Centre News Update – February 2016

The Edlington Hilltop Centre has been very busy again this month, as we approach the end of an outstanding year of achievements by the staff, volunteers and centre users here in our community.

Edlington Hilltop Centre

As we look forward to the coming year and all of the amazing projects we have in store, we thought you might like to read some statistics for the past 12 months.

Our team have helped a fantastic 888 people to pick up new digital skills most for the very first time, 479 people have been supported with CV’s and employability skills, 652 people have given feedback about their care at the Martinwell’s Centre and accessed support services from around the community, 200+ people have gained work experience across our projects with 128 going on to find permanent employment, 33 people have gained a City & Guilds qualification, and 7 of our volunteers and staff achieved their Volunteer Management Level 4 Diploma’s and Level 3 TAQA qualifications in January this year.

All of this has been possible because of our small army of 5 staff and 48 volunteers and our funding partners, who all go above and beyond to provide the support and services that improve and enrich the lives of everyone in our community.

Community Volunteer Scheme

We have a wide variety of roles within the Centre and across our projects for people to gain valuable work experience and qualifications. If you have some spare time on your hands or maybe you’re between jobs, then you are very welcome to contact our Volunteer Support Officer Rob Smedley to talk about the options available and to see what would be right for you. Contact us on 01709 863268 for more information.

Edlington Hilltop Centre Digital Champions #GOLW14

Helping Hands Charity Shop

We are extremely pleased that our new Helping Hands Charity Shop opened on 23rd February.

Mrs Smedley, Ernest Hardy and Rob Smedley Volunteer Support Officer at the Opening of the Helping Hands Charity Shop

Mrs Smedley, Ernest Hardy and Rob Smedley Volunteer Support Officer at the Opening of the Helping Hands Charity Shop

Ernest Hardy Opens the Helping Hands Charity Shop

Ernest Hardy Chair of Trustee’s of the Edlington Hilltop Centre Opens the Helping Hands Charity Shop

The Charity Shop is a training environment that will enable those manning the shop to gain a level 2 qualification in retail management, which will build the capacity and prospects of local people.

The Helping Hands Charity Shop
L-R Vicki Bowker and Tina Reid Painting the Entrance Sign

If you have any items that you can donate to the shop, this will be gratefully received and then be put to good use to help people right here in our community. We can accept clothes, shoes, toys, books, towels, bedding, children’s clothes, brick a brak, ornaments, and cutlery in fact almost all household items, except large items of furniture or underwear.

Town and District Councillors at the Opening of the Helping Hands Charity Shop

L-R Edlington Hilltop Centre Chair of Trustees Ernest Hardy, Trustee and Town Councillor Ray Mullis, Trustee & Mayor of Edlington Councillor Georgina Mullis, DMBC District Councillor Elsie Butler, Town Councillor’s Frank Arrowsmith and Mo Patterson

We will also be offering clothing tickets to those families who from time to time might need help and support in times of difficulty, linking into the Foodshare Scheme at ECO and our Community Health team at the Martinwell’s Centre.

The Helping Hands Charity Shop

A huge thank you must go to all the staff, volunteers and helpers who have helped to transform the room for the shop and for having the vision to provide this much needed and one and only charity shop in the local district.

Community Lifeline/Befriending Scheme

Did you know that 1 in 3 senior citizens around our community are socially isolated, often going weeks and months without spending time talking to someone else? To help support these people we now have a small team of volunteers who man the community lifeline and befriending service. We make calls either daily or weekly to people in the community, who simply need to hear a friendly voice to talk about their day and enjoy talking to someone who cares.

Community Lifeline

We also make sure that they are receiving all the help and support that they are entitled to. If you know someone who would benefit from a new “telephone friend” then this service is for them. Just call 01709 863268 and speak to Rachel Davie who supervises this new service.

Keepmoat Homes Partnership

We are very proud to announce our brand new partnership with Keepmoat Homes here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre.

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Sarah Hopkinson, Community Engagement and Investment Coordinator at Keepmoat Homes said “Edlington Hilltop Centre are the hub of social activity and support within the Edlington Community and do some amazing work, helping over 1800 people in the last 12 months.

We are pleased to be supporting the Centre in a wide variety of ways including:

Providing resources/tools and labour for the Community Allotment, Providing resources and graphic pads for the Children’s Computer Club and to support an art class for Autistic Adults, Offering work experience and mock interviews for the Community Volunteers, Offering talks and motivational activities for disengaged young adults, Laptops for outreach work in the community to support the elderly and those who are socially isolated, Materials to support the Community Potato Farming Competition for schools across the South West of Doncaster, Time and resources to help the community grow and prosper.

Keepmoat Partnership

Robert Reid, Community Officer at the Edlington Hilltop Centre said “Our new partnership with Keepmoat Homes will benefit a huge amount of people in our local community. The support being offered by Keepmoat Homes is real and tangible, and will enable us to move forward with our numerous projects such as the Community Allotment, as well as enabling us to enrich the services, activities and experiences that we provide for everyone who uses the Hilltop Centre. The Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Centre Users pass on their heartfelt thanks to Keepmoat Homes and look forward to working together in the coming years for the good of our Community.”

Community Allotment

Thanks to the brilliant support we have now received from Keepmoat Homes we are making huge strides with the Community Allotment.

Community Allotment

We will be providing a sensory area for the elderly, a toddler sanctuary to enable the little ones to grow it, cook it and eat it from the allotment, raised beds to enable those recovering from illness to come along for respite activities, polytunnels that will grow bedding plants to enable us to provide displays for the community, a honey pot area to encourage bee keeping and to help pollinate all the crops on the Community Allotments, fruit trees of all varieties and low beds for growing vegetables to enable us to make hampers for local families, this list is endless. This open space really will help countless people from all across the area.

The Community Alllotment

If you have a few hours to spare to help us build the facilities, get in touch with Leigh Calladine on 01709 863268.

Community Health Project & the Martinwells Centre Patient Participation Group

Our Community Health Champions have been helping local residents who are patients at the Edlington GP Practice and the Nayar GP Practice to register their details online with https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/Register this month and recording their feedback about the care being provided by the GP and Dental Surgeries on iWantGreatCare (The Friends and Family Test).

Discover what iWantGreatCare can do to imnprove the service we receive from the NHS by watching the video below.

The Community Health Project

Advisor Kelly Brown update’s Marie in the Nayar Practice

February Panel Meeting: At our February meeting we focussed on the new digital services being rolled out across the GP practices and how this is improving the service everyone in the community receives from their GP. Across the practices we are working hard to try and reduce the number of appointments that are missed by patients. Some of the new services being rolled out in the coming months, such as the text message reminder service will help.

When a patient misses an appointment to see the Nurse, GP or Dentist this has a huge impact, and means other patients could be missing out on the opportunity to resolve their health concerns. There is also a financial cost to missed appointments, as this reduces the income that can be put to use to provide the other services that we all rely on.

GP and Dentist’s time is valuable and an expense we all pay for when contributing to the NHS in our Tax’s and National Insurance, we should all play our part to ensure our investment in the NHS is not wasted.

Please do all you can to cancel your appointment in advance if you are unable to attend, and help us to help you and other patients in need across the community?

Flu Jabs – Last Chance: If you have not yet had, or booked an appointment to have your Flu Jab then please contact your GP Practice to arrange for this to be done as soon as possible, as there is now limited supplies remaining. Contact you GP as follows: Edlington Practice 01709 444001 and Nayar Practice 01709 444044.

Become a Member of our Panel: Pick up a membership form from your practice or the Hilltop Centre today.

Contact Your Panel: Please feel free to contact Robert Reid (Chair), Pam Chambers (Vice Chair) or Leigh Calladine (Secretary) on 01709 863268 to discuss the panel or your experiences at the practices.

Activities, Groups and Classes

New Activity: Bingo Club starts on Tuesday 15th March from 6:30pm to 8pm and then every Tuesday night. There will be 12 games of Bingo, with an interval for Soup and a Roll, Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate.

FREE CITY & GUILDS IT Qualifications are still available, please book now to avoid disappointment.

FREE QUALIFICATIONS in HEALTH & SAFETY* on 1ST & 2ND MARCH, FOOD SAFETY* on 8TH & 9TH MARCH and EMERGENCY FIRST AID on 22ND & 23RD MARCH.

Call us on 01709 863268 as soon as possible to secure your qualification. *Free to those on JSA, ESA and Universal Credit. Places are limited to 8 per session so book now!

Be Online Week is Here!

Looking for work, staying healthy, saving money and keeping in touch with loved ones are all quicker and easier online. If you’re one of the 12 million people without digital skills, it can feel pretty scary getting started. But the Be Online campaign is here to help.

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Be Online takes place across the UK from 15th to 28th February, and will see hundreds of events take place in community venues across the country, helping digital beginners get the support they need to make the most of the internet.  The Edlington Hilltop Centre is a nationally recognised UK Online Centre so we have been very busy all week with lots of things happening in the Centre to help people to “Be Online.”

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Why not come along and take part in our Work Club and Careers Advice Service or help us to research projects for the Community Allotment or our very dedicated Knit & Natter Group,  whatever you choose to do you’ll be helped to use Learn My Way to find quick and simple courses on everything from the basics like emailing and internet searches, to more complex online tasks like searching and applying for work, or booking a doctor’s appointment.

Phoenix Enterprises

This week we are also offering FREE qualifications from City & Guilds in Online Basic ITQ for beginners, so why not upgrade your CV with the very latest ways to use the computers and the internet.  Over 33 Centre Users have gained the qualification so far, and don’t forget that we are offering luxury Tea or Coffee for everyone who comes along.

City & Guilds

New Partnership with Keepmoat Homes

We are very proud to announce our brand new partnership with Keepmoat Homes here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre.

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Sarah Hopkinson, Community Engagement and Investment Coordinator at Keepmoat Homes said “Edlington Hilltop Centre are the hub of social activity and support within the Edlington Community and do some amazing work, helping over 1800 people in the last 12 months. We are pleased to be supporting the Centre in a wide variety of ways including:

  • Providing resources/tools and labour for the Community Allotment
  • Providing resources and graphic pads for the Children’s Computer Club and to support an art class for Autistic Adults
  • Offering work experience and mock interviews for the Community Volunteers
  • Offering talks and motivational activities for disengaged young adults
  • Laptops for outreach work in the community to support the elderly and those who are socially isolated
  • Materials to support the Community Potato Farming Competition for schools across the South West of Doncaster
  • Time and resources to help the community grow and prosper

Keepmoat Partnership

Robert Reid, Community Officer at the Edlington Hilltop Centre said “Our new partnership with Keepmoat Homes will benefit a huge amount of people in our local community. The support being offered by Keepmoat Homes is real and tangible, and will enable us to move forward with our numerous projects such as the Community Allotment, as well as enabling us to enrich the services, activities and experiences that we provide for everyone who uses the Hilltop Centre. The Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Centre Users pass on their heartfelt thanks to Keepmoat Homes and look forward to working together in the coming years for the good of our Community.”

PinkLadies Congratulates Debbie Wilson

The PinkLadies Boxfit Classes here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre would like to congratulate Debbie Wilson who has now qualified as Head Coach for the Ladies Boxfit Classes held every Monday and Thursday.

Allen Langham said “Debbie Wilson one of our ‪#‎PinkLadies‬ coaches, is a real inspiration, a Grandma who is so loving and kind a real great lady, she has worked hard to become a coach.”

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The Edlinton Bootcamp runs every Monday and Thursday between 6pm and 7pm.  Numbers are limited to 10 spaces, It’s 12 weeks, 24 sessions and great fun for all the family.  These classes are for females only.

Helping Hands Charity Shop

On Tuesday 23rd February 2016 we will be very pleased to be opening the doors for our brand new project “The Helping Hands Charity Shop” here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre.

Helping Hands Charity Shop

We will be selling a whole host of items from Clothing, Shoes, Coats, Books, Bedding, Towels to everyday items.  All of the proceeds of the Helping Hands Charity Shop will be invested back into the Edlington Hilltop Centre to help sustain and enhance all of the amazing projects that are delivered here in our community.

Working with local partners we will also be providing clothing tickets for individuals and families who may from time to time need support, linking into other projects such as the Community Health Project at the Martinwells Centre and the Foodshare Scheme at Edlington Community Organisation.

If you have any items that could be donated to the Charity Shop then all donations will be put to good use for local people right here in our community.  See you on 23rd for the opening day.