Activities

Activities

To see what activities and events are on this month see the ‘What’s on’ page but here is a full list of what we offer throughout the year:

For children

Parent & child football training – This event is led by former professional goalkeeper Steve Spence and volunteers Joe Lovelady and Paul Walsh. Catering for children aged 5 to fourteen, the session involves a warm-up, skills teaching and a game. 

 For lead coach Steve, the class is also important for imparting life skills.    

Play schemes – This provision, which is provided during the school holidays, is very popular. With a focus on mindfulness this is a good mix of educational activities and lots of fun. Breakfast and lunch are included. 

Mini disco litter-pickers – This is a new initiative due to start on Friday April 8.  Children will come together to promote a cleaner environment by picking litter to music. This will be a fun activity and children will be given a snack bag to take home. 

Mindful stay and play – A new youth initiative providing various play activities with a focus on mindfulness. (Starts Friday May 15.)

For families

Family bingo – This event is on the last Friday of every month. It’s very popular and gets fully booked. It is lovely to see sometimes three generations of the same family attending this event which reinforces family bonds and promotes positive community spirit. 

Parent and child football training – see ‘For children’ above.

For adults

Chair-based exercise – This was initially started for the over 60s but is now popular with everyone. This class promotes holistic health and brings people in to the present moment where they can fully experience positive health. All levels of fitness are welcome. It is particularly good for people with health or mobility limitations.

Afternoon tea – This midweek event is well attended, bringing the community together over sandwiches, cakes and a game of bingo.

Gardening club – Working in the gardens of St Nathanael’s Church, where the Opening Doors Project is based, the group gives members a chance to get closer to nature while also providing gentle exercise and an opportunity to meet others from the community. 

Adults’ craft lunch club – This class teaches new skills in a variety of art and crafts including design, jewellery-making, glass painting, clay modelling and more. Lunch is included.

Knit to release knots – A new knitting group providing a chance to relax and make new friends while learning a new skill or practising an old one. (Starts Thursday May 14.)

For community 

Community walks – We arrange various walks for the community – sometimes involving other activities such as a treasure hunt or a mindfulness rope walk but always including a picnic!  

Community BBQ and nature activities – Our BBQs have been delivered in Stalmine Gardens, a local green space, and have included family games and disco.  We plan to include nature activities with future barbecues.