• 23 March, 2020

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  • 23 March, 2020

    via The Signpost Centre https://ift.tt/2vHOnYo

Our tech guys get a mention

Our tech volunteers have been busy helping out at Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffs computer centre

Youth group outing

We took a group of our regular youth club members to a local trampoline club. A great time was had by all
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Youth group award

We won an award for our achievements with the Wednesday youth group. Thanks to all those involved



Wednesday Youth Group

Our youth group has proved to be a resounding success, with over 20 youngsters regularly attending. We’re encouraging the group to work together and maybe soon we’ll even have a demo song ready?


Christmas Party and Volunteer Appreciation

We were delighted to host the “Most Tasteless Christmas Jumper” competition, the Krazy Kristmas Kwiz and show our volunteers some appreciation with cards and gifts. We also awarded Les Overton and Mark Berrisford with Volunteer of the Month awards for November and December.

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Les Overton receiving his Volunteer of the Month Award

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Busy Bugs

Our new parent and toddler group got off to a great start, we’ll be running regular sessions every Thursday 10am to noon

Volunteer of the month

Congratulations to Danni King, who scooped the volunteer of the month award for her exceptional contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer of the month

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Linda leaves us

We said fond goodbyes to our long-serving centre manager Linda Stone, who will be sadly missed.
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Lottery funding

(14-07-2015) We’re pleased to announce that we won our lottery funding bid, and we’re all set to continue to provide services and our centre for the next five years!! Linda took to the airwaves at BBC radio Stoke to announce the good news, and we had an article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter… staffsnews

Fun day success

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Many happy returns

We congratulated our regular clients Mia and Kyle, on their 18th and 21st birthdays
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Volunteer of the month award

Congratulations to Marc Harrison, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for April, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.

Saying fond goodbyes

We’ve unfortunately had to see our outreach worker Donna Hollinshead, and our fitness guru Marie Halls, leaving us today. We wish both ladies all the best in their futures. Also, Ken Down has left the area manager role, but will remain 2 days a week to help us with our long term fund raising concerns.
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Bag packing at ASDA

Some of the regular staff and volunteers helped out at the bag packing day, and we raised over £300 for our cause.

Making the best of the weather

Staff and volunteers of all ages are making the best of the weather at the moment with a little impromptu gardening and tidying up
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Anonymous donor

We are very grateful to have received some financial support from an anonymous private donor. Our message to you, from so many of us, is simply, thank you!
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Volunteer award

Congratulations to Jo Knight, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for March, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Sponsored silence

Huge respect to everyone who completed our sponsored silence today.
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Just a nice photo

Taking some practice shots for our PR archive, and this one turned out really nicely so we thought we’d share it with you
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Mind In Action

Our Mind In Action sessions culminated with this impromptu car park boxing session
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Volunteer award

Congratulations to Liz Pelling, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for February, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer award

Congratulations to Les Overton, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for January, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Recycling computers

Another good article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter this week. You can click on the picture above for the full story

Starting Well Art Course

A number of young parents enjoyed a wonderful time with their children, involving them in a number of mini art projects using a variety of media.

Newspaper article

We had a good article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter this week. You can click on the picture above for the full story

Volunteer award

Congratulations to Jane Nuttall, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for December, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer appreciation

Thanks to all of our volunteers, your efforts are truly appreciated. We held a party in recognition of our volunteers’ exceptional contribution to our centre and community
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Volunteer award

Congratulations to Sarah Alldritt, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award in November for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Cooking up a treat

Our regular “Cook and eat” sessions are proving popular, in the first session we made mini pizzas, and this week it was sweet potato soup on the menu
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Birthday celebration

Our Young At Heart group for the over 55’s celebrated with our client Mary on her birthday

Sign language success

Congratulations to our sign language students, for achieving their level 1 & 2 sign language certificates

Entertaining the younger clients

Our circus skills event was a great success


Some of our staff, volunteers and clients joined in our paint ball event
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New funding for job clubs

We secured some help from the European social fund towards our job clubs
Click HERE to read more

Community Fun Day

Our community fun day was a great success, we’re pleased to announce we raised £225 towards our vital services!
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Afro-Cuban drumming performance

Our drumming workshops culminated in this brilliant demonstration and presentation, attended by several friends and supporters of the centre and the performers. We thank John Todd and Adrian Waters for their involvement in this project. Heres the result…

Afro-Cuban drumming and crafting workshop success

Following the success of our pilot session, we held regular workshops, crafted our own drums, and shared our Caribbean snacks.

New hand made cards at Highfields

Our resident card makers have been busy preparing several greetings cards for you to buy from us in aid of the Signpost Centres.

Congratulations Ken!

Well done to our area manager Ken Down, who ran the Stafford half-marathon in aid of our cause!

Pancakes at Highfields

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday a little early and had pancakes the evening before! Thanks to all who joined us.

Taking to the airwaves

Area manager Ken Down, and Highfields centre manager Linda Stone, met up with Stu Haycock of Stafford FM to publicise our funding needs
You can hear the full interview by clicking HERE

Drumming up support for dads

Thanks to ‘DrumShack’ for organising our first ‘Dads & Kids’ session with their Carribbean Drumming workshop at Highfields. A great success and the first of many similar events to come!

Fancy dress day at Highfields

A huge thank you to everyone who came in (and those who were forced to wear) suitable attire to our fancy dress day at Highfields, which was a resounding success. Big thanks to Liz as well, for braving the Mr Blobby outfit (not without protest!).

Quiz Night at Highfields

Congratulations to “Tizzy Pups” who won the first prize in last night’s Quiz Night

First aid at work

Congratulations to all of our staff and volunteers who successfully completed the “Level 2 QCF First aid at work” exam at the Highfields centre today, provided by Lisa of S.C.V.Y.S. as part of the “Instruct UK FAA Certificate”. Heres a few shots from the event:

Thank You!

Massive thanks to the anonymous donor this morning who left a large pile of coins outside our shutter door. Your donation is very much appreciated and is a testament to the spirit of this community.

Loan PC scheme

We have now helped 12 of our Highfields clients get online at home through our loan PC scheme, primarily to enable them to access the new ‘Government Gateway’ system for job seekers.  If you’d like to apply for help, or if you have usable PC’s, laptops, or parts that can be refurbished to issue into the community, please contact us

Christmas celebration

We had a great time at our Christmas celebration at Highfields, with songs, carols, prayer and crazy Jane Richards hosting “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”, some have still not recovered from eating chocolate covered sausages and strawberry sticks dipped in mustard! Good family fun!

Christmas fayre

We held a Christmas fayre at our Highfields Centre and raised over £100 for Signposts. Thanks to all those who took part. A great Christmas atmosphere!

Pyjama party in aid of Children in Need

The young parents group held a pyjama party at the Highfields centre and sold cakes in aid of Children in Need.
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Together they raised over £250 for Children in Need and got a mention on the TV show. Well done our young mums – you are amazing!

Skateboard ramps at Highfields

We had a visit from John Phillips who brought his skateboard ramps and set them up in our car park.
A great day for BMX bikers, skateboarders and scooterists alike!

Sign language success!

The Signpost Centre is delighted that members of our community have successfully gained the Open College of Sign Language Certificate of Communication Skills. The Signpost Centre at Highfields has been offering the sign language course since September 2012.
After the success of our basic language course members went on to gain the certificate which was presented to them yesterday.

Signposts Highfields’ 6th birthday

We celebrated our 6th Birthday with lots of cake and balloons.
We welcomed visitors to join and were pleased that so many came to celebrate with us.

We launch our new centre in Barlaston

In Barlaston we are experimenting with the Kerygma community bus visiting the Barlaston estate twice monthly. It will park near the Best Convenience Store, 45a Ivyhouse Drive, Barlaston, Staffordshire, ST12 9BQ.
The first visit of the bus was on July 11th and now the bus will visit on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 10am to 12.30pm.

We had cavity wall insulation installed

We had cavity wall insulation fitted at Highfields in an energy saving drive
You can find the full information page HERE

Community fun day at Highfields

From time to time Signposts holds community events to bring the local community together and to enable fun, laughter and relationship building in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. In partnership with Rising Brook Church, we held an amazing community fun day at our Highfields centre, made even more enjoyable by the presence of 64 American volunteers from Birmingham, Alabama who had flown over for a week to take part in various acts of kindness across Stafford and Cannock. We enjoyed a really entertaining live band, bouncy castles, a football cage, a community play bus, face painting and most of all free “Boston Butt” pork baps cooked on the specially built “Smoker”.
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