On the 19th August, a brave team of five supporters are taking on the Peak District Challenge! Starting at night, they'll be walking a blistering (literally) 75km in 24 hours. They're doing this challenge to raise money for Crisis Centre Ministries, as they are aware that all of our funding comes from voluntary donations.
Appeal for practical items needed at the Spring of Hope night shelter! The women who stay at the shelter need the same sorts of items that we take for granted all the time. When you are homeless or escaping a difficult situation, the last thing you think of is a nightdress or a pair of earplugs, which is why these items are so important for us to have for service users to use at the shelter.
The items needed are:
Every summer we work with the National Citizen Service, providing volunteering opportunities for groups of young people. Last week one team volunteered with us and did a fantastic job of sorting out our Wild Goose store room. We get a lot of food donations and the Wild Goose team don't always have the time to sort it all out so it was fantastic when the team from NCS took on the task. The store room has now been transformed with all of the food sorted and labelled clearly.
Last week we were delighted to receive a visit from the trustees of the Grant Bradley Charitable Trust, which included co-founder Father Gregory Grant and Fiona Bradley, wife of the the late co-founder, Peter Bradley. We gave them a tour around the Wild Goose project as well as the newly organised store rooms and the Spring of Hope building.
A huge well done to our Great Weston Ride cycle team who all completed the challenge last Sunday. One of the riders, Yan Lau let us know what the experience was like:
"It was hard getting up at 5:30am to get some porridge down before heading to the start, but the seven of us met up at the starting line in good spirits. The line of 1,100 cyclists was quite awesome to witness. It was a very family friendly event and someone was even pulling their dog behind them in their trailer!
Find out what’s been going on in the year since LIFE was relaunched.
We relaunched the course in September 2015 and run two sessions per week alongside additional one-on-one support for students. Since the relaunch, 16 students have completed the course (and more have benefitted but not completed), of whom 6 are ex-offenders, 9 have addiction problems and 6 have significant mental health struggles. Our present course is attended by 11 students.
With so many exciting changes and developments happening over the last year at CCM, the upcoming AGM is set to be a really great evening. Join us from 6.15 for a prompt 6.30 start. The AGM will end at 9pm.
The longest tandem bike ever built was 67 feet long and could seat 35 people. Unfortunately, we don't have one of those to get our team of staff and volunteers to Weston, but we do have a lot of enthusiasm, determination and training miles under our belts!
On Sunday 17th July, a team of seven staff and volunteers from CCM are taking on the Great Weston Ride, which is a 56-75 mile challenge bike ride from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare. The ride is a long way, even if you choose the shortest course, and our riders are working hard to prepare for the day.
Come for some great music and family activities. Proceeds go towards the Wild Goose Drop-In Centre.