Sandy Community Fun Day 22.08.21
Well, the day came and what an event?!
Over 15 organisations were involved at the Fun day. All local instructors, or community groups came to set up their stall and meet the community. They came to talk to the people that actually live here! It's all about connection. Every time I looked up (took breath as if you know me I do like a chat!), every stall holder had people talking, doing or moving but it's all connecting. We have had such a long drawn out isolated time. We are used to being inside. It's so nice to be able to come out and connect for the enjoyment on the day.
The Lions Club had a great day, with lucky dip and skittles fun games for all ages, and a chance to meet and share what they do all year round, always helping people, new projects doing what they can in their community.
(Find out more about The Lions Club here)
Cortex Crossfit MaryKate - a phenomenal woman! Running her fitness challenges and encouraging both adults and children to have a go, with a 'yes you can!' gentle and fun way to 'just try it!'
(Find out more about Cortex Crossfit here)
Sandy Cricket Club - had a large area with a practice net, bright hurdles to jump over, bats and balls and all sorts of equipment, it looked so inviting!! I loved hearing the exciting news and opportunities for those that play cricket, girl cricket and even a new opportunity that might be on the cards...!
(Find out more about Sandy Cricket Club here)
Thank you to everyone who came, and watch out for more information about what's going on in Sandy to help you move, connect with others, enjoy nature, have fun and feel good!
Providing hot dogs, burgers and cups of tea!! They are always there, providing great life skills for kids and teenagers. It's not just what they do for children, there are so many ways being part of the Scouts, can be rewarding. there are all sorts of 'behind the scenes' help they need all year round. Here they have a beautiful assortment of home comforts, cushions, candles smelling divine in their fundraising tent. I didn't want to leave! Lovely chatting with you ladies and thank you for coming.
Strong girl Fitness Fundraising tent!
Strong girl fitness gave expert advice and held challenges all day with those brave enough to give it a go! Here’s a picture of Morgan in the challenge - tensions were high! So excited to hear about all of the sessions they run in Biggleswade . their small group sessions for those just getting back into fitness, or the Bootcamp and 121 sessions depending on what suits you. So lucky to have this on our doorstep! Thanks for sharing all that you do Steph!
Vibrance Sound experience
Kay is a formidable woman. Just have a chat with her and you'll find out! She was offering drumming and sound therapy sessions for people to experience. There are many studies now coming out supporting the powerful effect music, and in particular vibration has on the body. She is offering sessions in Sandy and Biggleswade.
Asahi Shotokan Karate
Asahi Shotokan Karate have been running sessions in Sandy for 31 years! So pleased they could join us and see the Samuri Mask in real life! I'm looking forward to hearing about all of your future sessions Richard!
Sandy Women's Institute
Sandy and Biggleswade Lions
Sandy & Biggleswade Lions club, skittles are always a big hit! Being part of something bigger, helping where you can, meeting others and maybe trying something new.
Lions Club, Asahi Shotokan Karate and Cricket in the background
Mary Kate from CTC Crossfit guiding young Poppy! She runs, kids and teenagers classes every week in Sandy - did you know?! As well as running adult sessions.
YEY GO ON DAD!! Mary Kate again coaching, encouraging and he did it! Lovely cheering kids love to see the grown ups doing this as well - makes them want to do it!
The Strong Girl Fitness Challenge in action!!
Looks like a lot of talking going on, but did you know the young lady want's to be a Paramedic? She was a little nervous but who better to ask questions than the Ambulance Response Service that came to the event? It's a gentle chat that might be the start of something who knows what can happen?
The last game of Sandy by the sea moved into a new version created by the participant! As always with Let's get Going games we go with the play and see what happens! Thank you Coral and Morgan for helping me instruct.
Thank you Tara and Michelle!
Friends! How lovely are our friends? Tara and Michelle are so funny, witty and gave a wonderful commentary on the day! Thank you ladies!
One of the winners of the Sunflower Trail receiving her prize!
Squirrel's are joining us at the Sandy Craft Market 31.05.21
This was so exciting. One member of our Uplift course, loves Squirrels. She feeds them, cares for them and as you can imagine this is a particular gift not many people can connect with wild animals in such a gentle way. We were preparing for the craft market and stumbled into the photographs create by Geert Weggen which as you many know are outstanding. He closely follows squirrels watching, listening and captures their mischief in his photographs. Thanks to a few email exchanges we created some squirrel cards some decorated by Uplift participants for sale at the market and thanks to the success they will be available online. This wouldn't have been possible without the support form Geert so we are thankful to him.
For more information contact https://geertweggen.com/
Let's Create, Parent Support, Uplift and the Older and Wiser Project receives funding
These programs have been offered to our community thanks to the Local Connections Fund. We have been able to offer sessions, support, fun and wellbeing tools thanks to the funding we have received. supporting and connecting with others at this time has been so helpful for many, either isolated because of age, mobility, pre existing health conditions or pregnancy and taking extra care. However, lets not suffer alone and become lonely. Thanks to the Community Fund we have been able to run the programs and will continue to expand our network, offer sessions that are useful and relevant to the people seeking them. So thank you from us!
A few pictures from the Let's create sessions are below, however these photos do not do capture the fun we had during the creative process - you really had to be there!
Celebratory sun picture... the magic is in the process
Making the Timer!
Creating our own sorting box
Thank you Margaret!
Our lovely Margaret, the first older and Wiser to join the project. Happily created 'Luke' the pony, a pack of notelets and also decorated some of our squirrel cards. Since joining the scheme she has found new knitting patterns, is already on to Horse #2 which will have a detachable rosette, and I'm told some little chicks may be on the way as well! We are delighted to have Margaret join us and we both get a lot out of discussing what we need to make, the game it will will be used for and a natter about how things are going. We were really pleased to receive some giant lily pads created by another clever lady who likes sewing.
She doesn't have much time to spare but she was happy to create some for our frog game and that's perfect!
We were really lucky to receive a large donation of craft materials from J Hughes which will be shared between the older and Wiser craft activities and the families in need. We will be posting photos of what is created for you to see, so thank you from all of us!
Uplift! The movement mindset course
Thanks to funding from the Local Connections Fund and support from Community Catalysts, we were able to run the 6 week Uplift mindset and movement course for vulnerable and or shielding women, including sending them the prop pack which is an integral part of the course. This helped people from the NHS ELFT, Women's refuge within the Bedfordshire area and other individuals. We are so pleased this has been possible. Uplift is a gentle way for people to feel good about themselves, their body and gives new tools and strategies to choose better feeling thoughts, and create a desire to move more, connect with nature and know how to turn things in an upward direction when you notice things are starting to dip. At the end of the 6 week course, the participants noted a significant change in their approach to anxiety and found they are feeling much more positive. Some have even got involved in our craft projects and created some beautiful cards that were on sale at the Sandy Craft market.
When asked after attending the Uplift course are you feeling differently towards exercise / moving?
"I can see that exercise and moving doesn't have to be PE, it doesn't have to be £40 leggings and it definitely doesn't have to be #GAINS. It can be moving around and using my mind, my body ....... being intentional, making myself laugh and genuinely enjoying the movement my body is capable of " - Uplift Participant
Easter Bunny Trail and Quiz for Sandy Town Centre April 2021
Over 60 families joined in the fun of the Easter Trail and quiz created by yours truly! We created 3 different trails for different age groups - 0-5's, 6-11 years and 12-16 year olds. The trail and questions related to Sandy Town, seeking bunnies and also adding a bit of pazzazz. How exciting to be able to create such fun over Easter! The bunnies had scampered about in over 11 of the Sandy Town Centre Businesses - little tykes! So our bunny seekers had to spot where they were and note them on the quiz sheets amongst other things.
Some of the participants sent in their art work which you can find here.
We worked with Sandy Town Centre Group and Sandy Town Council to make this happen.
We are getting ready to run a summer trail in August, so watch out for news of the Sandy Sunflower Trail.
Just the right size for me - at All Seasons!
Popping into the Chemist
Dining at Pecoro's
At the Post Office
Let's Get Going receives funding!
We are a new Company, a Community Interest Company which means we are committed to running our workshops, courses, or one to one sessions and all profits go back into the business helping people. It has been daunting networking and getting sessions up and running, however during the first 18 months we have been lucky enough to receive 4 grants to help us on our way!
Team Beds and Luton ran an excellent seminar Fit for Funding - to help small Sporting Clubs and Community Groups. This was pivotal for Let's Get Going and accessing funding sources, so a big thanks to all of the Team for their guidance and expertise. Bedford Borough Speed Networking event enabled us to meet a lot of local organisations and help start the ball rolling.
Central Bedfordshire Council's Ward Councillor Grant was also received to help set up the Sandy sessions of Let's Go Rahh!! Funds were received to help with the development of the Website and equipment used to run the local sessions on a Monday in the Church rooms. At present, these sessions are not running face to face due to Covid, however during lock down they were running every day to help families for free- doing our little bit to keep going and help others. Currently Let's Go Rahh!! sessions are being held twice a week via zoom, for more information see our Let's Go Rahh!! page Let's Go Rahh!! .
Funding was received from Sport England to conduct a 10 week project of exercise games for a group of vulnerable women and their children connected two women's refuges within Central Bedfordshire. The project had been trialed and developed with refuge management and residents and involved active games, nutrition and well being. Unfortunately the active session is on hold due to the Corona virus. Further training is being sought in the hope we can run the program following Government Guidelines, or if not the program will happen when restrictions ease and we can look forward to raising the heart rate of participants when they will laugh, sweat, get into all sorts of shapes with uplifting music! In the mean time we donated a well loved bicycle to one refuge to be used - first getting it checked out by Lewis from Halfords. We were happy to make sure the bike is safe and in good working order and has a pump in case of punctures, this can be shared by families with children aged 10-13.
The project also involved running a creativity session with the families each week. This wasn't able to happen face to face because of the virus. However, over 25 craft packs were assembled and delivered to the refuges for families and also single women. The pack contains items like home made bubble mixture and bubble wands, create your own wooden family with coconut shell house, drawing pad, chalks and air drying clay. All items were funded through the generous gift received from Gales Family Trust, who donated money specifically for creativity projects for women and children. One other kind feature was the donation of locally grown https://www.hitchinlavender.com/ - one large bag has been shared amongst the families as Lavender is well known for its' calming and soothing benefits.