Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley

by BatleySmile CIC Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Since our last report we have been chatting with local organisations (some big; some small) about isolation; loneliness and mental health across our community: we have shared our project work and have looked at their ideas and discussed ours. Effective partnership working is a key aim for us.

We have been particularly inspired by conversations with Creative Minds - http://bit.ly/CreativeMindsProjects

and Bagshaw Museum - http://bit.ly/BagshawMuseum

Creative Minds promote the use of creative approaches and activities in healthcare; increasing self-esteem, providing a sense of purpose, developing social skills, helping community integration and improving quality of life. Bagshaw Museum is set within 36 acres of park and ancient woodland and boasts a Butterly House; an observatory and a fabulous 'Friends of Wilton Park' voluntary group. 

Thanks to your support we have been able to plan a variety of sessions, working alongside these groups, at the Bagshaw Museum. These activities range from star gazing to walks and talks and relaxing with friends in the Butterfly House. These activities will commence in September, 2018 and we will share progress in our next report. 

In the meantime, best wishes for the summer and thank you for your continued support.

Mark

International Women
International Women's Day (Batley, March 2018)

As we searched around for new year's inspiration to build on the work that you helped us achieve in 2017, we found it in the International Women's Day theme for 2018, #pressforprogress. 

We have been chatting with local organisations (some big; some small) about isolation and loneliness across our community and shared our project work: we have looked at their ideas and discussed ours. Effective partnership working is a key aim for us. We look forward to sharing the results of these conversations with you in our next report.

In the meantime, I'd like to share a number of photographs with you that include our partnership working for International Women's Day; progress that the team at The Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre are making and our emerging 'Conflict and Kindness' project.

We participated in International Women's Day for the first time this year and found much inspiration. We developed a  Batley Poets display for Batley Library and Art Gallery. The ladies featured in our first photograph are shown #pressingforprogress They are volunteers at the Library and we began to realise how important this venue is for many of us local folk to meet up and chat and relax.

Much of our work in 2017 was centred around, 'The Mission' and it's a delight to see how the team are progressing. Currently the stage area is being developed into a 'black box' performance space (it was still wet paint in this photograph!) and funding has been secured for lighting too. The Royal Vountary Service will be providing additional activities at the centre during 2018.

Finally, the work we began in 2017 about a very special local lady, Catherine Exley (1779-1857) has proved to be a joy and 'Conflict and Kindness'  - a project linking Catherine to women in conflict zones around the world today - is bringing a number of inspiring women together from a variety of backgrounds. 

Thanks so much for your continued interest and enthusiasm for our work. 

Best wishes, Mark. 

ps - we just had to include a Fox's Biscuit van in this report - a very special Batley business!

International Women
International Women's Day, BatleyPoets
The Mission
The Mission 'Black Box' stage...
Fox
Fox's Biscuits, Batley, March 2018
Stories of Conflict and Kindness
Stories of Conflict and Kindness
Sing Out to Reach Out
Sing Out to Reach Out

It's some twelve months since we began our first GlobalGiving project, thanks to support from both yourself and the fabulous folk at GlobalGiving. The support we've received has really built our confidence, knowledge and capacity to make a difference in our local area. 

During that time we've regularly let you know how we've been progressing. We include some inspiring images from our past year. I am delighted to let you know that we've raised further funds to allow us to continue our development work on this project into 2018. Thank you for your generous contribution. 

As our project has centred around loneliness and isolation it's a delight to report that working in partnership with others has been the most enjoyable aspect of our work during 2017. We've worked alongside the Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre; Windmill Primary School; Songsational; Batley Girls' High School; Kirklees Council; The Great Get Together (Jo Cox Foundation); Batley Poets and many more organisations.

We look forward to continuing to develop enduring partnerships during 2018. 

With thanks once again and best wishes for the year ahead.

Mark Griffin, Director, BatleySmile CIC.

Batley Poets
Batley Poets
Friends Together
Friends Together
Rock and Pop Choir
Rock and Pop Choir
The Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre
The Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre
Songsational Singers
Songsational Singers

When we launched our first GlobalGiving campaign last year we wished to support older residents in our community, many of whom face a variety of challenges, including that of isolation. With your generous help, we have been able to develop a number of initiatives, based at Howden Clough Community Centre. It's been a delight to keep you regularly  informed about these activities. I include a number of photographs highlighting our work over recent months. 

When we began this initiative we stated our desire to develop further projects for older residents and to work alongside other partners -  Milen Care (at the Indian Muslim Welfare Society) The Pakistan Kashmir Welfare Association and Batley Older People's Centre.

I am delighted to let you know that we have been awarded a GlobalGiving match-funding opportunity to support this ambition. So, over coming weeks we will develop our campaign, working alongside our partners. I look forward to launching our campaign leading up to Christmas and letting you know all about it.

Once again, thank you so much for your support and best wishes.

Bowlers
Bowlers
Cards
Cards
What
What's On
Huggers
Huggers
Get Together
Get Together
17th June - The Great Get Together at The Mission.
17th June - The Great Get Together at The Mission.

Since my last report our community in Batley and Spen has commemorated the first anniversary of the murder of our Member of Parliament, Jo Cox and celebrated her life. So many wonderful local folk have volunteered their time and skills to organise events to bring people together in thoughtful ways: through Great Get Together events; The Big Iftar; the Run for Jo and many more activities involving faith groups; primary and secondary schools; our local authority, Kirklees Council and community organisations. There has been an abundance of kindness. 

I know that without your generosity and the generosity of others the Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre may well have been shut and empty on Saturday 17th June, 2017. Instead, over one hundred people came together to share tears and cheers at our Great Get Together event. Many of the activities developed with your support were on display. I'd like to share three with you: Let's Sing Rock and Pop; Sing Out to Reach Out and finally the BatleyPoets at Batley's Big Iftar event that Saturday evening.  

Let's Sing Rock and Pop has become a regular feature at the Mission on Thursday mornings. Thank you. There was much tension in the air on this Saturday morning as the group prepared for their first ever public performance. They performed, Can you feel the love tonight. Please scroll down to see a photograph of the group. They did brilliantly and, of course, now want some more public performances! Speaking to Jane from Songsational about the project she shared a heart-warmimg story about a lady who has joined the group, after the death of her husband, and she shared how much this group has meant for her wellbeing. Here's to more of this when the group starts again after the summer break. 

Sing Out to Reach Out. It was a delight to welcome Windmill Primary School's Class 4, their teachers; parents and carers; grandparents and friends to the Mission to perform the two songs they've enjoyed rehearsing over the last six months with Songsational: Don't be anything less than everything you can be and Best day of my life It was really special to see families new to the Mission visiting us. The project's grand finale took place on 5th July. Please follow the link below to hear them sing: Best day of my life.

And finally, I'd like to share Mohamed's performance of his poem, Run for Jo at Batley's Big Iftar event. Please see a photograph of Mohamed on the podium and a link below to hear his live performance. The work that you've helped us bring to fruition is supporting local folk of all ages and particularly a number of older people, who through shared joy and experiences are more active and engaged with their community.

Thank you again, Mark. 

Friends enjoying The Mission
Friends enjoying The Mission
Let
Let's Sing Rock & Pop and they did!
Families together for Sing Out to Reach Out
Families together for Sing Out to Reach Out
Don
Don't be anything less than everything you can be.
Mohamed of BatleyPoets reciting
Mohamed of BatleyPoets reciting 'Run for Jo'

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BatleySmile CIC

Location: Batley - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.batleysmile.co.uk
Project Leader:
Mark Griffin
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Batley, United Kingdom

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