Alex’s update: Northern Ireland
I hope to draw your attention to a Help for Heroes course which will be held in Belfast in Autumn 2018. ‘Compassionate Resilience’ is a class which teaches you the skills you need to become more resilient to life’s knocks, and to develop skills to become more compassionate to yourself at the times when you need it. It will take place on 5th and 6th September and 14th and 15th November, and is open to Veterans and family members. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Despite the cold and frost, we had some great events in February.
The photography group were a busy bunch and enjoyed visits to the Somme Museum, Hillsborough forest park, Minnowburn and a wildly cold Strangford beach. Our monthly breakfast took place in Portadown on 12th February, and was a cosy setting for some good catch ups. To coincide with the half term holidays, 38 BoB/BoS and family enjoyed a competitive hour of bowling with lots of laughs on 16th February - many thanks to our volunteers who were most helpful.
BoB Steve hosted a fantastic evening of landscape painting with 16 members and family having had a lovely, relaxing evening, and learning a new skill. On 23rd February, seven BoS met for afternoon tea, with lots of sweet treats and good company.
The end of month saw the second NI group trip to Phoenix House Recovery Centre. Seven BoB and BoS visited the Centre and enjoyed a bespoke week of activities, including, yoga, sleep hygiene, compassionate mind class, boccia, art, woodwork, with a good few looking forward to returning again later in the year.
What’s coming up?
Light breakfast in Newtownards: Monday 12th March
Photography dates including days out and studio work in various locations: Thursday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,29th March
Arts and Crafts evening, painting flowers using acrylics, in Belfast: Tuesday 13th March
If you need any more information or to sign up to any of the forthcoming events, please email me
Gerry’s update: Scotland
Snow, snow and more snow!! Good job that February managed to stay free from the white stuff so that all of this could happen……Meet and GreetsWe held Meet and Greets in Aberdeen, Prestwick, Dumfries and Forres – a fantastic way to meet up with BoB/BoS to meet new friends and catch up! Also, a good opportunity to find out info, ask questions and get support. When the meet ups are in galleries or museums you will be able to have a look around the displays and exhibits – they are lovely places to visit. Family Crafts Day plus Sublimation Rock Slate Workshop – Military Museum Scotland in Wilkieston, LothianWhat a brilliant day of paint, creativity, fun and laughter 25 BoB/BoS and family had. There was beautiful painting of ceramic plant holders, the chance to decorate tiles and create lovely glass tea light holders, plus make cards and pom-poms! BoB Gus McLean created some wonderful Rock Slates by Sublimation from photos that were brought in to round off a great day of crafts.
Therapies4Forces Relaxation and Wellbeing Day – Energise in Cambuslang, Glasgow
This event was re-scheduled from January because of the snow, with over 20 BoB/BoS were needing relaxing treatments. Everyone was treated to therapies including reflexology, reiki, body and hand/arm massage, nail treatments and angel card readings.Everyone was certainly a lot more chilled out and relaxed at the end of the day – one Band of Sister (Christine!) even fell asleep during her treatment.
Erskine Reid Mcewen Activity Centre – Bishopton, Renfrewshire
This superb centre provides a range of purposeful activities to veterans with a choice of classes and drop-in sessions to encourage skill sharing and development while increasing your social network. In February BoB were invited to an art session where there was the opportunity to work with paints or clay. There was also a cookery and nutrition session which showed a great way to make meatballs and pasta. There will be regular classes and activities each month so do watch out for the notices.
Stand Easy Drama and Music Project – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling University
BoB/BoS members have taken part in a drama and music production over a three-week period, ending with a performance to family and friends.
The production is based around the experiences of a Navy Veteran who served in Aden. The focus was on building confidence and reducing isolation, having fun, talking, listening, and socialising in a creative, safe and supportive but also challenging environment.
Monthly BoB/BoS Drop-In Clinics
The Monthly BoB/BoS Drop-In Clinics have been going very well in The Coming Home Centre, Glasgow on the last Friday of each month and February was no exception.
There will be a new Monthly BoB Drop-In Clinic on the first Friday of each month at the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre starting on Friday 6th April.
The Drop-In’s are a great opportunity to come along and see me to discuss any support issues or get information or if you fancy just popping in for a chat and saying hello? There will be a smile and a cup of tea or coffee!
What’s coming up:
Dry Stone Walling
Tuesday 27th March
Wednesday 28th March
Easter Family Crafts Day in Lothian
Military Museum Scotland, Wilkieston (Scottish War Blinded)
Saturday 24th March
11.00am – 3.00pm
Monthly Drop-In Clinic in Glasgow
The Coming Home Centre, Glasgow
Friday 23rd March
10am – 12noon
BoS Meet and Greet in Stirling
Debenhams Cafe, Stirling
Wednesday 21st March 4.30pm – 6.30pm
BoB Games Tournament in Renfrewshire
Erskine Reid Macewen
Monday 19th March
1pm - 3pm
Help for Heroes: LIVE
Saturday 17th March
10.00am – 4.00pm
BoB/BoS Meet and Greet in Edinburgh
Personnel Recovery Centre in Gilmerton, Edinburgh
Thursday 15th March
10am - 12pm
BoB/BoS Meet and Greet in Falkirk
The Graeme Hotel, Falkirk
Monday 12th March
10.30am - 12.30pm
BoB Art Class in Renfrewshire
Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre in Bishopton, Renfrewshire
Friday 9th March
1pm - 3pm
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Please email me at email@example.com,uk if you need any more information about any of the events. Notices will be out for all of them in due course.
Harri’s Update: North East
So that’s February over and done with already! We had a lovely month visiting Thorp Perrow Arboretum in the snow and rain. The weather didn’t stop us from having a great time though. We had the opportunity to feed the wallabies, get chased by the chickens and watch the amazing owl display. Our wonderful Band of Brother Ken Nash from Catterick took the photo of the tiny owl perching on his post. We also enjoyed some family bowling down in Scunthorpe over the half term and a session ceramic painting in York which bought out our artistic side.
If you have any great ideas of what you would like to see in your area please let your BoB & BoS coordinator Harriet know. These events and get togethers are for you the members of the fellowship so get in touch.
Coming up in March:
Saturday 17th March Help for Heroes: LIVE in BirminghamWednesday 21th March – Band of Sisters get together in LeedsThursday 22nd March – BoB/S breakfast in Ripon
Kevin’s Update: North West
February flew by. Always great to catch up with so many of you across the region. We had a couple of meetings in new locations and over the next three months I will start to reach out to other areas that have been recommended by you.If you need any support or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgDo you know of any locations in your area that could host a coffee morning/afternoon/evening? Out of the city centres, nice friendly, inviting room and good parking would be ideal. Please get in touch.
What’s coming up this month:
Debenhams get together
Barrow Get together
Liverpool drop in clinic
Burnley model making
Preston drop in clinic
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If you need any more information or to sign up to any of the forthcoming events, please email me.