05 November 2021
Our People ConneX regulars had a lovely time with our Together ConneX clients. Clients and volunteers from both services came together at Montrose Park in Pinner, for a game of rounders.
After that Jeremy and Michael led a group of Together ConneX clients for a walk in the local woods and Julia carried on with other pleasant ball groups for other clients and volunteers. Our clients did brilliantly at rounders and enjoyed the walk. The groups were pleased to meet new people.
James Keeler, a staff member said how nice it was to see people from the two services getting on so well.
Our client Pritesh said the event was: “a fine afternoon” and that “really enjoyed” being there.
Ricky, another client said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and meeting others.”
On Friday 15 October, the Chair of our Trustee Board Marie Louise Nolan kindly organised a beautiful Historic Walk around Abbots Langley town and the surrounding green areas.
The attending group of 14 people enjoyed experiencing the lovely village atmosphere and a beautiful ploughman’s lunch at the Hub Café in the area. After lunch, Cllr Steve Cox from Oxhey Ward gave us an entertaining speech about his life and work in the community, including that on Three Rivers Council.
On Saturday 23 October over 35 people, clients, volunteers, families, friends, and carers came together to celebrate the festival of Diwali. The event was organised by a team of 17 people from the charity Vidya Jyoti which supports people in both the UK and India.
The afternoon started with welcoming and a Getting to Know You session over tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes, tables with groups doing arts and crafts and making biscuits.
After the food, Vidya Jyoti gave a presentation about the meaning of Diwali, our staff member and volunteer Julia gave a puppet show about Diwali, and then the group danced to some Indian music.
Our client Khilan attended the event with his parents and said: “how happy he was to be part of the dancing.”
Recent People Connex Clients Darren and Robert said: “They loved having such a great Event to go to on a Saturday.”
Pamela Kaushal, the founder of Vidya Jyoti said:
“Many Thanks for allowing us to celebrate Diwali with your service users and their carers. We all received so much love from all of them. It was a very enjoyable and successful event. It is such a privilege and honour for us to work with colleagues like you who make us feel so welcome.”
A group of our clients and volunteers gathered together for a walk in Hertfordshire’s lovely green spaces. After a brief tube ride to Chorleywood, the group arrived at Christ Church in Chorleywood where they enjoyed a game of Mastermind, during which our client and volunteer Irfan shared his outstanding knowledge of 1980s music and won, before having an afternoon tea with cakes, scones and all the trimmings.
After the tea, the People ConneX team gave a presentation to the church management, who then agreed to meet with us again to discuss potentially supporting a programme of People ConneX events church in the new year, a very exciting prospect!
On 28 October, two staff took a group of five clients for a day out. The day started with a meal at St Martin’s Church Ruislip, where church staff and volunteers laid out a light lunch for our group and engaged with them. Our staff member Julia then led a varied quiz on animals and nature.
Pam, a local churchgoer said: “I am now 84 but today have learnt things I never knew. Thank you, Community ConneX.”
The group then enjoyed a lovely nature walk through plenty of green spaces to visit our friends at Haste Hill Garden Centre, Northwood Hills where Wendy welcomed us back under shelter for a lovely cup of tea and a cookie.
Finally the group took another healthy walk back to our Pinner Green Activity Centre for an hour’s worth of chair yoga with Remedi Yoga Therapy.
Our client, Tim was pleased he had managed such a long healthy walk, and enjoyed the food.
Another client, Michael said: “Wow, what a healthy varied Day.”
On Friday 29 October, at 11am after sheltering from a heavy shower, eight people left Pinner Green Activity Centre to take a scenic view through the beautiful Ruislip Woods and fields until at 1pm when they reached our now regular destination of the Water’s Edge for another popular two-course carvery lunch along with unlimited tea and coffee.
No less than 21 people joined us there. After lunch for part three of the day’s activities, everyone relaxed in an exclusive room to listen to our volunteer Janine give a talk on the UK back in 1921. This was a fascinating talk that our guests enjoyed.
David Brown, a regular Friday Volunteer and client said he really enjoyed the talk after his lunch and missed a bus to finish listening. The group were delighted, and talks ensued to regularly have history speakers in the future at our favourite Ruislip venue.
For part four of the day, the group took part in some healthy activities as Julia led some healthy outdoor ball games including tennis, rounders and football for the next hour. Everyone had a great time, and was delighted that the rain had held off for the rest of the day.
Our client Robert said he enjoyed all Activities so much and was already getting excited
about Sunday’s Halloween lunch already.
Another client, Susan Crandley said the whole day had really cheered her up and she relaxed watching the ball games.
On Halloween, Together ConneX and Care ConneX clients, parents, volunteers, and others came together at our Pinner Green activity centre for our Sunday lunch club.
Some of the guests brought a festive feel, wearing costumes and zombie face paint, while others sprayed their hair and beards in seasonal colours and tried on animal masks and a witch’s hat.
Participants also enjoyed jacket potatoes, pizza, teas, coffees, and other delights, before a variety of fun activities.
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