Category Archives: 50+ Skill Exchange Club

50+ Skills Exchange Club Calls Out for Votes to Bag a Share of Bag Charge Fund – REDHILL

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club 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 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. We’re ecstatic to announce that you will have the chance to vote for us in the following stores:

 

CATHERHAM                      CR3 5QX

EDENBRIDGE EXP             TN8 5AD

REDHILL SURREY EXP    RH1 2NH

 

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

By voting for us you can help to support and celebrate older people within our community and the priceless contribution they make! Let’s come together to make a real difference in the lives of over 50’s!

 

Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Walking for Health!

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club has teamed up with Crawley Wellbeing to bring you the ‘Every Step Counts’ Walking for health project!

For 12 weeks starting from the 31st of August 2016, members are welcome to the short walks across Crawley. Not only are they a great way to improve your health, but also fantastic way to meet new people; all whilst enjoying nature and the sites of stunning Crawley!

Physical activity still remains crucial to your health even when your body does not remain as energetic. The weekly walks are an easy way to incorporate a bit of simple fitness into your routine. Not only is walking a proven method to reduce the likelihood of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, but just as importantly, studies show walking and/or light exercise has a positive impact on one’s mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety and for older people in particular it can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The best part is that the walks are completely free for Club members! Becoming a Club member is also a cost-free and simple process, with just a straightforward registration form that needs completing. The Crawley Club runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 at the Civic Hall and registration for the Club can be done there before the 9.30am walks! Members will be back in time for the Club sessions, where they can enjoy a hot drink, socialise with other Club members and participate in the variety of actives that take place and listen to the host of speakers that come along!

With so much to gain and nothing to lose but a few extra pounds, we look forward to walking with you!

If you require more information or would like to register for the Club please do not hesitate to contact us on – 01293 817227.

 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club to launch in Horsham

Beta Futures, working in partnership with Horsham District Council and DWP, is pleased to announce that they will be launching The 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Horsham on Thursday 28 April at 10.30am at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club aims to bring people together on a weekly basis 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.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Clubs in Redhill and Crawley have benefitted from a variety of sessions including first aid, photography skills, computer skills and social media training. They have also welcomed a range of speakers from local charities such as Chestnut Tree House and Rocking Horse, pension advice groups and wellbeing groups. Social events including theatre trips and Christmas lunches have also been enjoyed by club members.

Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay commented:

“The introduction of this skills club for the over 50s will contribute to improving local residents’ employment prospects and general business growth for the district. It will also do much to encourage local community spirit and I would urge as many eligible people as possible to come along and benefit from the many opportunities on offer.”

Gaby Aldrich, The 50+ Skills Exchange Club Manager, said:  “Beta Futures is really excited to work with the council and  have this opportunity to engage with the 50 plus age group in Horsham, offering opportunities to share and develop personal skills, receive further training and not least, to have some fun!”

The whole community is warmly invited to the Horsham launch. Come along for some light refreshments and learn about The 50+ Skills Exchange Club from club members themselves. RSVPs to gaby@betafutures.com or visit their website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/club.html.

 

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.

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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The 50+ Skills Exchange Club: Crawley Club Update

Below you will find our article  for Age Action Alliance published on 31st July 2015:

“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.

In May 2015 Beta Futures was delighted to launch the 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Crawley.  The Club currently runs in Redhill and there are plans for a third in Horsham by 2016.

So what has The Club been up to? The Club has already welcomed an increasing number of members and hosted several guests such as Loredana D’Andrea from K2’s Well Being team.

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The Crawley Club Launch May 2015

The Crawley Club is organising future meetings including a First Aid session and representatives coming in from local businesses.  Members of The Club were also recently inspired by Chestnut Tree House when a speaker came in to talk about the hospice’s work. 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 £1000 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future.

Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session
Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session

The Club members are putting forward their own ideas for Club events such as fundraising, craft stalls and much more. A committee will soon be established which will allow members to shape and drive the direction of The Club.”

Want to learn more? Check out our website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/50plus.html

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website: http://ageactionalliance.org/the-50-skills-exchange-club-crawley-update/

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/marie-harris6/

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/50-Skills-Club/1569904066559573).

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