Interactive Christmas Event
ICE – The Thorpe Willoughby Interactive Christmas Event.
We have been working with the church in Thorpe Willoughby, to support them with their revitalisation project, where they are working to develop and expand the church for the local community.
Our Interactive Christmas Event, will be travelling around the village, telling the nativity story, singing favourite carols and giving everyone a chance to take part, should they want to.
Simply come along and enjoy the experience, or come dressed up as a Shepherd, an Angel, or a King, and take part (adults and children are welcome to come dressed up).
Various stops on the way will include the village green and The Fox pub (will there be room at the Inn?), ending at the church and followed by refreshments.
Give It A Whirl
Free taster sessions coming to a village near you!
Come along and try a range of opportunities, have fun, learn new things and meet with others. Feel free to dip in and out of any or all sessions on offer.
Everybody is welcome, please see our itinerary for more details on what we have to offer.
Sherburn Community Outdoor Gym
Providing community gym sessions at the new Sherburn Outdoor public gym. Throughout the course of this project worked with a fantastic and diverse cross section of the local community. Participants were able to learn about how to use the outdoor gym equipment, safely and in ways to suit their own individual needs. Our instructors took time to assess their needs and then tailor training to each person, maximising the positive effects of each training session and ensuring participants were training safely, at their own pace.
As well as the physical support provided to participants, individuals were also offered emotional and social support. This meant that those attending, were enabled to move their lives forward by improving both their physical and mental health. We worked closely with North Yorkshire mental health services, and other local support organisations, to enable this opportunity to be accessible for people recovering through other services.
54 individuals signed up to use the outdoor gym with us over the months of May – October 2018.
These people ranged in ages from 16 to 74 and came from all over the district. Most attendees were Western CEF residents, but around 35% came from other areas of the district.
Body & Soul
We provided an educational and wellbeing opportunity in the Selby District, offering a 12-week course, twice, to focus on both physical health and emotional wellbeing.
Our approach is always to inject humour, care and perpetuating trust into our work, which enables an ongoing dynamic of shared learning and progression.
Throughout this project we addressed individual and group barriers. From the minute sessions started participants were challenged, motivated and supported through a combination of practical tasks and emotional exercises.
Topics covered to address wellbeing and fitness included; sleep, communication, relaxation, time management, handling stress, problem solving, accessing support, diet, nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and increased self-awareness.
As a combination of support and training, Body and Soul allowed us to trial many areas of self-help techniques for both the physical and emotional wellbeing of participants. Showing us that these two areas of our lives really are very connected.
Participants grew in confidence, and accumulated skills and techniques. Feedback has shown that they felt better both physically and emotionally by the end of the course, and had started to find their own strategies for progression, growth and often recovery.
For Selby Hands of Hope this project was something very new and exciting, which was run twice throughout 2018. We worked with them to provide an opportunity for individuals to gain support, hands-on practical experience and to build their confidence, by finding out what it means to be part of a charity team.
An initial 6-week introduction course provided tailored support, coaching and action planning. This equipped participants with the knowledge and time to feel more at ease with taking on a work experience placement. These sessions were also invaluable for addressing physical or mental health issues and offering both group and individual support. Sessions were fun and emotionally supportive, informative and practical.
The course was followed by the opportunity to have a 12-week voluntary work-experience placement. Placements were varied and fun, allowing participants to gain a real over-view of all areas of the charity, whilst finding their own strengths and working through challenges together, and with the staff team.
Portfolios of experience allowed participants to ‘tick off’ each stage, working towards new targets and goals. This ensured that their experiences were wide, varied and interesting.
Participants were supported on a one-to-one basis with our staff, to identify their own barriers and needs, alongside their aspirations for their future. An extensive joint exploration of possibilities and opportunities for each individual participant, enabled them to shape their own journey towards moving forward and building confidence.
Carefully tailored workshop days addressed wellbeing, employability and personal health. These were initially run with two or three participants at the most, keeping groups small and reducing barriers, building up to more participants together, increasing confidences gradually.
This combination of small group and continued individual support throughout the project, enabled fantastic progress to be made by individuals struggling with incredibly difficult personal situations. The Reactivate programme enabled people to develop their own action path and see genuine progress and possibility through their own incredible strengths.
Individual support allowed us to explore issues and barriers together with participants, in a safe environment, often their own home. Finding solutions, focusing on future ambitions and creating action plans to ensure sustainable success. We saw fantastic steps forward, including; better structured life routines, further education commitments, employment, improved home environments, confidence building, anxiety strategising, goal and target setting and generally improved wellbeing.
Four workshops offered participants the opportunity to take part in focused sessions looking at their health and wellbeing, providing further support to progress. In addition, each participant was given the opportunity to work with staff to make use of a £100 individual development budget provided by Selby Hands of Hope. This gift was designed to support their progress and growth towards achieveing their goals and ambitions.
Progressing on from this, some participants took up the opportunity to work through a detailed and heavily supported volunteer placement. This built their confidence and developed many transferable skills.
Thorpe Willoughby Community Fair
MTH ran a community event, to support the local charity ‘Thorpe Willoughby Childcare Centre’ and provide a community event for the village of Thorpe Willoughby.
24 stalls and 15 car boot pitches helped to make a fantastic and fun filled day.
This event raised £740 in total – split between MTH and the Thorpe Willoughby Childcare Centre.
A big thank you to Selby Hands of Hope for their support and generosity with this event.