Weekly Round Up Friday 30th September 2016

The summer has been and gone, once upon a time the summer gave space for reflection and opportunity to take breathe – not so this year! I fear I’ve neglected to keep you all in the loop these past few weeks and my week away in Devon didn’t help any. I hope I can recap for you and not forget anything.

South Street’s Community Fun Day took place on August bank holiday in glorious sunshine. Chris and Sylvia barbecued, children bounced on the castle and some energetic volunteers washed cars to put some cash in the foodbank funds. Well done guys!

We ‘sold, sold, sold’ tickets for the FUNdraising fashion show which was very well supported and raised £600 for the project. Thanks to Amblecote Christian Centre for letting us have their venue free of charge, to David for making tea and coffee, to Shirley for donating cake and of course to all the ladies who came. Last but not least thanks to Chris, Sylvia, Roxy and Ted for helping set up and tidy away again. It was very much appreciated.

The top priority for the money is to sort out the shelving and walls in the foodbank, the existing shelving has seen better days and needs to be easier for us to wipe down. To give things a bit of a make over and to complete some volunteer training we are going to be closed for the week beginning 17th October. Maybe then we can take a breathe (I’m not holding mine).

In August the Lookout Project closed and it’s activities were brought into the Brierley Hill Project family. This means that we now have Jen delivering detached Youth work in Pensnett and we gained another trustee…welcome Sam to the board!

We are very excited to see how our work with young people develops over the coming months and look forward to reporting our progress.

The funding for Paul our resident CAB adviser has come to an end and unfortunately this means that we will be losing him shortly. The team have received training from Welfare Rights in preparation for this and we are able to call on them for support with any difficult cases we encounter. Many thanks to Paul for the last year, he really has gone that extra mile for many of our clients.

Finally we we would like to thank Bewdley Baptist Church for inviting Chris and myself to share a little of what happens at the project. We were made so very welcome and enjoyed chatting to everyone.

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