Party in the Park 2018

Only 2 days until Party in the Park 2018! Here's a programme of all of the acts that will be performing on The Befriending Scheme's Acoustic Stage!

 Acts Aimee Heloise Sheppard and Serena Grant kicking off the day's sets.

Acts Aimee Heloise Sheppard and Serena Grant kicking off the day's sets.

 Closely followed by singers Matt Buckle, Chloe Hawes, TBS All Stars, and Kyle Toolan.

Closely followed by singers Matt Buckle, Chloe Hawes, TBS All Stars, and Kyle Toolan.

 The Acoustic stage will also be brought to an end by Gen Irving, Alicia Hall and Ben Smith.

The Acoustic stage will also be brought to an end by Gen Irving, Alicia Hall and Ben Smith.

Party in the Park will be on from 11:00am till 9:00pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018. There will be fun-filled activities for all the family, and a bar for the adults! Pop along and come say 'Hi!' to our friendly team of staff hanging out by The Befriending Scheme stall.

Breathing Space sessions in Ipswich and Newmarket

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Come along to our fortnightly groups in Newmarket and Ipswich! Give yourself a chance to wind down from a hectic month, or just come along for a chat and a cuppa.

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Our FREE sessions give you the chance to widen your circle, and step out of your comfort zone- meeting new people and gaining valuable insight in to local organisations, while also offering support and advice. (You also get yummy snacks and refreshments too!)

If you'd like to come along to one of our Breathing Space groups, give Cat a call on 07722407185, or e-mail info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk

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Andrew Coffey's story

This is Andrew Coffey, who we met through our Breathing Space group in Gorleston.

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Andrew has been an artist all his life, portraying his work in painting, photography and other media.

Andrew and his wife approached us at the group, and told us all about his life. He used to produce portraits on the sea front for many years, and is now an Octogenarian!

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He has never had an exhibition of his work .. and asked if there was any way we could help him to achieve this goal now.

We gave him details about the Art of Norwich Exhibition taking place at the moment in Norwich. This is a regular event and has a strong turn out both for participants and audience.

Andrew and his wife arranged to take part and have two walls of photographs currently displayed. He absolutely loved the whole process of preparing for it and hopes to take part in future ones.

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Andrew produces images of scenery and portraits and has a great eye for composition and catching the essence of a scene. Looking at the images he has displayed at the exhibition really make you want to rush off to the beach for a summer holiday!

Exciting new volunteering opportunities!

As you probably already know, we've been working on our new project - The Friends Farm Hub- at Otley College recently, and now we'd like some new volunteers to get on board!

What is the Farm Hub?

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Our farm hub is small farm where adults 16+ yrs, with additional needs can spend a day each week in small, friendly groups taking part in the setting-up and running of our one-acre site at the Otley College Campus.

Activities on the farm will involve growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, and caring for small farm animals, such as chickens and ducks.

 

Here's what you'd get to do;

  • Help our members get involved with tasks around the farm, whilst encouraging their social and teamwork skills.
  • Be involved with cleaning, feeding and caring for the farm animals.
  • Take on gardening tasks such as potting up, sowing seeds, growing vegetables, plants and flowers.
  • You will also be involved with our team, making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable adults, those people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

And here's what we can offer you!

  • Full training on safeguarding and mental health
  • The chance to learn a new hobby or develop upon your own skills.
  • Be part of a friendly, like minded team.
  • Take part in external talks and demonstrations from local gardening/animal welfare groups.
  • Know that you've made a difference to the lives of vulnerable adults.
  • Paid out of pocket expenses
  • Gain skills/work experience for a new career choice.

If you'd like to get in contact about volunteering, give our Friends Farm Hub Leader, Becky a call on 07802724168, or e-mail becky.fox@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk.