners of a brand new kitchen!

It’s something we could never have installed under normal circumstances, as we would have had to voluntarily close the space down for two weeks.

We’re looking to make other improvements too, but in the meantime, we hope to open the doors on a restricted basis, with small social bubbles. Keep an eye out on social media and here on the blog for updates.

A deep clean will be undertaken in the next few days, and precautions such as face coverings, hand sanitation and temperature readings will help give confidence as we slowly return to normal.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back in due course.