Monthly Archives: March 2019

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Purple Elephant Productions, the people behind the Children’s Festival and Toy Library, are very excited that one of their loyal volunteers is being exceedingly brave and doing a skydive to help raise funds for their work, bringing free activities to the children and families of Frome.

Local Frome resident, John Clarke, has already helped at several Purple Elephant events and is now planning to test his nerve by jumping out of a plane for charity! John’s sponsored skydive for Purple Elephant will take place on Saturday 11th May at GoSkydive in Salisbury. John will be doing a tandem jump from 15,000ft – why not go along and cheer him on?

John said ‘I want to not only experience the thrill, hopefully not terror, of a skydive but also make it an opportunity to support a local organisation which does such great work with the most disadvantaged in our community. Purple Elephant is taking real action in promoting and supporting social inclusion and helping to develop a stronger community. Their events, such as the annual Frome Children’s Festival, the free Sports Festival week, the huge Christmas Party and school holiday activities all help in bringing our community together. Importantly, to promote access to all, particularly those disadvantaged or on low incomes, events and activities are free or at a very small cost. Children benefit by learning new skills, getting out of the house, being active, developing their imaginations, learning to share and to respect others, making new friends and having fun!

Another important service offered by Purple Elephant is the Toy Library with twice weekly Play and Stay sessions. This service provides an opportunity to access play activities in a safe and welcoming environment and to borrow quality toys and games at a low cost. Please donate as much as you can afford and make a difference in enabling Purple Elephant to continue providing such invaluable services to our community.’

Local Giving are running a competition during April to find the fundraiser with the highest number of sponsors. The top 20 fundraisers will have funds added to their total, giving their chosen cause even more support, so if you would like to sponsor John, please do so during April!

To sponsor John go to his Local Giving fundraising page – https://localgiving.org/fundraising/johns-skydive-supporting-purple-elephant/ – or search for John’s Skydive supporting Purple Elephant.

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

6 MORE CHILDREN’S CENTRES THREATENED WITH CLOSURE.   A campaign has started to fight the proposed closure of Westbury’s Children’s Centre. Wiltshire Council has proposed closing 6 more Children’s Centres (formerly known as SureStart centres) only 3 years after a reorganisation that saw nearly half of all such centres close. Following the launch of the… Read More…

Best cities for relocating families

Best cities for relocating families

With so many factors—from job opportunities to cost of living— to consider, deciding where to put down roots can be a minefield. Trying to pick the right place to build a life when you have a young family is even more challenging. You want to raise your family in the best environment possible, so when… Read More…

New future for Youth Connect

New future for Youth Connect

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s youth support service, Youth Connect is to become an independent Public Service Mutual. Youth Connect supports young people helping them to participate fully in education, training and employment and to improve their confidence, mental health and relationships. Last year, staff from the service successfully applied for government funding to… Read More…

New skills programme to get more women into digital careers

New skills programme to get more women into digital careers

A new skills programme to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles has been announced. The West of England Combined Authority has secured £238,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme. Bath College; digital training businesses Mayden… Read More…

Pi Day recipes: Nectarine and berry pie

Pi Day recipes: Nectarine and berry pie

Today is National Pi Day – for those not mathematically inclined, Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. Pi is signified with a character (the same one as in the Greek alphabet) and numerically… Read More…

Free sanitary products for schools in England

Free sanitary products for schools in England

Government funding for free sanitary products in all English secondary schools and colleges has been welcomed as a “huge step” by campaigners. 19 year old Amika George, who started campaigning on period poverty two years ago, said the move would make a “massive difference” to girls who struggled to afford tampons and pads. But campaigners… Read More…

Successful bid for new SEN school in Wiltshire

Successful bid for new SEN school in Wiltshire

A new £12m school will provide much needed special educational needs places in the south of Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council successfully bid for Department for Education (DFE) funding to create a 150-pupil school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years. The school will help pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)… Read More…

Thinking about fostering?

Thinking about fostering?

A foster carer from Bath is encouraging people across the district to consider providing a home for a child in care. It comes as Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Family Placement Team steps up its works to recruit more foster carers. More than 190 children are currently being looked after by Bath and North… Read More…

Poor sleep affecting obesity and depression

Poor sleep affecting obesity and depression

People with medical conditions such as obesity and depression are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, according to The Sleep Council’s Great British Bedtime Report*. Of all the 5,000 people surveyed, 29% said they slept poorly most nights. But that figure shoots up to 45% for people who are obese and 53% for people… Read More…

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