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   Holme Hall Unite Community Group

 Holme Hall Unite has been established for over 7 years now - helping to build a much stronger community for local people via our Community Hub, the community group and our Next Door message board.

There will be so much happening during this Platinum Jubilee Year that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

   We are based at our Community Hub, and host all kinds of meetings and events there.

Remember too that Refreshments are always provided FREE. The Bank holiday was just the start of Holme Hall Unite's great Summer season.

If there are any other activities that you would like to see, then please get in touch with us, as we many be able to facilitate them for you.

  

Probably not words that you want to hear - but its only 19 weeks away now. We'll detail all our plans here over the next few weeks.

Plan ahead and we'll all have a very good time. Leave things to the last minute and you'll find things are harder.

  
  

Get in touch for more details and we'll invite you to come along to one of our meetings so that you can try it all out for yourself.

There is always something interesting going on, and you'll meet people of all age groups too. Join in with the Knit & Natter group, browse through our DVD / Book library play games, or just chat and make some new friends.

 What we offer our community ...

Day Trips & Excursions

We have run day excursions - and often discounted - for several years now to a range of cities and coastal destinations.

Some of our other excursions include - Yorkshire Dales / Liverpool / Lincoln / York / Newark / Whitby / Lichfield / Hull / Bridlington / Scarborough / Beamish / York races and Blackpool etc, as well as many other places too.


 
Our Lunch Club

We have regular meals out - usually its a nice pub lunch with a friendly small group of people.

Come and join us for a lovely meal out with some very good company.
Social Events and Get Togethers

We've run everything at our Community Hub from coffee mornings to games afternoons right through to our Knit & Natter groups and Social afternoons.

Our Christmas events are well known for bringing the people together - from our Christmas Party to the support that we supply on Christmas Day for those who are lonely and isolated.

    

We've even recently started an outdoor gym - and we will be running health and fitness classes from the Autumn.
 
Fresh and Surplus Food Distribution



We receive surplus food from the major supermarkets and distribute this to the elderly and vulnerable in our area.

We received food offers from 2 different chains during the recent holiday period.



We also get fresh food donated from the local allotment group.

 We are involved in all aspects of our local community and offer advice and support, as well as training opportunities and health and well-being benefits

Welcome to our website. You can email us here. As well as the Community group, we also manage the Community Hub, a garden and a new outdoor gym.

Yellow Thunderstorm Warnings Are Issued for Much of the UK
Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued for most of the UK on Tuesday and for southern England on Wednesday .....Storms have already developed in east-coast counties like Essex, Suffolk and Lincolnshire ..... "We have seen some flooding in parts of Cornwall and Devon," said Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan. adding that there have been "very difficult driving conditions, flash flooding, hail with thunderstorms and some lightning".

Its the final countdown of Summer - with just a couple of weeks to go now to the August Bank Holiday weekend. The weather for the bank holiday is looking quite good - dry and sunny and about 21c. We have another major event before then (which currently looks at risk - more on that later) before the big weekend itself. We'll have a host of events during the Autumn to keep our members fully entertained in the run-up to Christmas too. Its also the Ebor race meeting at York this week. Look out for details of a FREE cinema ticket soon (this is not a buy one get one free scheme - its a genuine free ticket).

The thunderstorms are likely to bring significant rainfall, but it may be too much too soon. Geographers and meteorologists say that the best type of rain to bring the earth out of its parched state would be a light drizzle. Instead of soaking into the baked ground, the downpours that are expected could lead to large amounts of surface run-off - potentially causing sudden flooding and even power cuts, the Met Office has warned.

What a FANTASTIC weekend we have just had !!!
The weather was near perfect, and so was the company. We managed to judge it just right yet again. There was a lot of things going on at the weekend - a stately home, a Barbecue and we also had a very nice lunch out too.

The start of this week may look a bit dodgy weather-wise (at least until mid-week), and even an event next weekend may have to be reconsidered (more on that later in the week) - but I don't think there will be any complaints at all about last weekend ! It was a really fabulous time for all of those who attended. Did YOU miss out - yet again?

August Bank Holiday weekend is now closing in fast, and we have a couple of things that were postponed earlier to also slot in. We've also now received details of the East Midlands in Bloom Awards ceremony too. Its fingers-crossed that we get a good result again.

Some of our members had a fantastic day out at the South Yorkshire Festival - where they found that all the fun and entertainment was FREE - we had even provided a FREE COACH to get people there. This was our third visit to this annual event - interupted only by Covid - held in the 26 acre grounds of a fabulous stately home.

There is no doubt that there is so much for us all to look forward too - so, make the most of it while you still can. The warm days won't last!!

what's coming up next for our regular visitors?
If you visited us at the Hub recently - we hope that you enjoyed all the many FREE giveaways. We hope that it has helped our members to ease the cost of living crisis a little bit, with some fantastic and FREE essentials We should have further products (last week it was tuna and pasta) - and some other goodies too - in the very near future.

After all ..... what is the point of a support group if its not there when you need it the most?

Following a recent meeting we expect to have more goodies for our regulars very shortly - we are currently discussing a few options, and will be able to announce (at the Hub) some extra benefits. for our regular visitors, very soon.

Holme Hall Unite has always looked after its regular visitors and supporters and will continue to do so. The next few months (over the autumn and winter period) will prove to be very difficult for many people due to the cost of living crisis but we will support our regular visitors as much as we can. We were also the first local community group to launch surplus food distribution from the major supermarkets.
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As with everything in life ....... You can only get out what you are prepared to put in. So JOIN US - or MISS OUT.

We'll be re-launching our health and fitness campaign in September, in association with Chesterfield College - using a mixture of both our new outdoor gym and the College's facilities - so get in touch for further details. Some members are still using the college facilities - and the personal trainers - from last year's health and fitness programme.

A new Walking for Health group is also being set-up - to run walks from Holme Hall Unite's Community Hub. It looks like this will now be held on Tuesday mornings. If you are interested, get in touch, and we'll pass your details onto the walk leaders. A couple of other new groups are also planning to use our Hub as their base.

New IT classes start at the Hub this autumn - so if you want to learn some extra new tricks and tips when using your computer tablet or laptop - get in touch.

We have again been approached by yet another major supermarket regrading the distribution of their surplus food. Once the summer holiday season is over, and with some new volunteers onboard, we may look at expanding our free food distribution even further. There can be little doubt that when the full cost of living crisis really hits home - most probably this autumn / winter - that such help will be sorely needed.

Our Knit & Natter group have already completed a bag full of kids hats - all ready for distribution in the autumn (just like last year) - following the blankets that they made for refugees earlier this year (from donated surplus / leftover wool). There are people who are stuck at home - housebound and in some cases bed-ridden - who have derived great pleasure from knitting these squares - and sometimes have never even visited the Hub.

Having been one of the main instigators of the surplus food programme we were invited to a strategy meeting to plan the next stage as the cost of living crisis really starts to bite. We work with most of the major supermarket chains - and could do so much more with extra volunteers. We are currently turning down any further food supplies for distribution due to a lack of resources - which is a great shame at this time of need. The situation is reviewed regularly as extra volunteers become avaialbe (even for short periods).

"Thank you for today, we had a lovely time. Full of laughter and companionship"

The Free Computer Tablets promotion was back with us again for the third year running. This helps to keep our community connected, and also helps relieve the loneliness and isolation that the pandemic had brought.

While others talk endlessly about what they will do (if pigs ever fly!) Holme Hall Unite got on with it and delivered yet again. And as always, everything was provided FREE OF CHARGE.

Its quite clear that Holme Hall Unite offers its members SO MUCH - far more than any other group. You should join in before its too late, as the capacity (at our Hub) can only accomodate a certain number of people. Our Lunch Club is a little more flexible as we use outside venues, so capacity is not so much of an issue. There are special interest groups as well as more general meet-ups, and as soon as the Spring arrives our day trips will be launched again for this year. Don't be isolated and on your own - when there is such a lot that you can take part in and enjoy. No matter what obstacles may be thrown at us during the coming months we will ensure that all of our members have a very good time

Our Next Door message board (which we pioneered five years ago) now reaches over 5000 people locally with more than 1275 on our estate alone - and is now used by 27% of all local households to keep in touch. Being able to keep in contact with their family, friends and neighbours is vital for the isolated and vulnerable.

Our Community group was established in 2015, and within 10 weeks of constitution the group had planted 16,000 daffodils all around the estate. Our garden was added in 2017 before our Community Hub opened in the Spring of 2018. In that same year our Chair was named as the Estate Champion. We have won many Awards - including three consecutive RHS Awards for our garden. In the following year we were selected as the runners-up in the Organisation Of The Year category at the Voluntary Sector Awards too.

We even managed to keep the Hub open for most of the recent lockdown with surplus food deliveries and prescription collections etc - unlike many groups which closed (some of which may never re-open. We've also run a full schedule of day trips for our members during the year too. Everywhere else will either cost you more - or offers you much less - than we do. Don't hesitate to get in contact if you need any further information, simply click here.

"Wonderful to see what the Hub does. Gave my mum and I another perspective of how amazing people are"

                  

We'd like to thank the many people who have stopped and thanked us for the work that is taking place - especially the new outdoor gym - over 50 people have signed up for info on the new classes there.

We work closely with other organisations - from the local and County Councils, to the NHS Public Health body. We were particularly busy during the recent pandemic - delivering hundreds of food parcels to the vulnerable, (read more on the Derbyshire County Council website - click here - and collecting prescriptions etc. We even distributed FREE computer tablets so the housebound could keep in contact with their friends and family.

We also host a Credit Union to encourage saving and financial management. Big changes will be coming to many households with some higher costs (average energy price hike of £139). Contact us for a factsheet - and see what help might be available before you find yourself in trouble.

Other people have moved into employment - and / or started a college course - after support and encouragement from the team at the Hub. We are yet again helping to fill the digital divide by offering FREE training courses for those not confident with their digital skills. In the past we have even given away FREE COMPUTER TABLETS. Get in touch for further information.

We have other training courses - from basic computer groups to full educational qualifications (in association with other establishments). We are also supportive of people who are homeless and those with alcohol and substance abuse issues, and can point them in the direction of help, as well as giving support locally too. We once managed to completely kit-out a flat for a homeless man within two weeks!

There is no doubt that there is far more than we could do, but like other groups we need some extra Volunteers to bring their skills along to enhance our future offering. If you can help, even for just a couple of hours, then please get in touch with us asap.

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Why be on your own, when there is such a friendly group that offers you so much? - the majority being FREE?       Come and join us before its too late.

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We have LOTS of major new plans for 2022, so we are really looking forward to this coming year.


We're now into the 8th month of the year and so our thoughts turn increasingly to Christmas - its just 19 weeks away now. So get in touch with the Hub and learn of some easy ways to save.

Its yet another sign that Christmas is not that far away now - the large tube of Roses, and Quality Street etc have now appeared on the shelves in Tesco.



We are now looking forward very much to the August Bank Holiday weekend (and a couple of surprises), but there's also lots of things to cram-in before then too .....

An emergency warning system, which allows alerts about severe weather and other life-threatening events to be sent to mobile phones, will go live in October in England, Scotland and Wales. The Cabinet Office says the technology will alert up to 85% of the population. The messages will be sent automatically to any smartphone which is switched on, although its possible to opt out by changing a mobile phone setting.



We are now in August so its not long till August Bank Holiday which we always see as the end of Summer.

Yes, you can get nice days in Sept and October, but you have lost the warmth and the light nights. Make the most of it.

Further heatwaves cannot be ruled out. Global warming is now a fact of life, and until greehouse gasses are reduced further extreme weather - heatwaves, drought, forest fires and floods - are all here to stay. We have had years of warnings, and now we must pay the price of ignorring them.



Look out for some news around our new outdoor gym very soon. We think you will be very surprised - will you also miss out?

Only our members and our regular supporters will get advance info to our main promotions - so if you are not part of the group you WILL MISS OUT



Part 2 (of the £650 cost of living grant) will be paid in October (the first part of it having been paid out in July).



Pensioners will also get an extra £300 heating allowance during the winter.



There is always something being planned or run from our Community Hub. To help relieve loneliness and isolation we always have something going on.

There will hardly be a weekend in the Summer when we don't have something going on ! Come and join us - and don't be left out in the cold.


Come and volunteer with us - have a good time while helping the community out too. Help us bring our RHS Award-Winning Community Garden back up to scratch, after being neglected during the lockdowns and Covid-19



Take a pride in your neighbourhood - and bring this lovely garden back, so that the people can enjoy it to its full potential.

Get in touch - click the link below and we will send you more details. Lets all work at getting Holme Hall Unite's Community garden back to its RHS award winning standard yet again. So, please get in touch.