Re-Union Canal Boats are launching a new ‘Canal Communities’ health and wellbeing scheme which aims to reduce isolation and promote an active lifestyle.
The twelve week course will consist of walking and boating and starts on 30th July. It is open to all abilities and disabilities as support is provided. This includes help for people with sight or hearing loss.
Learn boating skills, access our tow paths, learn information on our canals, share your healthy eating tips, try new ways of approaching your health and wellbeing, access ongoing volunteering opportunities and benefit from our own community green and blue spaces.
Anyone interested in taking part in Canal Communities is asked to contact Carolyn Re-Union Canal Boats for more info email Carolyn@re-union.org.uk OR call 07964463671
The prospect of the Falkirk Bus Station closure has alarmed many Centre Users who rely on public transport to get around and we have arranged a consultation with First Bus to discuss concerns on Monday 30th July from 11am to 12noon.
First Bus East recently held an information event in The Howgate Shopping Centre but we appreciate not everyone could make it along. Jason Hackett, Operations Manager at the Larbert Depot is sending along a staff memeber to Forth Valley Sensory Centre to discuss the proposed changes and outline the way forward.
Publicity Manager, Martin Allen said:
“We’ve built up a good relationship with Jason and his team and are very happy that he has agreed to meet our Centre Users to address their concerns about the possible bus station closure at this time.
“Many of the key services run right past the Centre on the way to the depot which is just down the road from us and people with sight loss often have carefully planned routines and changes can be difficult to manage. We appreciate the time being taken to help out Centre Users.”
The meeting is open to all Centre users and BSL interpretation will be available.
There is a lot happening at the moment, despite the summer break. Our Sensory Garden is looking better each day and we have some new funding announcements for groups and lots of fun things going on around the Centre. Here’s a quick round-up!
First of all, and not so fun, is the news that our Reading Group run by Falkirk Libraries, will be off for August but will return in September. This is a great group who enjoy a wide variety of audio books. The next meeting before the break will be Tuesday 24th July at 10am. The cost is nothing, free zero or zip so if you want to broaden your reading horizons, meet some great new people and enjoy some discussions around the different books covered, this is the group for you.
We also have our Voice’s Off Cafe, for people wanting to learn some basic BSL skills, from real BSL speakers over a tea or coffee then come along, each Wednesday in August from 11am to take part. Cost is again, free but there is a suggested minimum donation of 50p for a hot drink.
First up we have the Afternoon Tea and Bake Off on Thursday 19th July 1pm – 2pm. The cost is just £8 per person with lashings of tea (or coffee) cakes, sandwiches and savouries prepared by our Café team. We’re also looking forward to some delicious Bake Off entries and attendees will get to be Mary Berry for the day (or Paul Hollywood if you prefer) and judge the entries. A great family afternoon so get your tickets quick! Call reception on 01324 590 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next up we have the final ever opening of Malvina’s Garden to the public. This takes place, Sunday 5th August, 1pm-4pm. Entry to one of the area’s best kept gardens, featured in books and on TV is just £3 for adults or £2 for concessions. Home baking and tombola also available on the day. All welcome although wheelchair access is very limited.
Our Connexions group have had a recent donation of £800 thanks to the family of one of the group who completed a 10k run. The group intend to use this money for group activities. A massive achievement in this recent glorious spell of good weather. The Group will be taking a short summer break, with the next session on 27th September, 6.30-9pm.
The hot weather has resulted in many a red face coming into our Cafe. We’ve been serving up a real treat, ice cream cones or tubs from just £1! Great value! We’ve also taken delivery of some great new chairs and tables for our Sensory Garden, so you can sit out and enjoy your refreshments in comfort while the kids have some fun. Cafe and Garden open Monday to Friday from 8:45am.
Great news for people looking for summer activities during the school holidays. Our popular Voices Off BSL Cafe returns in August and, we are having a regular games day in July.
Get your game on!
Why not drop in to our Sensory Centre Fun and Games summer group to catch up with friends over lunch or coffee in Café Tiki, board games and sight loss friendly dominos and cards provided. Communication support available.
Group meets in the café at 12noon, then on for games and chat in our meeting halls until 2:30pm
Summer Group dates Wednesday 4th, 11th and 18th July. Come down, all welcome!
Voices Off Cafe Returns!
Our Voices Off Cafe for people who want to learn some basic BSL skills from our volunteer Zoe and some of our Deaf Centre Users returns in August.
Because of her availability, Zoe is proposing to run classes on the first three wednesday’s in August (1st, 8th and 15th).
As before, sessions will be from 11am to 12pm and are free although we suggest a minimum donation of 50p, yes folks just 50p for a tea or coffee!
We’ve had great feedback and youngsters are welcome too!
Our latest newsletter, the Summer 2018 edition is available to download now for the newsletter section of our website.
It’s packed with news and features, including an update on our Cafe and the new wheelchair accessible bench and those all important diary dates:
There is also a lot of news on our groups and classes including the last dates for the summer and the return dates. Lots of classes finish for July with holidays making sure that attendances are lower. However, some groups, like knit and natter are continuing so check before you travel!
We still have plenty going on though, even with the holiday season. Despite the ongoing works our garden is looking great and the Cafe are turning out some wonderful summer treats! We have had strawberry and mixed fruit tarts with fresh cream and our ‘fully loaded’ salads have been immensely popular.
Thanks to Mitie we now have a wheelchair accessible picnic table right outside the Cafe door so that everyone can enjoy our food in the summer sun and don’t forget, our sensory garden, although not completed, is once again open to the public.
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