As the autumn term comes to an end on behalf of all the staff here I would like to thank you all, for your continued support of Adult Learning and wish you a peaceful Christmas break.

We have many exciting courses starting in the new year and look forward to welcoming many of you back to new classes and new challenges!

Fancy trying something new in January …

Roots Homeless Donations

I would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who brought in a range of items, some cash donations and some very thoughtfully packed rucksacks to support the work of The Roots Independent Street Team and their work with homeless people, particularly over the holidays.   We all know there are many reasons people find themselves homeless.  The work of projects like Roots acts to remind homeless people that they are valued and they are seen.  Roots offers hot meals, clothing and toiletries as well as mental health support and signposting to other services available.  Once again thank you for your generous donations.

Milk Bottle Tops, Crisp Packets and Christmas Stamps!

Do you remember that song from school days about ‘Milk bottle tops and paper bags…’?  Well we have a few recycling collections going at Stoke Lodge that make recycling easy, although they won’t get you a Blue Peter badge I’m afraid!

Recently our friends at PROPS asked us if we would mind hosting a crisp packet recycling box at Stoke Lodge.  PROPS collect up the empty packets and are paid by a company which uses them to make things like garden furniture. So a bit of cash for PROPS and a little less to landfill seems like a ‘Win Win’!  The packets don’t have to be washed out and can be big or small bags but they do have to be crisp packets and not other similar products.  PROPS are also collecting plastic milk bottle tops.

We have a box for your Christmas postage stamps which will be in the foyer till the new year.  Stamps are collected for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) an amazing charity making a real difference to people with sight loss.

Whilst I wish you an enjoyable break I know Christmas can be a difficult time for many of us, for a whole range of reasons.  If Christmas is difficult for you I would encourage you to look at some of the great support on offer from organisations like Mind, Time to Change and the Mental Health Foundation who have lots of ideas for looking after yourself at Christmas.

Kind regards