• Posted on March 27, 2018 4:51 pm
    Dean Mortlock
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    Young? Bored? Katherine Clarke explains how a club at the Red Brick Building could be just what you’re looking for… The Red Brick Building Youth Club was established in 2013. The club is run with Mendip YMCA and sponsored by The Glastonbury Town Council and Somerset County Council. The club is open from 6.30 to 9pm on a Friday evening during term time, and is in the first-floor studio at the Red Brick Building. The club is fully accessible via a newly fitted lift and has a hearing loop. It is open to 11 to 19 year olds, costs just 50p a time, and is run by three youth workers. The club attracts between 20-30 members each week, and we still have room for more. The club is centred around the needs and interests of its members. They are involved in every aspect of the club’s operation, including planning termly programmes of activities – and in some cases leading the activities themselves. They are actively involved in member and staff recruitment, mentoring new members to help them settle in, event planning and are always asked to contribute to any key decisions.  Fun activities Activities are always fun and engaging, and are often linked to an issue that has been raised by members – for example, we have used green screen movie-making to explore and discuss bullying, or use interesting craft activities to raise a greater awareness of mental health and the support available. Whatever the topic, we always make it fun, and the members are brilliant at coming up with inspiring suggestions which keeps it interesting for the youth workers, too. In addition to the planned activities we have a wide range of equipment that members can use, such as table tennis, air hockey, foosball, Nintendo Wii, board games and arts and crafts. This is to ensure there is something to capture everyone’s interest. Our members say they really enjoy coming to the club because it is a fun, safe and welcoming space that they feel they can call their own, socialise with their friends and get support if they need it. For more information, head here.

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  • Posted on March 27, 2018 3:59 pm
    Dean Mortlock
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    Imagine a charity that’s run a little like the TV show Dragons’ Den, but with Wells SOUP everyone’s a winner… SOUP is a powerful tool to start conversations, enjoy yourself and improve where you live. Wells SOUP is the city’s micro granting lunch which launched with great success in Seager Hall on Union Street in April 2016. Every three months it raises £700 and profile for local charities and good causes, as well as providing an opportunity to make new contacts. It is organised by the Wells Independents, a non-political party group of volunteers. The next Wells SOUP will take place in the same venue from 1-2pm on Saturday, April 14. People are advised to arrive by 12.45pm, as we had to turn 10 away last time as the hall was full! This is a brilliant way to help improve where we live, and Wells SOUP has already benefitted 32 local charities and good causes since it launched. How the funding is shared between the charities’ projects is decided by the audience voting. It is all about bringing people together, having fun and supporting projects that benefit the community. How SOUP works £5 gets you two choices of delicious soup, fresh bread and a vote. Drinks are also available. The money raised at the door is match-funded by a local business to reach a total of £700. At a SOUP lunch there will be four presentations on projects which could range from charities, culture, regeneration, community, social justice, social enterprise, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea – with no PowerPoint presentations or other technology allowed, but passion is welcome. Audience members can ask each presenter up to four questions after their presentation. The audience then vote on what project they think will benefit the Wells area the most. Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins half the £700 raised. The runners-up get equal shares of the other half, so all four get something. Winners then come back to the next SOUP lunch to share what their project has achieved and the impact it has had. Email SOUP@wellsindependents.org if you have any queries about SOUP. And if it sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, you can apply to present at a future Wells SOUP online through their website here.

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  • Posted on January 18, 2018 12:03 pm
    Dean Mortlock
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    Want to get fitter for 2018? parkrun is a growing worldwide movement that aims to get people healthier while having fun at the same time In total there are over 1.5 million people signed up to parkrun all around the world – in 490 different locations to be exact. The first event took place in London in 2004, and that race, like every one since, was a five kilometre Time Trail around a park. The Shepton Mallet parkrun began last April, in Collett Park and is the only one within a 20-mile radius – although Street are hoping to get one set up this year. The whole ethos behind parkrun is to get people out and get them fitter. It’s very much a social occasion too, as many in the group stop off afterwards in the Collett Park Café for a coffee or hot chocolate! Edric Hobbs, one of the organisers, was a recent Believe in Somerset award winner, which is a fitting tribute to someone who puts so much effort into making the parkrun event such a success. “I think we won because parkrun is a free, inclusive event that has changed the physical and mental wellbeing of many people,” says Edric. “It has helped build a community spirit in Shepton Mallet, and also helped people make new friends in the town.” Shepton Mallet’s parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Collett Park. Anyone is welcome to join in, but they do ask that you register first – that way, you can have your time recorded to monitor your progress. For more information, head to the parkrun website here.

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  • Posted on January 17, 2018 10:18 pm
    Dean Mortlock
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    What is it? What do they do? And where do they meet? It’s time to find out more about the organisation that’s taken off in a massive way in Somerset The Men’s Shed Association started off in Australia, but quickly spread around the world. In a nutshell, it’s a way for men to meet up, have a chat, learn new skills and just socialise with other men. Most towns now have their own group, and the Heads Up charity in Wells is in the process of setting one up themselves, thanks to a grant donation from the Masonic Community Fund. They’re aiming to get it finished by the spring of 2018, and are hoping to create an environment for men to work on small projects such as furniture recycling, woodworking, etc. They are in need of tools though, so if you have anything you can donate, please do drop them a line on 01749 670667 or email them on info@headsupsomerset.org.uk. Street have been holding their own Men’s Shed group for some time. The Street Shedders are actively trying to create a genial space in Street where men can come together around practical tasks, such as woodworking, and also have a tea or coffee, meet others and have a chat. They meet at Unit 10 in The Tanyard on Tuesdays (9am-1pm) and Thursdays (12.30-4.30pm). They are now members of the Shape Mendip lottery (www.shapemendiplottery.co.uk), which raises funds for charities and organisations in the Mendip area. When you buy a ticket from their page on the Shape website, the Street Men’s Shed will get 50% and you get a chance to win up to £25,000. If you think that this might be for you thenplease come along at the times mentioned, or contact Brian Bastable on brianbastable9@aol.com for details and dates. You can also check us out on our website at www.streetmensshed.btck.co.uk. More information about Men’s Sheds in the Mendip area can be found on the Men’s Sheds Association UK website at www.menssheds.org.uk  

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