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Our parent groups had an amazing Easter break full of outdoor fun and also some lovely pampering. In the first week we took 30 parents and children to Hampstead Heath in partnership with the organisation Hampstead Hands. The group had lots of fun in the sunshine building a den, making kites and doing wool crafts. It was great getting parents, toddlers and teenagers outdoors together showing amazing teamworking skills lifting massive logs to build our den, with a three year old demonstrating excellent project management skills! To offset all the hard work, in the second week the group had a chance to put their feet up at a trip to the Lush store in Oxford Street. The parents and children got to make their own seaweed bath bombs, enjoy natural face masks and hand massages and test all the products. All the staff were lovely and welcoming and the parents and children enjoyed a lovely sparkly and very aromatic trip.

We are now in April, which is “Me Month” in partnership with Camden Blossoms. Several guest speakers will be talking about all sorts of hot topics, including relationships, sleep and well-being with mums of babies under one.

Right now our Toddler Group is all about Fitness and Healthy Eating. We have two different Family Kitchen sessions and one Zumba session occurring weekly for the next six weeks. 16 women are participating from countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Egypt,Italy, UK and Eritrea.

 

North Camden Zone is going to be delivering a free one day training course to the voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals working with children, young people or families, called Become a Change Maker (Level 1). The training will focus on systems thinking and how to achieve change in different systems. With this information, you will gain a better understanding on how to support grassroots action that work toward making North Camden a great place to grow up. 

Attending this Level 1 training will also mean that your organisation is eligible for Level 2 of the North Camden Zone Change Maker Learning Programme. This includes 5 days free consultancy paid for by Lankelly Chase Foundation, to support you to look at the scope for change in your own work and in the wider system.

The training will take place on the 2nd of May 2018, 9:30am to 4pm at St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LG. Please book your place here. If you have any questions please contact madalina@northcamdenzone.org.

 

Cohort 11 of The Company is now over half way through the programme and so far we have had some amazing guest speakers deliver sessions for the Associates. Last week The Company had sessions by Birdsong Co-Founder, Sophie Slater, who talked about the realities of running a fashion business and how to get started on a budget. Nik Crabtree who is the Lead Engineer Principal Software Engineer for ASOS also delivered a session on how to sell online. This week we have start-up expert Robert Swerling, coming to deliver an evening workshop for past and present Associates of the programme on how to grow a business.

Recruitment for cohort 12 has started and the programme is looking to kick off near the end of June. If you are or know someone with an entrepreneurial spark who would like to hone their skills, get in touch with anna@thewinch.org to hear more about the programme.

 

We are looking for a volunteer referee for our five-a-side football fundraiser on Saturday 12th May. The matches will be in Camden from 10:00-14:00 and will be helping us to hold a fun event which will raise some funds for The Winch. Please get in touch with lydia@thewinch.org if you're interested- especially if you have some experience of playing or refereeing five or seven a side football games!

 

We are very excited to be receiving a new dishwasher generously paid for by BNP Paribas, which will make life much easier for all the kitchen users in The Winch, from staff to parents groups to our after school club children. We greatly appreciate their donation and send many thanks for their support!

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Dan Sandman and the Friends of Belsize Community Library for hosting a wonderful fundraising concert on Saturday 21st April. The concert featured the talented musical duo, Angharad and Dan Sandman.
Dan led the concert in the first half playing a mix of classical and contemporary guitar pieces and his own compositions. Angharad enchanted the second half with her classical piano 'tone poems'. The grand finale featured the duet belting out some ABBA hits, tunes all could tap their toes to. We were able to catch up with Dan following the concert who shared, “It was fantastic to see the library full of happy faces from across the social spectrum listening to classical music live. The support I had from the community was outstanding and I will certainly be hosting many more events for Belsize Park Community Library soon. Watch this space!”.
Our CEO, Rashid Iqbal, spoke briefly to thank the audience and the Friends of Belsize Library for their generosity and spirit, without which it would be very difficult to maintain the library as a community space for everyone to enjoy.

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