Published on: November 24, 2023
Eda Deramchia, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association
Last Friday I visited an Adult Art & Crafts Group which happens at Shoebury Youth Centre every Friday from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. It is a warm & welcoming group with people from all walks of life, different ages and experiences which makes it vastly interesting, diverse and enjoyable.
When talking to the members, one lady said she doesn’t like art but comes in every week as she loves the company of the other members, she gets to try something new and she loves the delicious food in the community cafe. Another member is a former professional artist who entertains the group with his painting skills and demonstrations, whilst sharing all his knowledge on blending colours and other useful tips. One of the mums attending said she comes for the adult conversations as she finds it so beneficial for her mental health. She attends many Mother and toddler groups throughout the week and finds this one great for giving her some time for herself.
In the room next door, there is another local community group who do woodcraft. They are currently working on Christmas ornaments/decorations and are quite happy for the Art & Craft members to decorate and vice versa. It is wonderful to see such community collaboration and to witness the interaction between different groups as they help & benefit one another.
It was a pleasant afternoon spent amongst the community and so great to see the facilities of Shoebury Youth Centre being utilised for the benefit of locals. I look forward to more & more community events in this fantastic community space and encourage others to get involved.
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Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership
An amazing initiative from Sam at the A Better Start Engagement Team at SAVS, saw the gathering for the “Dads Health Matter” event take place at Twenty One, situated opposite the Pier entrance in Southend. The event offered a dynamic experience tailored to fathers seeking to boost their well-being. This great occasion gave dads and father figures the chance to immerse themselves in a wealth of tips, tricks and information to help them maintain a good lifestyle.
The session provided entertainment from the witty comedian, John Ryan, whose humorous take added a light-hearted twist to serious conversations taking place with sector partners, who were there to show their dedication to supporting the well-being of men. One such was Andy’s Man Club, a local men’s support group, that offers a safe space for men to talk and connect.
Well-being at Garon Park was another partner at the event, knowing that mental health and physical health often work hand in hand, they showcased the array of activities available for dads to partake in both by themselves or as bonding moments with little ones. A unique part of the evening was the opportunity for men to have their blood pressure checked by Everyone Health and engage in discussions with healthcare professionals about health concerns.
As the event concluded, there was a resounding chorus of approval, with many inquiring about the possibility of future events. “Dad’s Health Matters” not only sparked important conversations about well-being but allowed those connections to be made between potential people and groups who may have otherwise not met. It was good to see such an incredible turnout, one focused on the health and happiness of dads taking centre place.
A big well done to all involved.
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