Mark Performing Stand UpWe just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ace Rowney Green for staging the (Fun)draising Fashion Show last night and for choosing The Lounge as their charity for the event. It was a really fun evening
Thank you to all those who attended & in turn supported The Lounge and a special shout out to our very own Mark Newberry for standing up in front of all those ladies and giving a valuable insight into what our charity is about!

help wanted 300x200Looking for a way to help The Lounge, but can’t commit regularly?
We are looking for some specific skills to help us
*A solicitor to help with finalising the new lease arrangements?
*A marketing expert to help us to grow the Lounge and reach a wider audience
*An interior design expert, or even an enthusiastic volunteer, to help us with the forthcoming redecoration and design?
If any of these, sound like you, and you would be willing to help us, please get in touch either through our Facebook page, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or pop into the Lounge and let us know.
We would be very grateful to hear from you.

A public thank you from TheLounge....

In our first management meeting of 2018 we reflected on the latest funding support the Lounge has received – and it is truly overwhelming.

We wanted to say a public thank-you to the generous support we recently received from:

· Alvechurch Women’s Institute
· Kings Norton Rhinos
· R.M.B Services
· The Baptist Church and its members
· The Alvechurch Community Choir
· Alvechurch Tree Care & Landscaping Ltd

The money will be used primarily for youth work; to buy resources and fund a programme of visits and activities during 2018. We also have a forward programme of interior refurbishment to undertake, alongside exterior improvements in February.

This funding is all in addition to the amazing volunteers, the generous lottery participants, and other kind organisations and people who give us ongoing support.

On behalf of the Lounge, the Trustees are truly grateful for all the assistance received – and we hope our supporters get the recognition they deserve.

Lounge lottery Ball 250pxNovember 2017 Lottery Results:

1st Place - Sam Lewis
2nd Place - Liz Dustan
3rd Place - Lyn Roberts

Thanks to everyone who took part in the lottery. For more information on how to participate, please send us a message or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merry ChristmasWe are open for much of the Christmas period, so please see below for our revised opening hours.

Tuesday 19th - 9am to 3pm

Wednesday 20th - 9am to 3pm

Thursday 21st - 9am to 3pm

Friday 22nd - 9am to 3pm

Saturday 23rd 9am to 2pm

Sunday 24th  - Closed

Monday 25th  - Closed

Tuesday 26th  - Closed

Wednesday 27th - 9am to 3pm

Thursday 28th - 9am to 3pm

Friday 29th - 9am to 3pm

Saturday 30th  - 9am to 2pm

Sunday 31st - Closed

Monday 1st - Closed

Tuesday 2nd - 9am to 3pm

Wednesday 3rd - 9am to 3pm

Thursday 4th - 9am to 3pm

Friday 5th - 9am to 3pm

Saturday 6th - 9am to 3pm

 

Wishing all our customers a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you over the festive season 

Online Survey Icon.svgAlvechurch Communities Together is the local charity that is behind The Lounge, in the heart of Alvechurch Village.

Our charity is planning to offer new services and activities for people of all ages living in Alvechurch and the surrounding villages.

We are running a survey that will help us find out what are the needs and interests of the members of the community and is completely anonymous.

The results will be published early 2018. If you are willing to take part, please click the link below and fill out the short questionnaire.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/892K33Z

 

Thanks in advance for your time in helping us deliver a even better service to everyone.

 

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A call out to all Co-Op Members, if you haven’t already chosen a local charity to support please consider The Lounge. 
It really is super easy to do via your Co-Op members account as the short video shows. 
Funding ends on 11th November and the monies raised will make a massive difference to us. 
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who is already supporting us and to the Co-Op

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-BxkjdYcV8&sns=fb

Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge youth project and cafe in Alvechurch, explains how villagers can help out.

Youth Club with Police Officer

After the crisis meeting over the future of The Lounge some 18 months ago, we want to keep the village up to date with our activities, and particularly to explain how others could get involved and ensure it has a bright future.

There has been plenty going on: over the summer, young people have planned and been on trips to Ragley Hall, Drayton Manor theme park and the cinema in Redditch.

There have been sessions on money management to promote financial awareness and, as ever, a busy schedule of after-school youth activities.

We are planning three other special events during the autumn session that the young people have requested.

We are proud to report that a large number of young people take part in youth activities, and numbers keep steadily increasing. But resources are stretched – and to keep on delivering activities in a fun and engaging way we need more volunteers to help at youth club evenings.

You will have seen some works going on to improve the shopping precinct where we are based, and in the very near future the landlords will be working on the frontages.

While this gives us a chance to rethink the layout, there will be an inevitable increase in costs that we will need to pay for.

So how can you help The Lounge?

* Be part of an awesome team! Currently there is great pressure on a very small number of volunteers who are keeping the management, youth and café services going. We are keen to hear from people who wish to do the following:

* Be a Trustee: ensure the health and growth of the Lounge!

* Be on the Management Committee: offer your expertise in finance, interior design, digital media, marketing.

* Be a youth volunteer: support young people who come down in the evenings to socialise and have fun in a safe environment

* Volunteer in the café: Meet new friends, tidy the kitchen and learn how to make great coffee!

If you think that you might be able to support us, here are a few questions that usually come up:

How much time do I need to put into volunteering?

It varies from sparing a few hours occasionally, to three to four hours a week for some roles. Some roles are on a “rota” basis, so don’t require a weekly commitment.

Most of our current volunteers have other commitments such as caring or full-time work.

Do I need to be CRB checked? 

No – all our youth leaders are, but it’s not necessary for volunteering.

Can I volunteer as part of my DofE activity? 

Yes, we have had great support in the past on the youth work and we would like to expand this to cover such things as digital media. 

If you think that you can help us maintain The Lounge for the future, and could volunteer, you can either pop into The Lounge, visit our Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., where we would be more than happy to talk and ensure that The Lounge has a bright future.

 

Republished with kind permission of the Village Magazine

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