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An exciting new addition to our timetable has been confirmed. Football training via the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project will be held each Thursday afternoon at Turf Moors indoor training facility (Elite Training Centre ETC). This is an addition to our usual Thursday community activity.

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Our first visit to the Elite Training Centre with Burnley FC in the Community and the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project, was a massive success with all our members and staff. Matty and Sam made sure that everyone gained something positive from the day.

We couldn't have wished for anything better from the Burnley FC in the Community team. Even those of us that aren't fans of our hosts now have a favourite Claret. That is Danny Ings. We appreciate all you have done and hope a full England call up is just around the corner. Thank You.

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It wasn't all about the visit to the ETC at Burnley FC. All our activities in our timetable continued as usual. Adding to the timetable takes careful planning and input from our members so that they are doing activities that they enjoy. To see the 2015 timetable go to the Activities tab above. As always check out our Facebook page for lots more photographs of activities updated the day they happen.

Lots of activities as usual with more planned. Five trips have been added to our calendar with the first being a Steam train journey in May. Blackpool Sandcastle, Zoo and Pleasure Beach along with a day at Southport beach are the others confirmed. 

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Another activity packed week . The new activities have been excitedly participated in by all our members. As usual, we've had plenty of exercise this week. Badminton, table tennis, swimming, football training, bowling and our own gym. 
Simon Peter and Sefo Kanuteh guested for a musical workshop as part of our music lesson. Sefo gave a performance of music, playing his Kora and taking questions from our members.
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Our horticulture teacher Julie has been working really hard making our wooden raised beds ready for a blooming good Spring & Summer.
We have also cut back all the ivy in the walled garden on our car park, but left it nice and clean for the birds and bees as we want to maintain a home for nature to thrive. We have a small herb garden ready for us to start to grow our own herbs and hopefully tomatoes ready for the salad season to continue our healthy eating. Roll on Summer. Thank you Julie. More pictures will be added following the progress
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April  07 - 10  2015

Super week helped by the weather and plenty of varied activities. Pictures are from New Era on Wednesday with the creation of tasty snacks being prepared and finished. Also, visits on Thursday and Friday from Matty, Nathan and Sam from the Danny Ings Disabilty Sports Project. They came along to see what we get up to and their enthusiasm rubs off on all of us at Bridge Centre NWL. On Thursday, they enjoyed a buffet lunch with our members then snooker in our common room before a kickabout in Oak Hill Park.
On Friday they joined in with pool and darts at the Stanley club.
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Our trip to Bury on the East Lancashire Railway was as exciting as we expected. We were well looked after by all the staff at ELR who went out of their way to make our day special. We had lunch at McDonalds and then a look around the shops.
Our next trip is to Blackpool Sandcastle in June.
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MAY 2015

May has been another eventful month. Right from the 1st day with the wedding of two of our staff members until the last working day today, the 29th.There is a special bond between the staff and members that showed when Shellie took them on the minibus to see the wedding. Quality photograph, smiles all round.

Our new minibus has added extra travel options when needed and is already clocking up the miles. It has been used on lots of activities and there are lots more planned. Our activities have again been varied. Art saw the making of beautiful cup cake containers, an afternoon at Witton Park with lunch at Slaters Quarters was added to our diary due to half term change of timetables elsewhere. We've continued to enjoy the fantastic relationship built up with all at the Danny Ings Disability Project. So much so, that during half term, they come to visit us and join in with our activities. Burnley bowling last week.

We've welcomed another new member too this week. He was straight into the activities. Shopping, baking, golf, music lesson as well as the fun of being with our fantastic group of members, all on his two days spent with us. Our members are keen to be involved in as much as possible. An example is, one member helps make breakfast on the days that he attends and really enjoys the experience, even the cleaning up.

FOR WRITE UPS AND PICTURES OF ALL OUR ACTIVITIES, CHECKOUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

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WEEK - JUNE 15-19

Activities galore as usual for our members. Wednesday mornings at the New Era are always fun and varied. Our newest member managed to show off  his domino skills. Thursday saw the second of our planned trips. A full minibus spent all day at Blackpool Sandcastle.

Bridge Centre NWL  received a certificate and letter from Blackburn College for the practical support and training we offer to students. We are keen to pass on some of our vast experience from our highly trained staff. 

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Another varied week of activities. Tuesday saw the awards  presentation at Burnley Bowling. Sean won a medal for his constant high scoring whilst all our members received certificates. Pictures will be added once they've been edited. New Era on Wednesday produced tasty and healthy fruit kebabs and salad wraps. There's always plenty to do at the New Era with a variety of activities for everyone. Thursday afternoon was spent at Towneley Park. 
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Week Ending 10/07/15

Our 8th birthday in a month saw more cake and another celebration.

This week also saw our last visit until September to the Danny Ings Disability Sports Project at Burnley. This has proven to be a favourite activity added to our busy timetable this year. Every person is catered for by the variety of games organised by Matty, Sam, the two Nathans and Josh. Our enthusiasm matches the enthusiasm shown throughout by them.

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Our new games room has been created by moving the offices down stairs. We've added two smart TV's, games consoles along with 5 notebooks to give our members other choices when we are not out on our activities. The photograph on the left shows the newly painted room all set up ready to go.

We had a quick return to Towneley Park on Tuesday. We had a long walk around the park as well as a refreshments. The walking theme continued on our trip to Blackpool Zoo on Thursday.

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Our third trip of the year was to Blackpool Zoo. Even though there was a lot of walking, everybody enjoyed their day. The weather was nice so the lunch and ice-creams were well received.

We still have two more trips planned, Southport in August and Blackpool Pleasure Beach in September.

For up to date information, check out our Facebook page as well as our web page.

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Week Ending 31/07/15

 

This week has been as busy and varied as usual.


Our weekly menu was added to with some home made sweets.


We've visited Burnley and had photographs taken with the army recruitment people.

On Thursday  we went to Bury on our minibus.


Arts at New Era with T Shirts, Tile Art, Jewelry, containers made from old vinyl records, as well as the usual pool, table tennis with snacks and drinks.

We walked the nature trail in Blackburn this week and we had our usual swimming sessions at Hyndburn Leisure Centre along with shopping in Accrington many times this week too.


Take a look at our Facebook page for more photographs from this week. The page is packed with news from all our activities.

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Week Ending 07-08-15

Our first visit to Fit to Fight was enjoyed by all. The Hub again provided fun and exercise. For write ups and more photographs, check out our Facebook page.

Facebook link below

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Bridge Centre NW Ltd celebrated the first anniversary of our move of premises to Adelaide House. We had a buffet lunch with a special cake being ordered to mark the occasion. We also produced a newsletter that details some of the ways the move has benefited our members and staff.  A pdf version is available by requesting via our email address. Stanley Club again gave plenty of activities that finished off another great week.

We've added different activities during the Summer holiday period. Bingo was the latest addition and was enjoyed by all. We've added an extra swimming session on Tuesday with a choice to go to golf instead. The Art room is now finished, completing all our activity rooms.
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Week Ending 28 August 2015

Our latest trip was on Thursday to Southport. The weather was good as well helping to make the day enjoyable.  The log flume did wet some though, through choice. We're looking forward to the next trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach in September.

Also in September, we are holding a coffee morning as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan. We will start at 2.00 pm to allow the morning activities to go ahead. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August 2015.

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Week Ending 11/09/2015

The last two weeks have seen the continuation of some new activities added along with the re-start of one of our favourites. 

Bingo & Kick Boxing being two new ones and training at The Elite Training Centre at Burnley FC being a firm favourite

Two events in the next fortnight to mark into your diaries. Firstly, our last trip of the warmer months is on Thursday 17th September to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Then on Friday 25th September Bridge Centre NW Ltd is holding a coffee event for Macmillan at 2pm. All welcome to come along and join in the fun. 

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We  started a 10 week Healthy Hearts programme with Lucy and Heather from LCC who  will be coming into Bridge Centre NW Ltd to teach staff and members about preparing and cooking their favourite foods the healthier way. They will also be teaching everyone how to keep an heathy heart with talks and exercise. Our members along with other groups that Lucy and Heather are working with, will also be devising a cookbook.
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Final planned trip of the year was to Blackpool Pleasure Beach where our group had a fantastic time, no queues, no rain, happy days.  We are now starting to plan our next activities for the coming months. Lot's more to do before the end of the year. Golf and Kick Boxing again featured in our activities this week, so plenty of exercise as usual. In our music session this week we videoed two songs that have been written by our members and Chantelle. Both are on our Facebook page along with lots of photographs and write ups from all our activities. Click any Facebook link to open a new window. 
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An excellent afternoon raised a magnificent £233.31 which was rounded up to £250. A special thanks to all that attended and help raise the money. A big thanks to Trevor Adams Studio, Serenity Beauty Salon, Iceland Warehouse, Daniel from Cartridge World, Accrington Stanley and the Park, Manchester Road for donating prizes for the raffle and T& J Hurn  for donating cake bags . Also thanks to Fran Hartley who won the prize money from the Guess the number of spots on the cake and added his winnings to the collected money.

1st Prize – 068      2nd Prize – 406      3rd Prize – 364

4th Prize – 376      5th Prize – 178      6th Prize – 269

7th Prize – 259      8th Prize – 181      9th Prize – 401

 

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Lots of things going on as usual. Plans for winter activities now confirmed. Our Christmas concert is at Grants Bar on Weds 16 Dec. Halloween party with disco & fancy dress is on Fri 30 Nov. 

Paul Croasdale has been appointed  Operations Manager. Our kick boxers were presented with red belt certificates, bowling is back on the timetable. Christine celebrated her 50th birthday on 16 Oct.

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NEW ACTIVITY ADDED FROM THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER.

 
We are looking forward to another fun activity that is a great way to keep fit. There is a link to DanceSyndrome Facebook page on both images.
Check out our Facebook page for lots of pictures of what we do.
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We're holding a Create our Christmas Card Competition.

The winning entry will be used as our Christmas Card for 2015.

There is sure to be friendly competition between our members to win and have theirs chosen.

Good Luck

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Lot's of activities as always, concert preparations, kick boxing and a fabulous Friday with an Halloween Party. Our timetable has been updated on the web site that shows most of the other things we do.

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Christine has been busy decorating some of the rooms at Adelaide House. The common room layout has been changed with the pool table being moved so that the room is a perfect place for our members to relax and socialize.

A new pool table/table-tennis table/air hockey table has been ordered and we are waiting for a much delayed delivery.

Our Christmas card competition is nearing the closing date and we've already had some superb entries. We've started making decorations in our art group and have made our Centre look festive with lighting and other items. The snowman looks really cool.

Thursday saw the first DanceSyndrome session. To say it was enjoyed by all is an understatement. It is another quality activity added to our timetable that gives so much enjoyment to our members and staff too. There are lots of pictures on our Facebook page of all these and more. A link is at bottom of every page.

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Lots going on with Trafford Centre Shopping Trip on the last Thursday in November being the first.The winning Christmas Card was chosen to be used as our card for 2015. An amazing piece of Art by Joshua was the judges unanimous choice. 

We were invited to a ground tour at Burnley FC by Matthew Pounder and the Community Team. We also had photos taken with them at ASDA in Burnley to celebrate their cheque presentation.

 

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DanceSyndrome was brilliant again. It brings massive smiles to everyone.

Our staff have been busy completing their 15 Care Standard Certificates  that set out explicitly the learning outcomes, competences and standards of care that are expected, ensuring that the service is caring, compassionate and provides quality care.

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December is always a month with plenty going on. Lots of Christmas hats on display at our Meal at Th'owd Stables and Concert at Grants Bar. A visit to HAPPA and photographs with Scott Arfield, courtesy of an invitation from BFC in the Community was squeezed into our schedule.

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