NEWSLETTER – October 2014

After a long and beautiful summer we are getting back into the swing of things and are pleased to send you our latest newsletter. There’s lots of news to report so put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of tea (and go on; sneak a biscuit in there) and enjoy a few moments of getting up to date on what has been (and will be) happening at the Rainbow Centre!
We look forward to seeing you!

6 Countries – 6 Days
Sponsored Cycle Tour

Cycle team photo
cafe rest 1

Well I made it and got home safely – with only a few bruises and sore bits! We cycled 6 countries in 6 days, a total of 425 miles. Most of the trip was very enjoyable, with good weather and an interesting route. Some days were really tough with us having to cover a lot of miles over hilly terrain. Other days were easier, one day 50 miles of our route was along a canal path which was obviously quite flat. The team worked well together and as you can imagine 14 of us cycling along caused quite a stir, café owners were pleased when we turned up for coffee and cake at 11am, their day was suddenly busier!
We received a good welcome wherever we went and were looked after well by the hotels we stayed in. People were interested in what we were doing and why. All of us were cycling to raise funds for our chosen charity, most for Beyond Ourselves and others – like me for another local charity.
Cycling through northern Europe I was struck by some of the differences of cycling around England. Firstly the cycle routes are amazing, smooth pavements and literally 100s of miles of dedicated routes separate from the roads. Car drivers are very aware of cyclists – and very patient. Also we crossed borders on regular occasions, sometimes zigzagging across several times a day, however there were no border guards or need to show a passport, in fact sometimes we were not even aware that we had crossed a border – it made me realise just how interconnected people felt in that part of Europe.
Cycling around Europe for hours gave me time to reflect on the summer season. I do enjoy the summer and the opportunities it gives to running projects with folks. We have had some special projects running over the summer this year, led by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff and volunteers. For whom I am very grateful and want to say a big thank you too.
We started the summer running our Skate Park for 5 days at Whitings Road School. We were joined by a team of young people from local churches who wanted to spend some of their holidays volunteering in the community. It was a great week with many young people coming along and enjoying learning how to use the ramps. There was a fantastic atmosphere all week and it was good to see the children and young people having such an enjoyable time. We focused on teaching the young people safe use of the bikes and the importance of wearing helmets.

Whitings hill event.

For the first week of the summer break we spent five days with the mobile skate park set up in the grounds of Whitings hill primary school.

The weather was perfect all week and the attendance was high. For the duration of the we had with us Angus Gough a young up and coming pro rider. It was a real benefit to all the youngsters that attended that he was able to work with us that week, it gave a real opportunity for people to learn new skills.

ssp whitings flyer final

ssp group whitings

‘Ballers 2’

Ballers poster

Following the success of last year’s Dollis Valley Ballers 2 on 2 Basket Ball Competition, BCP and Community Souls held this years ‘Ballers 2’ during August. The event was put together to engage with local young people who live on the Dollis Valley Estate and surrounding areas.

The day was filled with lots of fun and action packed games. Over 80 people came and enjoyed the vibes, the weather, a tasty BBQ and music played by Art Against Knives DJ (DJ LueB). Youth worker Rickardo provided commentary for the day.
Ballers pic for newsletter

With your support we hope to bring ‘Ballers 3’ back again in the summer of 2015!

Dollis Dolls Nail Bar

Our Nail Bar is up and running again as we started up on the 7th October, so come along and visit us! Every Tuesday from 4.30 – 7pm.

The MacMillan Coffee Morning

26 September 2014

McMil YumYum

With great enthusiasm the MacMillan Coffee Morning was held at the Rainbow Centre and was enjoyed by people of all ages. There was a variety of cakes and foods which fed and fulfilled a lot of people right through to after the lunch period.

The cakes were donated by Lynn, Kelly, Charlotte, Gina and Jayson and a lot of hard work was put in by all, without which it would not have been as successful! Thank you to everyone who helped put this day together but a special ‘Thank You’ to Georgia who was the motivating ‘engine’ behind it all. An amount of £129.96 was raised which made the morning worth the effort.

We are looking forward to making this a yearly event and look forward to an even bigger morning than this year!

Regular activities at the Rainbow Center:

IT Course Tuesday 9.30am – 12.00
GRT (Gypsy Roman Traveller) Literacy Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am
Dollis Dolls Nail Bar Tuesday 4.30pm – 7.00pm
ESOL: English for Other Languages Wednesday 9.30am – 12.00
Job Club Wednesday 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Art Classes Thursday 9.30am – 11.30am
Thursday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Community Kitchen Friday 1.00pm

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