April Newsletter

At todays meeting I brought up about the future of HALDS, it has been slow to re-start after COVID and a lot of members are still not attending meetings or social events.  I understand some people are still being very careful and are hesitant to mix with other people, also some members circumstances have changed over the past 2 years, myself included, my caring role has changed, mum is no longer with us and Andrew is in independent living.  I also feel we have covered many subjects to do with our caring roles over the past 12 years since HALDS started.

I don’t want to finish HALDS altogether, we have all got a lot out of the group, had some great times and many friendships have been formed.

It was agreed that we will in the future hold quarterly meetings which will be held in a pub or another type of eating place, we can share any new information we have and also have a catch up.  We will be having a football card in place of a raffle at these meetings.

I will send out a newsletter a few weeks before our meetings, advising of where we are meeting and also advise choice of menu for that day. 

Dates of our meetings for 2022 are as follows:

            Wed 20th July at 12 noon (venue to be advised)

            Wed 19th October 12 noon (venue to be advised)

Our walking group will still carry on, each Monday (except for bowling Monday (2nd Monday of the month), next walking group will be Monday 16th May meet at Runcorn Hills by the café.

Our bowling will still also be taking place, the 2nd Monday of each month, except school holidays.  Next bowling will be Monday 9th May, meet 10am at Bowling in Widnes

Social events will still be taking place, to keep you updated I will also be keeping our website up to date www.halds.org.  Also information on walks, bowling etc will be on our Whats App group.  Any trips that need to be paid for, can be paid directly into HALDS bank account, details as follows:

NatWest Bank

Account Name – HALDS Halton Adults with learning disability support

Account Number – 15610993

Sort Code 60-18-06

Then please message me advising of amount paid, your name and trip paid for

I will still be at the end of the phone, if you have a problem.  I can sign post you to where you could get help, also if you wanted to attend monthly meetings, Halton Carers Centre hold coffee mornings in both Widnes and Runcorn, Glenis hosts these meetings and is hoping to start having speakers attending to enable carers to obtain information  

  • Funding

Our Easter Bingo raised £468 towards our funds and we have also been awarded funding from Arnold Clark of £1,000

  • Social Events :   

Leigh Garden Centre & Barn Owl – 27th April – This is now booked, no transport booked due  to only 10 people attending, meeting for the meal at 12 noon, but will visit Leigh Garden Centre in the morning  

Bowling – 4th May – this is now booked and paid for (16 people) please meet at Bowling, Widnes at 6.20pm, any money paid will be refunded to enable you to purchase refreshments.

 Royal Court Variety Lunch – 25th May – all seats taken, if you could please let me have your monies, we can also discuss what times you want to go!!!  

Llanfairtalhaiarn– Countryside walk 28th May – Country walk in North Wales, bring a picnic.  Please let me know if interested

Ormskirk market – Thurs 23rd June  – Cost £10 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 10am, pick up Widnes Stobart Stadium 10.10am – Home 3.30/4pmish

West Midlands Safari Park –  Sat 9th July – Cost £20 – Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9am – Home 7pmish

If you are interested in any of the above, please put your name down, this will enable me to book the correct size coach required

Take care