Fantastic Fundraising from the Funky Choir!

Great concert from the Funky Choir on Friday (13th!) at the Weaver Stadium (Nantwich FC) helping to raise funds for #Wingate2020 – Thank you to Carl and Co! and you can still see the Choir at The Peacock, Nantwich, this Friday (20th) – have a great night and help a good cause!

Have Wheels – Will Travel!

Photo of a client using the MOTOmed therapy bike

Thanks to generosity of Nantwich Rotary Club, we now have a MOTOmed ‘bike’ or movement therapy device for children, young people and adults with limited mobility. The chair is a very welcome addition  to the services we can offer, particularly as it can support users from a wheelchair, therapy chair or even from a bed as necessary, and can act in an active, passive  motor supported state. It is available to hire at £5 per hour. Please contact us for further information.

New Cafe

We’ve recently opened a community café to generate additional funds for our charity. It’s open Monday to Thursday from 11.30am to 2.30pm and offers great value, home cooked food including soup, toasties, jacket potatoes and delicious cakes.

Cook, Deb said: “We are offering the community great quality, homemade food at affordable prices, in a lovely, tranquil location.  It’s a great run out, with free parking when you arrive, or when cycling one of the many nearby routes. By visiting our café, you will be supporting the delivery of local accessible recreation and sports initiatives.”

Great residential stays, for all

New Year, better weather, and the thoughts of all of us turns to holidays and day trips, and the Wingate Centre is used by a number of schools and community groups for its excellent residential, indoor and outdoor activities, particularly for those with special needs or mobility difficulties, and has some limited space available for Spring/Summer 2020.

Residential experiences are a key part of school life for young people. Yet full pupil take up of residential opportunities only happens in 21% of UK schools according to research funded by the Department for Education and Skills (PSHE/Citizenship Team) and managed by The Scout Association and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s no secret that schools still face significant funding pressures. But in some instances, less than 20% of pupils attended residential opportunities. So why is that? One of the main issues cited in the research is access.

52% of schools asked said some children would find it difficult to go on organised trips, with disability (31%) coming second only to cost as the reasons given – clearly still representing a significant barrier to some.The key to finding a solution for your school, however, may closer than you think. With specially adapted accommodation for children with all levels of disability, lifts to all floors and extra wide doorways, a residential stay at the Wingate Centre means you can include everyone.

Welcoming small and large groups from mainstream and special schools, the Wingate Centre is open throughout the year offering residential breaks for groups of 8-42 people, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children with learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of residential experiences.

Our dedicated facilities and specialist equipment provide everything disabled children need. There’s a large gymnasium, recreation hall, sensory room and large dining room and just because autumn is on its way, outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop either. As well as indoor activities such as dance, drama and craft, we have accessible outdoor play areas. There are also lots of fabulous visitor attractions nearby.

While accessibility to residential opportunities can often be an issue for young disabled pupils, the benefits of these experiences are the same for all – from helping to increase confidence and self-belief, to improving relationships with others and developing new skills. Put simply, access to high-quality residential opportunities can have a hugely positive impact on children, young people and schools. Learn more about how young pupils with learning disabilities can take part in residential experiences at the Wingate Centre, by emailing us at alex@thewingatecentre.co.uk

We were all very saddened to hear the news this morning of the passing of Sir Ken Dodd, comedy legend and our long-standing Vice President, yesterday. He brought us all much joy and our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Sir Ken; thank you for everything.

 

 

Customers of Co Op Food stores across Crewe & Nantwich support the Wingate Centre

A huge thank you to all the customers at Co-op Food stores across the Crewe and Nantwich region and the in-store colleagues who continue to champion our brilliant cause. It was our pleasure to visit the Readesdale Avenue store today to receive a brilliant donation and thanks to Stuart for being so welcoming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Reaver raise £1500 for the Wingate Centre!

Our thanks go to everyone at Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver for their support of the Wingate Centre. Their recent charity golf day raised an impressive £1500 on our behalf. Thanks to all the players and everyone who supported them and an extra-special thanks to their President Terry and his wife Judy for making me feel so very welcome at their celebration dinner!

 

 

 

 

Co-op Stapeley donate over £1200 to the Wingate Centre on their Local Causes celebration Day

Thanks so much to colleagues and shoppers at Co-op Stapeley who presented our Chairman Geoff Parsons with a fabulous donation at their community day recently. This significant sum of money will really help us to brighten the lives of our very special visitors. Co-op customers have raised, just by doing their normal shopping and scanning their Member’s card, a huge sum for each of the following three charities;

£1198.18 for 7th SWC Millfields Beavers and Cubs
£1283.02 for Nantwich Museum
£1299.55 for The Wingate Centre

Thanks to everyone involved!

 

Chris Pywell climbs Kilimanjaro, raising over £2,300 for four local charities and community groups – including the Wingate Centre!

This September, Chris Pywell and a team of 14 brave adventurers set out to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of four vital north-west charities and community groups – of which the Wingate Centre was one! The team have set a target between them to raise a staggering £30k to be split between the charities and Chris himself has, so far, raised £2.3k! Any help to push the team towards their target of £30k will be greatly appreciated…

The Nutickets site contains an exciting day-to-day recap of the trip as well as where to go to show support for the phenomenal causes.