We have been doing lots of great things here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre since our last update. Our team of 70+ volunteers and Centre Staff have been getting ready for our Summer Fayre and Grand Opening of the Community Sensory Allotment on Saturday 18th June between 10am and 4pm, which has been kindly sponsored by Keepmoat Homes with support from Co-operative Funeral Care, Yorkshire Main Heritage Trust and Warmsworth and Edlington Lions.
We have The Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, The Mayor of Edlington Joan Briggs and Caroline Flint MP jointly opening the Sensory Allotment following a Parade by the City of Sheffield Pipes and Drums and the Scottish Country Dancing Troup. There will be lots of activities for all the family to take part in so why not come along for a fun day out.
Community Volunteer Scheme
We still 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.
Helping Hands Charity Shop
The Helping Hands Charity Shop opened on 23rd February and has been going from strength to strength. The Charity Shop is a training environment that will enable those manning the shop to gain a level 2 qualification in retail management, which helps to build the capacity and prospects of local people.
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.
Cash Bingo Sessions
Cash Bingo takes place every Tuesday evening at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are priced at £8 for 12 games of 6, £6 for 12 games of 4 or £4 for 12 games of 2.
We also have a bonus flyer game with the current cash prize of over £80 still to play for when calling on 55 numbers or less.
Stop Smoking Sessions
Come along any Tuesday evening between 5pm and 7pm to see our very own stop smoking team.
You will receive FREE nicotine replacement products to help you quit and all the support you need to stay smoke free. No appointment is necessary.
Register now for Customer Services, Health & Safety, Emergency First Aid, Pre-Tenancy, Horticulture, Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Food Hygiene, Maths, English, ICT and Child Care Qualifications, which are coming up after September. Places are going fast and are limited to 10 per group. Call 01709 863268 now to secure your place.
PinkLadies Boxfit24 Club
Pinkladies BoxFit 24, Is a bespoke fitness Bootcamp, that caters for all fitness levels age and ability. It consists of 24 sessions over a 12 week period. Also included in the package is an online support forum, individual goal setting, fitness testing and evaluation, and free access to the PinkLadies Progress Planner.
Classes are held every Monday and Thursday, here at the Hilltop Centre between 6:15pm and 7:15pm. You can contact Alan Langham on 07462 614583 for more information or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We are very pleased to report that we now make regular contact with over 100 OAP’s and other Socially Isolated people right here in our community. We 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 Amy who supervises this new service.
HMRC and DWP Benefits Advice Service
If you need help, advice or support with applying for new benefits, tribunal for appeals or simply want to check your entitlement to benefits then we can help and support you. We have helped numerous local residents to claim benefits for the first time including PIP, Child and Working Tax Credits, Housing Benefits, DLA, ESA and Job Seekers.
Call Gary our Benefits Advice Worker on 01709 863268 for help and advice today.
We have made huge strides getting our Community Sensory Allotment ready for the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, The Mayor of Edlington Joan Briggs and Caroline Flint MP to officially open on 18th June. Check out our Before & After photographs to see progress so far.
We will be welcoming the City of Sheffield Pipe Band along on the day, and they will march down Edlington Lane to the Hilltop Centre before performing set pieces with the Pipes and Drums with Scottish Country Dancers. The Allotment has been kindly sponsored by Keepmoat Homes with support from Co-operative Funeral Care, Yorkshire Main Heritage Trust and Warmsworth and Edlington Lions.
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.
If you have a few hours to spare to help us build the facilities, get in touch with Leigh Calladine on 01709 863268.
Every Monday after school between 3:15pm and 5pm we hold our Kids Club with computer games that have an educational aim and lots of other activities like face painting, arts & crafts and other fun activities.
All for £1.50 with a packet of sweets and carton of pop under the supervision of fully trained and DBS checked volunteers.
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.
Social Prescribing: Working with a range of third sector organisations all our patients can be given onward referrals for free services such as:
Fire Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Smart Water, Benefits Advice, Wellbeing Services, Trussell Trust Food Bank Vouchers, Neighbourhood Services, Clubs, Classes, Courses, Bereavement Advice, Home Adaptions, Taster Sessions for Dance Classes, Community Care Alarms, Home Energy Advice, Stop Smoking Sessions, Blue Badges, Winter Packs, Sanction Advice, Door Spy Holes, Radar Keys, Windows and Door Alarms, Budgeting Advice, Autism Activities for Adults, Children’s Activities, Depression and Anxiety Support etc. The list is endless. Get in touch in Surgery or call 01709 863268 to access these free services.
Edlington Smiles Better: We are very proud of our Volunteer Graphic Artist Ben Bonser who has almost completed the Children’s Cartoon featuring the Staff at the I.J. Kellam Dental Surgery with superhero Mole-R.
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: Water Colour Art Class every Tuesday Evening between 7pm and 9pm, just £3 per session. Oil Painting Art Class every Friday between 1pm and 3pm, Just £3 per session.