Moving On Tyne & Wear
So it’s the first week of May and this week we have been looking at social isolation and how we can try to tackle that. We have lots of exciting things coming up which we hope will help our local community come together.
As it is National Walking Month we have set up a women’s walking group in South Shields. This will commence on the 17th May at 10.am with Olive and we will meet at Ocean Road Community Centre.
Walking has some great health benefits such as,
As well as the above it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and get in practice for Our Summer Parade March. We invite all our participants to come along and join in the fun. The theme this year will be space fantasy!
We still have our walking men’s’ group at Ocean Road Community centre which is run by our participant Mark Ellwood. This has been quite successful and has helped many men in the local area come together and make new friends.
As well as our walking group we have our Holistic Handicrafts on at 10.30am on Wednesdays. at St Pauls and St Johns Church Hall.
Each week we do a different handicraft. This week we did Encaustic Art which involved using wax to create a picture. Next week will be paint pouring.
We also have a Craft-a-Rella event which is led by our previous participant, Barbara. This will be a chance to learn pattern cutting, sewing and upcycling. A great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.
It will be held at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery starting Tuesday 21st May weekly at 1.30pm-3.30pm
We look forward to seeing you at our events
It’s been a great April here at South Tyneside Moving On Tyne and Wear!
We have secured our place in the South Shields Summer Parade and we have been working with Creative Seed on ideas for costumes and how to make them which has been great fun. We are really looking forward to taking part in July and hope that some of our participants will join us on the walk.
We attended Simonside Hub and got to know the amazing volunteers there. We dropped into the Fibromyalgia group for a cuppa and had a good chat to the ladies who attended. It was great fun and I also got to find out more information about the condition.
We had our weekly drop-in session at Flagg Court on Tuesday between 11-12, you don’t need an appointment and you can find out more information regarding what we do as a programme and what we can offer as well as meeting me –Emma Dawson the Community Engagement worker for South Tyneside
Bilton Hall was another great place we dropped in, it’s situated in Low Simonside and has some great groups and events running such as dance, community bingo, social evenings and boxing. They have also just opened their new community shop which has some great little bargains!
We enjoyed a coffee at Stars (South Tyneside Recovery Unit) with their clients and staff and discussed the barriers and issues they face when looking for work and training.
I also went along to the Quorum Jobs Fair which was held in their Business Park in North Tyneside and talked to the employers about the South Tyneside residents and what they had to offer them in relation to jobs and support.
We have welcomed 16 people to the programme for April and are looking forward to helping them move on in their journey towards employment, training and skills. And we said goodbye to 3 of our hard-working participants who have successfully moved onto training and education.
Our Self- awareness course which supports those with anxiety and confidence issues by helping them focus on moving forward and rethinking how they may view themselves is into its 2nd week and we are already seeing differences in the group which is great as it is a huge first step for participants on their journey.
We have got some very exciting workshops coming up in May for the crafty and fashion focussed, so keep your eyes open for my blogs in May to find out more.
We popped into Simonside Community Hub this week and met some lovely ladies at the Fibromyalgia group. We even stayed for a bite to eat and a cup of tea at their very reasonably priced café. On offer were amazing paninis, salads, jacket potatoes and other scrumptious snacks.
Simonside Community Hub is based on Wenlock Road, South Shields. It re-opened in March this year and has some great things going on.
They are volunteer-led and work very hard to bring some great services to the community. So far, they have daily parent and toddler sessions with free fruit juice for the children. Further to this, they also offer arts and crafts, bingo, fitness classes and weight loss support. This is great for helping people to overcome social isolation and improve their mental health.
The Hub also runs a Fibromyalgia support group and hope to run a cancer support group in the future.
Simonside Community Hub is also having discussions about involving a group of young people to help with social activities and delivering healthy living support.
On site, they have a community shop consisting of clothes, toys, ornaments, games and much more at very low prices- great for the bargain hunter! They are also open to donations if you are having a clear out and would like to support them.
You can assess their page by going to their Facebook page.
You will find more information, daily posts about groups, and upcoming events, as well as competitions with a chance to win some great prizes.
We really enjoyed our visit and are looking forward to our next one helping to support their work.
Our staff have been busy since the start of the new year. At South Tyneside, we think it’s crucial to be visible to the people in our area.
Monday 21st January is also known as ‘Blue Monday’. Dubbed as the most depressing day of the year, Change for Life hosted a health and wellbeing event at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre. Our Navigator, James, attended and spoke to lots of lovely folk who popped by!
On Wednesday 30th January, the team attended Jobcentre Plus’ new year event to speak to people who could be looking for support from a service like ours.
The staff and public were able to meet some of the staff; Mark Blyth (Peer Mentor Coordinator) and Julie Wilson (Navigator) and were able to ask direct questions about the service.
Julie explained the role of the Navigator and the things we hoped to achieve with participants referred for the Jobcentre whilst Mark explained peer mentoring for the over 50’s as well as the outcomes they have achieved.
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Jen is our social enterprise co-ordinator who is looking into helping our participants set up their own businesses and group community interests.
Sue is our Autism and LLDD (learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) specialist, Sue works in partnership with NEAS (North East Autism Society) to provide support to our region.
Last week saw the start of the ‘Brain Gym’ – this is a group for our over 50’s participants.
The aim of the group is to develop a service for people over 50’s to exercise their brains and to keep them active, this will be achieved through the participants actively planning a range of actives that will support their mental health and wellbeing as well as the opportunity to access bespoke accredited training.
Another one of our over 50’s groups is the Gym Buddies, it provides a relaxed, friendly and supportive gym session for participants who would like to get back into some physical activity.
We have participants with numerous physical health issues such as COPD, heart disease, arthritis and nerve damage and participants who have mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar who thought that they wouldn’t be able to go to the gym, doing really well and achieving amazing results.
A new member of the group gave his feedback:
‘I was depressed, nervous, and anxious and didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t been around strangers.’ ‘I feel inspired and feel I have a focus on what I need to do, I have met very positive people and feel like part of a team.’
The South Tyneside team took part in supporting Veterans Response Service in Sunderland on the 1st July 20018.
The event was connected to the Arm Forces Day which was to raise awareness of those that have served in the armed forces and the battle they face once they have left. MOTW joined forces with Veterans Support to raise the profile and to capture anyone that needed support.
Mark Blyth helped run the tombola for the veteran’s to raise money for the charity and to promote MOTW along with the support they can offer to people leaving the armed services. This would include gaining further education, training, and employment.
Ian Driver, Director of Veterans Response, was very grateful for the support and showed his appreciation towards MOTW by recommending the service to future clients using his service.
As the sunshine hit and the South Tyneside summer festival began Moving on Tyne and Wear were there to show our support for the community and the residents of South Tyneside.
The theme of this year’s festival was Monsters Myths and Magic and we went as characters from Harry Potter.
We had participants in the parade, one marched with us, one marched with another organisation that they were involved with but they both said that if it had not been for the involvement with Moving On Tyne & Wear and the Gym Buddies class they would not have had the confidence or fitness level to do the parade.
The Parade was a great success and especially for our participants as it has shown that there are no barriers to what you can achieve, Karen explained that 6 months ago she was sitting in her pyjamas every day where as now she is involved in life again and proving that she can do anything she wants as long as she believes in herself.
Trevor said that he has lived in the area for 13 years and this is the first time he has been to the beach, that he was doing things that he would never have before he started the programme as he is now a peer mentor, part of the Gym Buddies and Brain Gym and currently training towards a recognised qualification.
Thank you for all of the support that we received whilst marching, we hope to see you all next year, and if you want to be involved come and join us.
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