August Newsletter

The speakers at Julys meeting where Gail & Colette from Inspire who introduced us to their Inspire Project.  The aims of the project is to delivery training and employment prospects to adults with learning difficulties. The venue would be Waterloo Road, Widnes You can self refer to the project by telephoning 0151 422 0111 or e-mail  More details can be found on the website  Your cared for can attend from half day to a full week, and can be funded by direct payments. Or via Personal Budget.  (We covered Personal Budgets many years ago, if you want, I can get Mal Hampson from Halton Speak Out to come again and talk to us about Personal Budgets).  They will cover Foundation skills i.e. Work skills,   Vocational skills i.e. Creative techniques, photograpy, art & design etc. and Life Skills i.e. cooking/home skills.  They are having an open day in September, date to be confirmed.


Funding – I have not applied for any funding for a few months, but will start my searching again for funding for the group


 Sponsored walk – Sharon & Danny are doing a sponsored walk for HALDS on Sat 7th September from Widnes to Frodsham, which is greatly appreciated, if you have not yet sponsored them, the sponsor forms will be at the September meeting


Don’t forget to keep filling up your slummy jars for HALDS, bring along your full jars and collect an empty one to refill. Up to know the jars have raised £143 for HALDS funds.


There will be no meeting in August and also no bowling, I apologise for those who attended the July bowling and it hadn’t been booked and was full of school children, I hadn’t even given it a thought to book, hence the reason why I took a back seat at the present, my mind was everywhere.  The bowling will re-commence on Monday 9th September and yes it is booked and our next meeting will be on Mon 30th September where our speaker will be Lorna Lucas from Cheshire Fire & Safety.


Sailing on The Danny – Monday 5th August – Steamship Experience followed by lunch at The Riverside, Action Bridge. Please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.15 and Runcon Old Town bus station at 10.25am.  The Danny will set sail at 11am from Sutton Weaver and sail to Acton Bridge, arriving at 1.30pm, where your coach will meet you to take you all to the Riverside for lunch.  No meals have been pre-ordered.   Arrival back at Runcorn 4pmish





Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140 plus coach £15 per person.  This is a 3 night stay at the hotel which includes bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus entertainment on 3 evenings.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 1.15pm and Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 1.30pm.  For people who have not paid the coach, this can be paid on the day.  We had received £750 towards our Marlborough Hotel weekend, therefore as we are now no longer going to the Marlborough at xmas, the £750 will be refunded to HALDS members attending the Marlborough weekend on Friday 20th Sept.


Liverpool Empire – Mon 14th Oct – Les Mis, Cost £20 for HALDS members, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.  – Money to be paid by end Sept – All places taken


Chatsworth House – Mon 18th Nov £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn at 9am and you will be home 7.30pmish.  This will be a full day event, on arrival at Chatsworth House, you can visit the Christmas Market and gardens, have lunch etc, we are then booked on the house tour at 3pm.


Beauty & The Beast on Ice – Sunday 15th Dec –  I have re-introduced the ice show at Blackpool it will be the ice show only, no meal beforehand and only for 1 coach of 49 people, please put you name down if interested in attending. Money to be paid by end November


Once – Liverpool Empire, Thursday 23rd Jan – I have reserved 22 places, please let me know by end Sept if you would like to attend, as I have to confirm number of seats by Oct.  Once is a musical about a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician filled with live music and a love story`


Eurodisney – 14th March 2020. If you would like to add onto the trip at any time, please let me know, Full cost is £629 for a twin room, £722 for a single room.  Cost includes 1 night in Dover with evening meal & breakfast,  4 nights at Santa Fe with breakfast and 2 day park passes,  Balance due by end Sept


Phantom of the Opera – Liverpool Empire Wed 8th April 2020, Cost £10 please let me know if you are interested in coming along to this event.


Committee members, there is a committee meeting on Monday 9th Sept at 1.15 at Laburnum Grove, where we will discuss speakers and social events.


Halton SEND is a group for parents/carers of 16 – 25 year olds they are having a forum on Thursday 19th September 12 – 2pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Club, Mayfield Ave, Widnes, WA8 8PR, it is an information update event for parents and carers on the restructuring of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) in schools and services in Halton.  The event is held in conjunction with Halton Borough Council & People too. This event is free of charge, light refreshments will be provided and a complimentary raffle.  To book a place please telephone Lynne Hall on 01928 713877 or e.mail


Sub groups – We are looking at starting up the sub groups again in September, starting with the walking group on Tues 10th Sept at 11.30am. Meet at the Spike Island car park


I am also having a coffee morning at my house, 62 Betchworth Crescent, Beechwood on 14th August at 10.30am, this is for my granddaughter Georgia who is raising funds for a volunteering trip to Kenya for 1 month in August 2020, with Camp International, she has to raise all her own funds to go. All welcome


Thank you from Liz & myself to the members who sponsored our Race for Life, we have raised over £2,300 just from Lizs gang with money still coming in.


Thank you for keeping HALDS ticking over whilst I have been absent, it is much appreciated, I would just like to wish you all a good summer break and see you all in September




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