Cycling Without Age: Stockton Soup July 2018

July 31, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Cycling Without Age was invited to pitch at Stockton Soup, at ARC in Stockton, in July for some community funding towards the launch of our Stockton Chapter of Cycling Without Age which involves purchasing our first trishaw. There were three other groups there to pitch for a share of the funds available: Red Balloons, REACH […]

REACH: Stockton Soup, July 2018

July 25, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

There have been times over the last 6 months since launching the REACH Project, that I have felt incredibly frustrated and alone – as if no matter how hard I try the project simply isn’t moving in the right direction. Fortunately, I no longer feel that way as much any more thanks in no small part to […]

Hand In Hand Activities CIC helps carers stay 
‘healthy and connected’ this Carers Week 2018

July 7, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Hand In Hand Activities CIC invited local carers, services and businesses to come together during Carers Week to celebrate the vital contribution made by carers in Stockton on Tees.  Thursday 14th June was an incredible day at Grays Road Institute in Grangefield. Between 11 am and 3 pm, no less than 15 carers attended the carers […]

Hand In Hand Activities CIC calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Hand In Hand Activities CIC is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every […]

REACH: Being Disability Positive?

June 26, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

The government launched the ‘Disability Confident Employer‘ scheme in 2014. Prime Minister David Cameron hailed it as a huge step forward for disability equality but what has been achieved over the last 4 years? Critics of the government argue that they have done very little to increase disabled people’s participation in the workforce. In fact, an […]

Young At Heart ULO: 30 May 2018 #Unremembered

May 30, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO, we had a quiet week as our sessions on Monday didn’t take place due to the Bank Holiday. However, the Thornaby meeting went ahead as usual and the group were kept busy continuing their work on the #Unremembered project. At the start of our session we ran through […]

Young At Heart ULO: 22 May 2018 #DAW2018

May 24, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO we celebrated the newly branded annual event: ‘Dementia Action Week’. All three of our groups (Stockton, Billingham and Thornaby) took part in exactly the same activities as part of our celebration. Each group member created their own positive affirmation forget-me-not, which will form part of our ‘garden of […]

Young At Heart ULO: 14 May 2018

May 16, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO our group members at Stockton and Thornaby were invited to take part in a practical first aid workshop delivered by the British Red Cross. Those who chose to take part were taught about how to treat everyday injuries such as burns, falls and cuts/grazes. In Stockton, participants were […]

Young At Heart ULO: 8 May 2018 #Unremembered

May 8, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart, following the Bank Holiday Monday break, the Thornaby group made a start on our contribution to the Unremembered project by creating over 50 clay poppies to remember those who were members of the Labour Corps and essential to the war efforts of World War 1. After spending a little […]

Cycling Without Age: A Pilot’s Perspective – Mark Shields

May 2, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

When I arrived at the park, due to the cold weather and the snow trying its best to come down, I wasn’t expecting to see much of a turnout or much excitement for the event. How wrong I was. I arrived to find a queue of enthusiastic passengers lined up for their lap around the […]