New Year brings changes: February Update

Hello all and Happy New Year, the festive season certainly feels like a long time ago now but I’ve been so busy at the start of this new year that this is my first blog post. The new year has bought new projects, changes to old and new ideas.

Family Fun Day 2013

Firstly I’d like to mention the Family Fun Day which will be held on Saturday 29th June. I know this feels like a long way off just now but we’ve got lots to get planning. One of the key things this year is to have a real community involvement in the day itself . If you lead a community group in Poynton and would like to help out with this year’s event, or just be part of the day, please contact me for further details about when we’re holding meetings.

Activities for Young People

Other projects I’m supporting are specifically targeting our young people in Poynton, I’d like to hear from you, what would you like to do? Would you enjoy film nights, gaming nights? Also are you aware that The Connect team – who are out in Poynton every Friday night – have been able to access the room above Asda?  So why not night head up there from 9:30pm every Friday and see what’s going on. If you’re on Twitter you can contact the Connect Team at @connect_poynton and find out more.

Poynton Bike Scheme

As the weather starts to get better (fingers crossed) you’ll hopefully be out and about more on your bikes, so we’re holding another bike marking event on Saturday 23rd February. PCSO Chris Luke and I will be outside Natwest 12:00 – 15:00. If you’d like more info about bike marking please contact me.

Changes to CRB

With a new year often comes changes to policies and I’ve just come back from training all about DBS – What is that you might ask yourself –well it’s a term you’ll become familiar with if you work with Children and Young People or adults in vulnerable situations and it’s the new term for CRB checks. DBS stands for disclosure and barring service and the primary role is ‘to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. A comprehensive guide can be found on the .gov website  but if anyone has any queries and would like to find out more please contact me.

If this has made you think you’d like to re-fresh your safeguarding knowledge or you’re yet to have training Youth Federation are offering FREE Child Protection training on Monday 25th Feb in Northwich. Please contact me if you’d like some more info about this or go to their website to find out more.

Children’s Centre offer English Classes.

english course 2Learn how to:

use grammar and punctuation to aid understanding when writing.

Learn how to write clear, correct sentences and paragraphs about your own life in the past, present and future.

use punctuation to aid understanding.

You will learn how to write sentences that are punctuated so that the meaning is clear.  This includes the use of full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and the correct use of capital letters.

You could demonstrate these skills by writing a letter to someone you don’t know.

use strategies/rules to help you to spell words used most often in daily life.

You will learn how to use a variety of spelling strategies/rules to help you to spell correctly key words relating to routines, leisure and study.

If you’re over 18 and interested in this course please contact the Children’s Centre for more details.

New Year – Healthy Eating

Is your new year healthy eating resolution starting to dwindle? If so and you’d like to give it  a boost I have a number of Change 4 Life fliers/booklets that give details of tasty yet healthy meals and snacks. Pop into the Civic Centre if you’d like to collect one.

Activities Over Half Term

Cheshire East Leisure Development team have plans across Cheshire East this half term. See the poster below for more details or check out the  Active Holidays section of their website.

LeisureDev_ActiveHolidays_FebHTPoster

Also don’t forget to check out the What’s On page where you’ll see details of local clubs and classes for young people.  Including new regular singing and drama classes at Poynton Community Centre with HK theatre arts.

International Women’s Day

A final note is that on Friday 8th March it is International Women’s Day so to celebrate this and the women of Poynton a coffee morning is being held at Whetherspoons 10:00 – 11:30 to raise money for Oxfam who support women in poverty all over the world. If you can attend we’d love to see you. If you work or are at school and aren’t able to make it there are lots of other events happening across Cheshire and Great Manchester, have a look at the International Women’s Day website. Or if you’d like to hold your own event for International Women’s Day then let me know and I can help promote it.

Thanks for reading, and remember if you’ve got anything you’d like me to include or promote in my blog then please contact me.

Best wishes,

Erica

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