Our ConnectED Service

26 June 2017

Onside has recently been talking to service users about our ConnectED service, what they value about our support and how it helps them and their loved ones. Watch this short film to see what a difference our dedicated support makes to the lives of local people living with early onset dementia and their carers.

Huge thanks to Marcia, Helena and Alistair and Onside’s ConnectED Mentor, Vicky for giving their time and sharing their experiences.

About the service

ConnectED provides one to one support for people diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65. Our approach is entirely focused on the individual and tailoring the support provided to meet their particular needs and wishes. We have a team of highly skilled, trained and experienced mentors. Mentors are matched to a person diagnosed with young onset dementia and their family. They will take time to get to know the person, their individual needs and situation and their family and support network. They will then offer a minimum of 6 hours a month of tailored support designed to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the person through sustaining their interests/hobbies/activities and maintaining their connection to their community. There is an emphasis on empowering individuals and enabling people to focus on their assets and strengths and them as a “person” rather than as a “patient”.

What our service users say

You’re the only one who’s come here that’s done any good. Thank you.”  Carer

”This is good for me, it allows me to say the things I feel unable to say to anyone else”

“My mentor is inventive and very flexible. She gave me lots of ways to cope.”

For more information contact Frances Power on 01905 27525

The Lesley McKay Stronger Communities Award 2017

21 June 2017

The Lesley McKay Stronger Communities Award 2017

 

The Onside Lesley McKay Stronger Communities Award has been set up to recognise someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sustainable change in their community.

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination.  We have received some outstanding entries for the 2017 award with some inspirational stories and evidence of people making a real difference. 

 

We are delighted to announce the shortlist as:

 

Liz Jauncey – Breathe Easy health walks and other activities (nominated by Lara Latcham)

 

Liz runs a number of activities including:

·         ‘Breathe Easy’ health walks for her fellow residents in Droitwich, supported by Worcester University

·         A craft club to make greetings cards

·         A carpet bowls session at The Heriotts (Fortis Living)

 

 

Alistair WaughRefujuice (nominated by Gabby Hemming)

                         

Alistair initiated and managed Refujuice – a project involving Syrian refugees - to harvest surplus apples,produce, bottle, market and sell the juice.  He also works with vulnerable and young people on a number of gardening projects.

 

Geraldine Lowman - St Paul’s Creative Group (nominated by Jonathan Sutton)

                                               

Linked to St Paul’s Hostel Worcester, Gerry set up The Creative Group with a variety of activities.  The aim is to encourage engagement in community projects, rekindling ambition and rebuilding self-confidence for people who have complex lives

 

Dot Burnett - CityCare, St Pauls Church (nominated by Joyce Brown, Barbara Reeves,

Matthew Stevens, Lorna Nicholls)

 

Dot established CityCare which provides the community with a diverse range of projects including activities for babies & toddlers, primary school children  and over 55s as well as English classes, bereavement support and a café

 

 

Congratulations to our shortlisted community stars. 

 

The winner will be announced in July and the award will be presented at our annual Onside Ideas Exchange event on 13th September 2017.

 

 

 

Onside 10K Challenge

03 January 2017

The Onside £10K Challenge

Onside are launching our £10k challenge aiming to raise £10,000 in 3 months between January to March 2017 to support the work of the charity.
 
To do this we need YOUR help. Our idea is really simple.  We need 100 volunteers to raise £100 each. You can use all your creativity, imagination, inspiration and powers of persuasion to come up with your own unique fundraising idea and help us achieve our target.
 
We are raising money to enable us to continue our work with vulnerable people in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Work that is under increasing threat as funding cuts continue to impact on us.
 
With your help we can support another 10 people with learning difficulties to learn new skills in our Mix Cafe or Read and Ride bookshops. These are our innovative social enterprises helping to transform the lives of people who face disadvantage and raise money to support our other work.
 
With your help we can provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities who are not able to speak up for themselves, through our independent advocacy support.
 
With your help we can ensure that people facing injustice and without the means to get legal advice can have access to solicitors through our Access to Justice project.
 
All of this support is at risk if we cannot secure further funding and those people least able to speak up and most vulnerable will be left without access to our support.
 
Can you help? Could you join our challenge and through your efforts literally transform someone's life.
 
What could you do? So far we have bake sales, sponsored bike rides, dog walks and even sponsored New Year resolutions. Can you get your creative heads on, join friends, family or workmates or go solo, whatever works for you. It is up to you, you just need to complete the challenge between 1st January and 31st March 2017 and aim to raise £100. Of course more would be amazing!
 
We will have prizes for the top three fundraisers and the most creative idea.
These will be presented at an Onside gala event later in the year.

Some ideas and inspiration ...

Aerobics-athon To stay fit and healthy, organise an aerobics-athon or a Zumba-athon.  It’ll make you feel good about supporting us.
 
Bake off! One of the most popular fundraising events! Get your friends, colleagues, parish or group to bake cakes, pies and biscuits, and see who can produce the tastiest sponge. Sell what's left after the judges have done their tasting. You could even auction the winning entries!
 
Auction Organise your own fundraising auction of promises by auctioning off your talents: cooking a meal, car washing, gardening, flower arranging etc
 
 
Bike ride Try pedalling for Onside with a sponsored bike ride! Set up a sponsorship page through Just Giving
 
Beat the goalie Challenge your friends to a beat the goalie competition. Pay to play.
 
 
Bring and buy sale Sell donated goods on a stall. Cakes, books, home-made jam, bric-a-brac and fairtrade goods are favourites.
 
Colour theme day Bring a bit of colour into your day and raise money at the same time! Get your friends to dress in their favourite colours for a donation. Set a football, season or country theme..  Alternative is a ‘dress down’ day.

Photo competitions If you’re a budding photographer, hold a competition for interesting snaps. All entrants to pay a fee.
 
Plant sale For those with green fingers, sell your produce in a plant sale fundraising event
 
Coffee morning Organise a coffee morning – and you could combine it with a ‘bring and buy’ sale.
 
Film night Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favourite type of film!
 
Fashion show Put your creative talents to the test and organise a fashion show – why not use recycled clothes and make it an eco-show? Invite the wider community to see your fabulous designs - don’t forget to charge an entry fee.
 
Face painting competition Put your artistic talents to good use and paint people’s faces. You could have a themed face painting day such as animals or characters from a book. Charge for your works of face painting art.
 
Fun run A really popular fundraising idea - dust off your running shoes, add a green tutu and run for fun. Alternatively a marathon or half marathon will raise lots of cash.
 
Guess who the baby is (from photos) Do a twist on the classic baby photo game by collecting some baby photos of famous celebrities and charging your friends to guess who they are. 
 
Give it up!  Get sponsored to go without something. Give up speaking for a day, computer games for a week, chocolate or alcohol for a month. 

 

We would love you to join our challenge and we can't wait to hear from you with your idea and pledge. Our lovely Lisa will take your details and register you.
Email her at lisa.young@onside-advocacy.org.uk
 
Your support would mean so much to us but more importantly it could mean the world to someone facing difficulties and in desperate need of support.
 
Thank you so much.

Onside Office Christmas Opening Hours

20 December 2016

Onside Office Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23 December 10am – 2pm

Closed Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December2016

Wednesday 28 December 10am - 4pm

Thursday 29 December 10am - 4pm

Friday 30 December 10am – 4pm

Closed Monday 2 January 2017

Tuesday 3 January normal office hours resume.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Onside’s Swap & Share scheme

15 November 2016

What a difference a day makes! 

On 02/11/2016 our Swap and Share Timebank project enlisted the support of Lloyds Bank Worcester Commercial Team and Timebank members to make over the entrance to Worcester Community Trust Building Blocks workshop.

WCT Building Blocks are a member of Onside’s Swap & Share scheme and put in a request to have the entrance to their popular workshop made more attractive and welcoming for visitors.  The plot is overlooked by Oasis Warndon satellite children's centre and the children love watching the resident squirrels feeding from their left overs. The make over means they will not only have a better view but also a safe space to ride their scooters!

The team spent the day pruning back the hedge row and trees, sprucing up the existing planters, planting donated plants, clearing, organising the building materials and generally tidying up.

The day was a great success and was attended by the Major of Worcester Cllr Paul Denham and his Wife Cllr Lynne Denham.

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/14844794.Area_revamped_as_part_of_charity_project/#