We were delighted to team up with ‘Personal Bridge’ this Christmas to ensure that any New Wortley residents who were on their own this Christmas could come down to the centre and enjoy a Christmas meal together. People were invited personally and on the day over 20 peope came and enjoyed a good Christmas celebration at New Wortley Community Centre.
Our Gary popped down and took some pictures and its good to know that even on Christmas day the New Wortley Community can pull together and provide a generous atmosphere and good cheer to those who live on their own.
A big thank you to Wayne from Personal Bridge who sorted out the food on the day and to the New Wortley volunteers who, as ever, made sure the day was a big success.
The event was run by volunteers, all food was provided free of charge and the use of the centre was donated for free.
Our staff and volunteers are looking good in their new T shirts – all getting worn for the first time at our Christmas dinner on the 18th December when we hosted over 50 local residents for our traditional Lunch Club Christmas party!
The raffle was conducted by local councillor Jim McKenna and pupils from Castleton Primary school came over and sang some wonderful Christmas songs to get everyone into a wonderful Christmas mood!
In 2014 we have had a really successful year working with our team of volunteers, organising training and additional support with Healthy Living Network @ BARCA. (HLN@BARCA) At the present time 3 of our Volunteers (Sandra, Bruce and Rachel) are on the Community Health Educators Course (CHES) run by HLN@BARCA and we have organised various sessions and activities over the year!
To top all this great news in November this year 3 of our volunteers have gone into employment – and another has just increased her working hours. That will be a total of 6 volunteers from New Wortley starting work this year! We don’t expect our volunteers to go into work, we appreciate that volunteering means many different things to each individual, but when we can help people build up their experience and support them as they move through life then it is great news when they manage to move into a paid role.
We want to wish our 3 volunteers well in their new roles. Scott (pictured) and Jack are starting at a local employer -TORQUE a local employer who will support young people from the area. If you are a young person and you want to work in logistics please get in touch with us as there may be opportunities.
Gary (pictured) has been unemployed for a number of years, but has been volunteering at New Wortley for the last 18 months. He applied for an internal vacancy at the community centre and got the role and will be working on the Our Place project. Well done Gary!
We have an amazing team of 25 volunteers at New Wortley doing a variety of roles. All we ask is that volunteers are prepared to commit some time and energy to the roles – we will help out by offering a supportive, encouraging environment and can offer additional specialist volunteer support and training as well.
If you know someone who wants to rebuild their lives or just get involved in a fantastic Community project please get them to get in touch.
Here at New Wortley we are members of Fareshare a subscription service that ensures we get a delivery of food every week, that would otherwise have gone to waste. Our policy is to sell the food at a cheap rate to cover the subscription costs or give it away free if it is on its use by/ sell by date. We also use some of the fareshare supplies in our cafe where relevant, which helps us keep our costs down for customers and makes best use of the supplies.
Our Fareshare delivery usually comes on a Wednesday and should be available to purchase later on that day. This week we have Ham worth £2.50 per packet available for 50p and great fresh juice and healthy spread (all 50p!) we don’t know what will be delivered week to week so it is often a bit of a lucky dip but we get all sorts from suppliers as different as Waitrose and M&S.
In addition we do our own home made range including Beetroot and coleslaw (all at 50p) and our great homebakes (scones, flapjacks and cakes) In addition we are part of the WEST LEEDS foodbank network and we occaisionaly get deliveries of Bread and Milk which we distribute free of charge.
We will never turn anyone away if they are in need and make sure they have something to eat.
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We had a fantastic Half term Halloween Party on the 28th October at the Community Centre. Thanks to all the partners who made this possible, Cate and Carla from LCC Youth Services, The New Wortley Tuesday Night Youth Group for sorting out Apple Bobbing!
Thanks to Sophie and Amanda from BARCA, to Kate and Nicole from Area Management, all at Castleton Primary School, all at the community centre and big thanks to Nicola and John from Groundworks for bringing all those pumpkins!
A big shout to Tim the DJ for the spooky tunes, Big Nigel, Ben, Gary,Tanya, Bruce, Karen, Sandra and all who helped.
If we have forgotten someone thank you too!
Great times were had by all the kids and parents too! Enjoy your Halloween!