Give a Gift Campaign

This year St Albans and Dorothy Parkes Centre worked in partnership on a local initiative “Give a Gift”.  This campaign was to collect gifts for children who would be spending Christmas in hospital and gifts for older people who would not otherwise receive anything.

We were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who donated to us, but most especially a massive thank you to Shireland Hall Primary who collected approx 100 gifts. This was an amazing effort and we hope they understand what it means to us all.

The gifts collected for children were sorted into age appropriate categories, then wrapped, labelled and delivered to Sandwell Hospital and City Hospitals to be given out on the Paediatric wards.

The gifts for older people were given to a local group who provide Christmas dinner for those who have no family and the remainder were passed to the hospitals for distribution on their older persons wards for those remaining in hospital over the festive period.

Alan – St Albans Volunteer of the Year

The Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.

Every year staff are asked to nominate the volunteer they felt contributed significantly to the centre to receive the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees are current volunteers of the centre. Staff voted and the unanimous winner was Alan Fereday.

Alan has been with St Albans for over 10 years and in this time has covered many volunteer roles including driving our minibus.

He has become an integral part of our team and we genuinely would struggle to cope with the Outmeal deliveries without him. Alan volunteers 5 days per week in the centre delivering over 50 meals per week to housebound clients.

Pete Ryan and our Chair, Robert Evetts presented the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award to Alan for his commitment and dedication to St Albans.

There were many more awards presented to the volunteers that evening and the St Albans staff and supporters had a great evening. With a buffet made up of a range of sandwiches, chicken or vegetarian curry, rice, naan bread and samosa. The evening was a great success, there was lots of eating, dancing and fun.

Gill Scarrow – Befriending Volunteer of the Year

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.
Every year the befriending team are asked to nominate their Befriending Volunteer of the Year. This year they nominated Gill Scarrow.
Gill has volunteered with the Befriending team since March 2014, and during this time she has visited many clients for us.
Gill currently visits 4 clients a week. She often takes them out for breakfast or lunch, goes out walking with them, takes them to medical appointments, takes them to church etc. All of which is above and beyond the remit of a befriending volunteer. We are proud to have her as a volunteer for the Our Friend is Your Friend Project.

The Challenge – National Citizen Service

The Challenge - visual display 2017

The Challenge – visual display 2017

Throughout the year our Lunch Club have been working with The Challenge – National Citizen Service (NCS) to provide a number of activities for our clients.

NCS participants are young people aged between 16 – 18, and generally come in groups of approximately 10 young people and The Challenge staff.

As part of ‘The Challenge’ they partner up with a local community organisation such as St Albans. The young people come out and spend some time getting to know the clients and do a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, nail painting etc.

They then go out into public places such as shopping centres, promote our services and fundraise on our behalf. Having completed this they then return to the centre with resources purchased out of the funds they have raised and undertake more activities with the clients. Any remaining funding is then donated to the centre to date we have received in the region of £400.00 in donations.

In the most recent activity the young people interviewed the clients on camera, asked them about their life experiences and in particular what they were doing when they were 16 years old. This information was compiled into a video and a visual display.

The young people also put on a showcase which they present to other groups and use a variety of different modes to deliver their experiences including media, song and dance. They talk about their perceptions before meeting the elderly clients and how these have changed since they have been working with the clients. They also promote the benefits of volunteering in the community.

The Challenge are keen to come back and work with us again this year and we will be happy to have them back, the clients really enjoy having the young people and you can see the vibrant atmosphere in the dining room when they are here.

2016 Joint Volunteer Awards

Elaine Barnes receives award

Elaine Barnes receives award

On Saturday 5th November 2016, St Albans Community Association and Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell (BUDS) held a joint volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.

Every year staff are asked to nominate the volunteer they felt contributed significantly to the centre to receive the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees are current volunteers of the centre. Staff voted and the unanimous winner was Elaine Barnes.

Elaine initially came to us as a client on the JCP provision we were offering and quickly began volunteering with us on that project. Once that project had finished Elaine began volunteering with us on the Our Friend is Your Friend Befriending project, she has now been with us for nearly two years.

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The Friendship Club Planned Activities : 2017

Trip to Coronation Street

Trip to Coronation Street

Working closely with St Albans Luncheon Club, The Friendship Club aim to alleviate loneliness and isolation and encourage participation in the activities we provide.

The Friendship Club continues to grow from strength to strength. We have held several theme days and trips over the past two years including beach parties, trips to Cadbury World, West Midlands Safari Park and Weston Super Mare.

Here are our current activities to December 2017.

If you want to find out more or book to attend any activities, you can contact the Admin Team.

19 January 2017 Chinese New Year
26 January 2017 Pantomime Trip
16 February 2017 Brazilian Valentines Party
16 March 2017 St Patricks Day
13 April 2017 Easter Party
11 May 2017 Holi Celebration
25 May 2017 Trip to Black Country Living Museum
15 June 2017 Queen’s  Birthday Celebration
22 June 2017 Trip to The Valley, Evesham
13 July 2017 French Day
27 July 2017 Trip to Llandudno
24 August 2017 Trip to Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquaria
21 September 2017 St Albans Birthday Party
12 October 2017 German Day
19 October 2017 Trip to Birmingham Back to Backs
9 November 2017 Remembrance Day
12 December 2017 Christmas Party

Kings Head charity fundraising pub quiz

UK Sterling Money - Image Credit Serge Bertasius Photography at www.FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe King’s Head Pub in Hagley Road Birmingham, is helping us raise money for St Albans Community Association.

Come and take part:
7.30pm on Sunday 27 March 2016.

A quiz like no other, it’s impossible to cheat and you can play directly from your smart-phone! (Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds!)

Also there’s a limited amount of smart-phones that can be provided if you don’t have one, so let us know and we’ll register you for one! £3.00 entry per person!

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2015 Joint Volunteer Awards

2015 Joint Volunteer AwardsOn Saturday 5th December 2015, St Albans Community Association and Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell (BUDS) held a joint volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.

Every year staff are asked to nominate the volunteer they felt contributed significantly to the centre to receive the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees are current volunteers of the centre. Staff voted and the unanimous winner was Humairaa Khalid.

Humairaa started at St Albans Pre School in September 2012 as a student. Since then Humairaa has continued to volunteer at St Albans Preschool on an average of 30 hours per week. She has become much loved by the staff and children alike.

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