September Newsletter

Newsletter – Sept 2015

We had no speakers at our September meeting due to Sue Molyneux and Pam Batey from Halton Disability being unable to attend, so we had a general catch up and a quiz.

Please note our next meeting is not the last Monday of the month as normal, due to half term we will be meeting on Monday 19th October, we will have Gary Clelland coming to talk to us about the New Care Act

Funding – We are have been awarded £500 from John Moores to cover our running costs for the group, they normally only give funding for 3 years, though they have granted us this funding in our 4th year, on the understanding we do not apply for another 2 years. We are also receiving £352.00 from CCG for funding for promotional materials, this will help us at events. Web Ivory catalogues have been given out at the Ring O Bells, I am raising an order today, the next order will be end October, therefore if you require anything from the catalogue please bring to the next meeting, this is a way of fund raising, as HALDS receive 25% back from sales.

ALD Forum, Carers Centre – 28th October, the Halton Carers Centre are holding an Adults with Learning Disability Forum at the Stobart Stadium, this is not to be missed, speakers being invited are Hugh Jones Solicitor about Wills & Trust funds, Lisa Birtle-Smith talking about friendships & Relationships, Annette French from Alzheimers Society talking about Dementia in ALDS, Laura – her story and also Andrea Holland talking about Direct Payments. Please try and attend this event, the times will be registration from 10am to 3pm or whenever you are able to make it.

There will be stalls which will be interesting and providing information about your caring role and lunch will be provided. You do not need an invite from Halton Carers Centre for this event, so even if you live outside the borough you are still able to attend this event.

This event is being organised by HALDS/Halton Speak Out and Halton Carers Centre and HALDS are looking for volunteers to help on the day on their stall. We will be having a stall to advertise our group, we will be showing our new promotional material so watch this space. At present I only have 1 volunteer to present HALDS stall, if you would be able to give a few hours, please let me know, as I need to order T-shirts for you for the day.

Visit to Dunham Massey/Stamford Military Hospital, Monday 12th October – We will be leaving Runcorn Old Town bus station at 9.15 am, Widnes members please allow plenty of time to get over the Runcorn Bridge, will be leaving to come home 3pmish, National Trust members, please remember to bring along your National Trust cards

Theatre Shows – All the theatre shows are now booked, I am unable to take any more bookings, as all tickets are paid for and received.

  • Jersey Boys – Manchester Opera House – Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 7.30 performance – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm
  • Mary Poppins – Manchester Palace Theatre – Wed 24th Feb 2016 at 7.30pm, coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm  
  • Mamma Mia – Manchester Palace Theatre – Tues 17th May 2016 at 7.30pm coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm  

Pontysyllte Aqueduct Mulled Wine Cruise, Llangollen – Sun 6th Dec – We are having a Christmas cruise followed by a Christmas meal, it is a 2 hour cruise along the aqueduct with mulled wine and mine pies, Christmas music and santa, followed by a Christmas Meal at the Bryn Howel Hotel, Llangollen. I will have menus at the next meeting for members attending to select their choice of menu. Cost is £5 for HALDS members and their cared for, Non members will be £12.50 plus cost of their meal- Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12 noon and Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 12.15.

Christmas Fair – Monday 23rd November, in place of the meeting on Monday 30th November,we are going to be holding our Christmas Fair on 23rd November, I am collecting raffle prizes and tombola goodies for this event, please bring along friends and family to this event.   If you know anyone who would like a stall at this event, please let me know

HALDS Christmas Party – Friday 11th December at Mencap Acorn Centre – all invited, please bring your own supper and drinks. Entertainment will be by our very own Adam Stringer as DJ

Elgin Hotel, Blackpool – £98 per person 29th January – 2 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast and Sunday Lunch – Fancy a weekend away in Blackpool to get over the Christmas festivities. As there is now only 23 of us going to the Elgin, we will be unable to have our own entertainment room, therefore we will not be having any theme evenings, we will be joining other guests at the hotel for the hotels entertainment.  

Monday 11th January – Trip to Rivendell Garden Centre, Widnes and lunch at Trigger Pond, Warrington – more details at a later date 

HALDS Birthday Party – Friday 26th February at the Beechwood Centre, Runcorn. This will be to celebrate HALDS 6th Birthday and also be a funding raising event.   Tickets will be on sale from October. Please try and support this dance by selling tickets to friends and family, as without these events HALDS will run out of funding.

The Esplanade Hotel April 15th 2016 –  Full cost for the weekend would be £175 per person for 3 nights plus transport and £140 for 2 nights which includes dinner, bed & breakfast and evening entertainment. We have £5k towards this weekend away, Cost per head will be depend on how many people want to attend. Please let me know by end October if you want to attend this weekend away, to enable me to let members know the final price to pay, I will be asking for £50 per person deposit to be paid by the October meeting.

Belle Vue Dog Racing – We are looking at going to the Dog racing at Belle Vue in May 2016, it will be a Friday evening, more details to follow, please let me know if you are interested in attending.

Narrowboat day trip – I am looking into a day trip on a narrowboat in June , further details at a later day

HALDS were awarded £352 from CCG for promotional materials so we will be purchasing a Roll Up Poster, display boards, leaflets and T-shirts for members who will be looking after our stalls at events

Lunches at meetings: To save funds we cancelled the lunches at the meetings, but at our last meeting in September, I tried Greggs, I purchased trays of sandwiches, cakes and pies etc. which was a huge success, so future meetings we will be having lunches provided by Greggs, this worked out half the cost of catering. Jan also volunteered to provide teas and coffees, which again was a success, I would like to say many thanks to Jan for your help 

Committee meeting – I am waiting for the new carers centre to re-open back in Church Street, they will have meeting rooms, I will then arrange a Committee meeting to discuss speakers for 2016.