Northern Ireland | Alex's Update
March saw the start of the alfresco ventures in the shape of fishing and photography events. A local angling group kindly invited some of our members to participate in their ‘Angling for All’ project which consisted of five coached sessions in practical fishing techniques and fishing theory. I am delighted to say that three BoBs braved the wild weather and completed the course. Each participant received an Angling Proficiency Certificate, an Angling Proficiency Fishing Guide and twelve months free membership to the angling club.
It was lovely to have Dreda, our regional Support Hub Key Worker, visit Northern Ireland during the first week of March. Dreda and I met with nearly thirty BoB/BoS on 1 March in Bangor. Guests were treated to a scrumptious carvery lunch and it was great to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the company of known members and new faces alike.
Stena Line Belfast Giants were incredibly kind in donating fifteen tickets to local BoB/BoS for their match against the Nottingham Panthers on 12 March. Attendees said it was an exciting game and the family atmosphere was superb.
The Fellowship Photography Project is well underway with members covering the ‘Back to Basics’ workshop with our volunteer, Guy. We will put these lessons to the test during our day-trip to the picturesque Strangford Lough on 23 March. It’s lovely to see each individual’s confidence growing and the strengthening camaraderie amongst the group. Next month we will be exploring the North Coast and attending our first studio workshop. If anyone is interested in joining the photography group, please do get in touch.
On 22 March, I made my way west to Enniskillen. The Ely Centre kindly invited Help for Heroes to present to their guests attending the Veteran’s breakfast. It was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the Charity to potential beneficiaries. A local Help for Heroes fundraiser also delivered a moving and inspirational presentation to the group, telling the tale of her involvement with the Charity and her recent experience of a trek through Burma. That afternoon, we held a BoB/BoS get-together and it was delightful to catch up with those of you from that neck of the woods.
I look forward to catching up with you all at future events. As always, please do drop me an email or give me a call if you have any questions or would like a chat.
North East | Harriet's update
This month we ran our first Band of Sisters Respite & Relaxation weekend of the year at Phoenix House. We kicked off with some hilarious icebreakers which resulted in some sore cheeks after all the giggling. On Saturday we had some lovely volunteers come in for a morning of complimentary massages and Reiki which relaxed some so much a late morning nap was in order. After a very healthy but yummy lunch Rosie came in to show us how to make some wonderfully delicious chocolate truffles using different types of chocolate and extravagant flavours. This was swiftly followed by the gorgeous Beth who came in to make us all feel beautiful and prepare our makeup for our evening meal.
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of and see how much our Band of Sisters really got from the weekend – “Everyone seemed to have a really great time and you guys really did everything you could to make us all really welcome”.
We do have other respite weekends coming up in the year so if you are a Band of Sister and have not yet attended one please email Harriet on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Coming up next month:
- Wednesday 5 April – Leeds Royal Armouries
- Thursday 13 April – East Egg hunt Phoenix House Recovery Centre
We do have other events coming up in the Leeds Bradford area in April so keep an eye on your emails!
North West | Kevin's update
I cannot believe we are near the end of March. I have been busy banging the drum promoting our fellowship across the North West. I have started to visit GP’s to tell them about our fellowship and also update them on the veteran sector. If you would like me to send your local GP’s surgery the “How we can support you” brochure, then please drop me an email with their full postal address and I will send them the latest copies. This small task may help others benefit from H4H services or even get priority care as a veteran.
I was lucky enough to talk about the BoB/BoS fellowship at the North West Volunteer Conference. The audience were a really passionate and friendly bunch and enjoyed hearing about the BoB/BoS Fellowships. We all appreciate the work they do out in the towns in the North West promoting H4H and fundraising. Gary a local BoB and his partner gave a talk about the fellowship. The volunteers really appreciated Gary's story. Thank you Gary This month was my first opportunity to visit Tedworth House. The building is amazing and like Phoenix House everybody is super friendly. The facilities were state of the art. The team training event was great to catch up with all the regional BoB/BoS coordinators. We discussed the exciting future and learned how we can support you more.
This month saw me going back to Liverpool where we held our meeting in a unique coffee shop set in an old brewery. The shop is called Ryde. This coffee shop has been open for 8 months and the owner Don is a BoB and also an H4H Ambassador. The place is so relaxed even though it has a working bike repair shop. Thank you for the coffee and bacon butties, we all polished them off.
I would recommend if you were in Liverpool visiting and looking for a chilled out venue for a brew. Stop and say hello to Don and his team at Ryde.
This month has been a busy month loading people on to various courses and support requests. If you need any support please contact me below and we can discuss any issues.
I want to wish you all a great Easter, and I look forward to meeting more of the fellowship in April
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