Children’s Trust weekly update


1. This year’s World Mental Health Awareness week (MHAW18) commences on 14th May 2018. Jacqui Waite from Bury Council is putting together a programme of activities, sources of information, etc for people in Bury. She will promote via press releases, Bury Directory, email and social media leading up to and during MHAW18. If you have anything planned, would like to advertise your activities, share resources or become involved with the programme, please e-mail Jacqui . Jacqui would welcome your ideas about how to use the week to raise awareness mental health issues and tackle stigma as well as letting people know how to get help, support and information.

2. Jigsaw (Bury) is a registered charity, based in the borough of Bury, comprised of two sub-groups: Jigsaw and Jigsaw Link. We are a member-led organisation, aiming to promote fun, freedom and independence for disabled people. We work to prevent social isolation, improve the self-esteem of our members and increase community integration.

Jigsaw is a sports and social group for young disabled people, aged between 13 and 40. We aim to support our members to enjoy an active social life, to reach their sporting potential and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, running sports and social activities on average six days a week. Jigsaw Link provides a one-to-one befriending service for people over the age of 50 who are disabled or have an age related condition. We also offer a weekly luncheon club and social outings throughout the year, as well as an Older People’s Active Living Programme and a telephone befriending service.

The Board of Trustees is currently looking for applicants to join the Trustee Board in the position of Treasurer as the incumbent is having to step down due to health issues. Fulfilling this role will entail preparation of monthly financial reports, annual budgets and year end accounts in addition to helping the organisation to work towards a strategic vision and achieve its aims of promoting fun, freedom and independence for disabled people. We require someone who would be available to attend board meetings on the second Thursday evening of every month. If you would like more information and/or are interested in applying, please ring 0161 253 6853.

3. Applications are now open for Groundwork’s next cohort of Traineeships – – the perfect opportunity for young people to get qualifications & work experience in Youth Work, Landscaping/Horticulture and Construction. These 12-18 week courses include a Level 1 qualification, a quality work experience placement, employability sessions and careers guidance, as well as literacy and numeracy support. The courses are ideal for anyone looking to take their first steps into employment or an Apprenticeship. All travel expenses are covered. Please see the Groundwork website for further info. You can find Groundwork’s latest newsletter at this link. Information received from Frances Muscatelli

4. Information received from Rachel Davis, Bury Council, . Bury Council, along with a number of local partners, are undertaking an exercise to understand what parenting support is available locally. The information will be used to better understand what is available to families in Bury and to optimise the parenting support offer.

Parenting support can come in a variety of different forms and can range from informal social groups/coffee mornings to recognised training courses or intensive support. If you provide any kind of parenting or family support/service, please can you take the time to fill out this short survey The survey will be closed on Monday 30th April.

5. Information from Lenke Csaba-Ashton, Bury Libraries:
• The shortlists for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were announced on 15th March. This is the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people. It celebrates the best in children’s writing and illustration respectively, medals are unique in being judged by children’s librarians and will be announced on 18 June. Find out more at
• Borrowbox is a new eBooks and eAudiobooks service where you can download then read or listen to thousands of books. From Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 April we’ll be celebrating ‘Borrowbox Week’! If you’re new to downloadable books call into one of our libraries and ask us about Borrowbox? Or, call into the Mill Gate Shopping Centre (near TJ Hughes) on Tuesday 24 April, between 11 and 3 where help will be at hand at our Borrowbox stall. Anyone borrowing an eBook or eAudiobook from Tuesday 24 April until Sunday 20 May will be entered into a free prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a 16GB tablet (prize draw will take place on 21 May).

6. Holiday Activities & Food Research Fund: Dept for Education is inviting organisations to apply for grants to fund the provision of enriching activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children in 2018 summer holidays. For more information, including application form and specification, click on the link. Closing date 18 April. Information from Gov.UK 28 March 2018.