The Mayor of Crawley visits The 50+ Skills Exchange Club

 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club was delighted to welcome The Worshipful the Mayor and Escort of Crawley Councillor Chris Cheshire and Barbara Robinson on Wednesday 23rd September 2015.

The Mayor was able to experience a Club meeting with speaker Mary Goodchild. Mary ran an interactive session on mentoring and volunteering.

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Mary Goodchild with The Mayor of Crawley, Chris Cheshire

 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club offers an opportunity for people to come together, socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

The Club meets every Wednesday, 10:30am – 12:30pm at the Civic Hall, Crawley.

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Margaret Williamson from Beta Futures with the Mayor of Crawley, Chris Cheshire

 

Club members also get involved in other activities such as visiting Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning in conjunction with Randall Schofield Court.

I appreciated the friendly welcome and was impressed by the positive aims of the group. I  am spreading the word and if I can offer any help in the future, please get in touch.” – The Mayor of Crawley, Chris Chesire

It’s great that Crawley Borough Council recognise the value of older people in our society.  The visit by the Mayor, Councillor Chis Cheshire to our club today and her contribution to the event was appreciated by the members. It was a pleasure to get to know her and we look forward to seeing her again soon.”  – Marie Harris, Beta Futures

If you would like to learn more and find out ways you can get involved either as a member or a local business check out Beta Futures’ website www.betafutures.com or email them at info@betafutures.com

 

Update: 25th September Macmillan Coffee Morning

Beta Futures’ Macmillan Coffee Morning with Randall Schofield Court, on 25th September,  was deemed a success!

There was a buzzy atmosphere with cake, brick-a-brack and raffle prizes on offer. It was a brilliant way to raise money for such a good cause.

Beta Futures’ stall raised £67.20 in total.

It was also great to see photos from other Macmillan Coffee Mornings! You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/macmillancoffee.

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Did you hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning? We’d love to see your photos! Tweet them to @betafutures.

We’re hiring a Club Coordinator!

Beta Futures is looking for a dynamic Club Coordinator to join our team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for organising The 50+ Skills Exchange Club, currently held in Redhill and Crawley and should be highly motivated. They must have excellent leadership and communications skills, as well as a strong desire to engage with the community.

The post will involve planning, organising a guest speaker twice a month and running weekly 2 hour meetings. The role also involves arranging social trips and community events the members wish to be involved with.

Other aspects of the role include:

– Increasing Club membership

– Raising the profile of the Clubs at events

– Administrative tasks related to the further development of The 50+ Skills Exchange Club.

Initially the post will be 10 hours per week, but could increase with the growth of the business.

If you are interested in the role, please contact us at viv@betafutures.com or telephone us on 01293 817 227.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

 The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities”.

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The Redhill Club Relaunch

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club brings people together to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

Following the success of The 50+ Skills Exchange Club Redhill Pilot, we are thrilled to announce that we will be relaunching The Club at the Harlequin on 1st October, as part of Older Peoples Day.  The 50+ Skills Exchange Club already runs successfully in Crawley. There are also plans to launch The Club in Reigate and Horsham in 2016.

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Redhill’s Photography Skills Session

The Club meets every Thursday,10.30-12.30 at the West Central Café and St John Ambulance (alternating each week). 

So, what has The Club been up to? The Redhill Club has enjoyed a variety of speakers including a First Aid session, Photography Skills and Ping Tsim who talked to members about alternative therapies.

Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015. So far Marie has raised over £2800 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future. There are also plans for a Christmas lunch with all of The 50+ Skills Exchange Club members.

Beta Futures is relaunching The Redhill Club to encourage new people to join which will help The Club to grow and develop. This will include a committee, made up of members, being set up to drive and shape The Club.

 

Find out more on our website: www.betafutures.com

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

 The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities”.

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Our MD is taking on the Great Wall of China for Chestnut Tree House

Marie Chestnut Tree House 1Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015; raising money for Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire.

There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

 It currently costs well over £3m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.” (Chestnut Tree House, 2015)

So far Marie has raised over £2,800  in aid of this amazing charity and is currently training hard to get ready for the challenge.

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Photo of the view from Marie’s Training at the Sussex Downs

We recently had a talk given by a representative from Chestnut Tree House at our 50+ Skills Exchange Club Crawley. The Club members were very touched and inspired by the hospice. We have arranged a trip to the House for Club members in October.Marie says I am raising money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice because it is vital that the amazing work of the hospice continues. I have never done anything like this before so it certainly will be a challenge.”

Marie’s JustGiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/Marie-Harris6/

Chestnut Tree House Website http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities.”

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