“Every child deserves the best care and support till the very end and every child’s parents deserve the same”
OUR WORK WITH FAMILIES IN NEED
2017 is all about increasing our support to children and families and one of the best examples of the provision is our ‘Coffee Connect’ mornings. The sessions take place on the last Friday of each month in term time for parents and carers of poorly children to come together and connect, support, chat and share hints and ideas. Delivered from our relaxed and welcoming Lodge on a drop in basis so there is no pressure to attend (loving and caring for a poorly child can be very unpredictable) the mornings are invaluable to families to reduce feelings of isolation, make new friends on a similar journey and realise they are not alone.
To help raise awareness of the support we provide we held our first ever ‘Professional Open Day’ at the Retreat in April. The purpose of the day was to extend an open invitation to GP surgeries, schools, community nurses, medical & social care teams and other charities (in fact anyone who works with poorly children or bereaved families), to visit and see all that we do and understand our vision for the future. It was a fantastic day and many new relationships were formed including two very special ladies who went on to share some key documentation, data and valuable knowledge that will help us in our quest to progress. Most importantly it means there are more health care professionals who now know of our work and can recommend us to families in need now and in the future.
Our little team has now supported 442 adults & children from 239 families but sadness is never far from our door and we receive new referrals for support every week. If you know of anyone that may need our help, please ask them to get in touch on 01457 680 023, firstname.lastname@example.org or share with them our website details, Facebook page, local newspaper columns or postal address.
RENOVATING OUR RETREAT
On the April 23rd 2017 we celebrated the 3rd anniversary of purchasing the charity’s forever home thanks to the pennies and pounds donated by our dedicated supporters. To commemorate the milestone we organised our first ever Reuben’s Retreat run, a lovely 5k route in Manor Park, Glossop, followed by refreshments at The Lodge.
Thank you to everyone who ran and joined the celebrations including our friend, ambassador and boxing champion Stacey Copeland who helped promote the day.
In the 3 years since we bought the Retreat we have completed Phases 1, 2 and 3 as well preparatory works for Phases 4, 5 and 6. Our next big challenge is to raise the funds needed to renovate the space and install a Hydrotherapy Pool and changing suite, our first physically therapeutic resource for complexly poorly children. From there we’ll progress along the wing to our state of the art Day-care section which will have sensory, music and arts & craft zones.
As the designs for the Hydrotherapy and Day-care centre evolve it’s vital that every consideration is given to the complex needs of the poorly children as it needs to be fit for purpose for decades to come. As such we have consulted with families over recent months for their views on our plans because we don’t just want to build a good or adequate facility, we want it to truly be the best for these children and their loved ones, as one of our beneficiaries affirmed “every child deserves the best care and support till the very end and every child’s parents deserve the same”. Last month Nicola, Sally Anne and our Trustee Robert also visited a fantastic children’s hospice facility in Sheffield for the same principle. The meeting was a great opportunity to share our work with the hospice team as well as get their feedback on what families need as it is our hope that we can work collaboratively with them and other organisations to maximise the positive impact on families. The hospice received us wholeheartedly, shared lots of useful information and highlighted within minutes three families that could be helped greatly by our services.
FUNDRAISING AND SUPPORTERS
This year we will run more in-house events than ever before, from comedy nights to our annual ball and festive grottos. These events raise essential unrestricted funds and, with such a small team, the renovations to the Retreat and our support programmes for families, we’re only able to do them thanks to very special volunteers and supporters. Right now we’re focusing on preparations for our much anticipated 1940’s Swing Afternoon Tea in July which is going to be truly fabulous (and a great excuse to buy a glamorous new frock!). So if you’d like tickets please don’t delay and visit our webshop or call the office today on 01457 680 023.
A big thank you to Saddleworth Male Voice Choir who have generously supported for the last 12 months and helped to make our April Afternoon Tea another success. It’s been a pleasure working with them and together we’ve raised in excess of £4,000. We are also forever grateful to Andy Williams from Williams Deli for donating the buffet for the April tea, for his continued support of our magazine and for branding their vans in support of Reuben’s Retreat.
Since our last update we delivered our first ‘Worry Wizard Workshop’, an amazing fundraiser that also brings beautiful benefits to those who attend. The primary goal of The Worry Wizard® is to help children, young people and those who care for them to develop tools to manage worries before they become more significant issues that affects their wellbeing. Written by an accredited counsellor, all The Worry Wizard materials creatively incorporate proven therapeutic techniques that help support a child or young person’s wellbeing, develop their tools to help to manage their worries and build a positive sense of self. The Worry Wizard Wellbeing Workshop is a creative way for children, and the adults who care for them, to develop an active relationship with their wellbeing. We’re delighted to confirm another introductory session has been scheduled for October plus a follow-on session for previous attendees.
Details of all our upcoming events including this year’s Across the Bay Walk, from Arnside to Grange Over Sands with the “Queen’s Official Guide to the Sands” Cedric Robinson MBE, can be found on Facebook.
Sending love and thanks to each incredible supporter and volunteer of Reuben’s journey, including:
Queens Arms Glossop, the Freemasons Kershaw Lodge, Dukinfield Ladies Golf, Silver Springs Academy, everyone at the Geordie Ball, Ashton Ladies Golf Club, Shape Yourself classes, Strategic Group, Mottram Parish Church, Stockport Grammar School, Ashton Swimming Club, Stalyhill Infant School, Tesco Hadfield, Carol for her kind donation in memory of her darling daughter, Mottram Rise News, Mottram Road Stores, Tameside College, Village Greens, Williams Deli, to our Manchester marathon and London marathon runners, to Puddleducks, Esure, Padfield Congregational Church children, Sorriso Restaurant Glossop, One Stop Plumbing and Rendezvous Cafe. Thanks to Sainsbury’s Ashton and our volunteer bag packers, St Christopher’s Church, the wonderful ladies of Soroptomists Audenshaw, the volunteers and Jewish theatre company collecting at Middleton, Kieron Crossan and KO Promotions, The Millennium Cellar, the ladies at Glossop Slimming World and all who donated to our Easter crafting day, Ernst and Young, the FA and Stalybridge Celtic, the Seraphina Coffee Shop, DSS sports and social, Glossop Baths, the Village Hotel and Crown Oil.
Special thanks to everyone that donates to Reuben’s Retreat online and those that give sponsorship, and to all the businesses that hold our charity pots – we are truly grateful.
Sunday 28th May Great Manchester Run for children (Sportcity, Manchester)
Sunday 28th May Great Manchester Run for adults (Manchester City Centre)
Sunday 11th June Teddy Bears picnic (Howard Park, Glossop)
Thursday 6th July Vintage Swing Tea Dance (Village Hotel, Ashton-under-lyne)
Saturday 29th July Across the Bay Walk (Arnside)