The ladies from the regular Knit and Natter afternoons have been busy beavering away making some wonderful creations to help fund the youth work at The Lounge. Between the 22nd and the 29th of November you will be able to buy tickets for the raffle along with many items the group has made with the final draw being performed by TV and Radio presenter Joanne Malin at the Lounge on the 29th.
If you are interested in Joining the Knit And Natter group, they are always open to new participants, regardless of ability. The group runs on alternate Mondays, the next two being the 10th of November and the 24th of November
Dean Morgan our new Lead Youth Worker has now been appointed. Dean has extensive experience in providing support and guidance to young people, dealing with contemporary issues such as gang culture, bullying, bereavement, unemployment, etc. Some excellent examples of Dean’s previous youth work include alternative education projects, performing arts projects and creative media projects (music, short films, Web design & social media) and sports programmes.
Sally Meredith from Alvechurch Communities Together (ACT), the charity behind The Lounge and its youth work commented: “We are really thrilled to have appointed someone with as much experience and creative ability to work with the young people of our Parish. Dean, a BSc (honours) graduate, is an extremely experienced youth worker with over 22 years experience of working with young people in a variety of settings including centre based projects, residential projects and holiday programmes.
Dean outlined his aims for the new role “I am absolutely thrilled to have started my new role as lead youth worker at the Lounge, and to have the opportunity to work with the young people of Alvechurch. Through this role I hope to provide opportunities for young people to shape their own futures and enable them to become valued active members of the local community. My first month in post is focussed on relaunching the Thursday drop-in youth clubs which now run from 4:30-6:30pm for young people aged 11 to 13; and 7-9pm for young people aged 14+, both of which take place at The Lounge.
“To enable The Lounge to provide a wider range of services (including more youth club nights) for young people, part of my role will be to assist in the ongoing recruitment, training and development of a team of volunteers to assist in delivery of the youth work programme and other roles within the project. So dear reader I can’t put this more plainly, ‘I need your help’. If you have any spare time to give, a particular skill or talent; or maybe your just interested in learning what it’s like to work with young people; if you have an idea for a project or a way to raise funds, then please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or drop us a line and get in touch with Sally Meredith or myself, we’re always more than happy to hear from you.”
AVS in conjunction with The Lounge will be hosting a family night out at Alvechurch Village Hall on October 22nd at 7:30pm where you will have chance to interact with a variety of these incredible animals.
Tickets cost £2 or £1 if you are an AVS member. Children can enter for free.
The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was one of the beneficiaries of money from the Picnic in the Park held earlier this year.
Parish councillor David Matthews, Picnic in the Park committee member Louise Parkinson and parish councillor Natalie Wise presented a cheque for £558 to Sally Meredith and Dean Morgan of The Lounge – half of the total raised at the event.
Dean, who recently joined The Lounge as lead youth worker, commented: “I’m very happy to be here – I look forward to meeting as many young people as possible and making sure they are aware of the opportunities open to them.”
Story and Images courtesy of The Village magazine
Did you know you can now help out ACT using eBay?
If you are a seller on ebay, then you may of already noticed the option to donate part of the selling price to charity. We can now Alvechurch Communities Together is one of your options. If you would like to support Alvechurch Communities Together who look after the Lounge and other related projects, simply add this as option when you are going through the selling process, just such for Alvechurch and you will see us listed. Donating some of your final sale price actually reduces the selling fees, so it's a win/win situation.
To find out more about charity listings on eBay, follow this link:
If you want to see ACT's / The Lounge's profile page and listings on eBay, then follow this link
Once again we would like to thank everyone for their continuing supoprt of the work we do, in and around the parish of Alvechurch
Thanks to Specialist Computer Centres and the Technology Trust we will be replacing the old and slow XP machines and making them even more useful.
SCC, who donated the original machines when The Lounge first opened have once again donated 3 more replacement pcs free of charge,so that the old ones can be taken out of service. They will, thanks to Technology Trust and Microsoft's charity donation scheme, be running Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 as we were able to purchase these at heavily discounted pricing. These two things will not only allow us to continue to offer free internet access, but in addition, allow us to extend our options for training and community improvement schemes, such as CV writing, computer skills and job applications.
At this time, we will be still utilising the old monitors as these were not available from either SCC or the Technology Trust and our budget doesn't extend to replacements at this time. We hope to have the new computers up and running in the next couple of weeks.
We'd like to say thank you to those that have taken part in the (in)famous Ice Bucket Challenge, but opted to support a more local cause, that directly affects all our lives in one way or another.
If you want to support us in this way, or any by any other sponsored event, remember you can either donate directly, or set up a sponsorship page by clicking on the My Donate links on this site.
All money raised goes directly to Alvechurch Communities Together who manage The Lounge and associated projects.
Alvechurch Communities Together (UK Reg. Charity No. 1154840) will be holding it's Annual General Meeting at The Lounge, Alvechurch. This is an open event and is you chance to find out more about ACT and The Lounge and some of the work it has done, as well as the work it intends to do. Everyone is welcome to attend and is carried out in an informal manner and you will have your chance to ask questions to many of the people involved in the charity.