SMART and London Cyrenians Housing are re-launching their healthy living initiative- The Healthy Kickers Community Football Group on 23rd November 2011 following very successful pilot run for the past 4 months. Both SMART & LCH have a long standing history of providing support services to vulnerable people across London, and in Kensington & Chelsea in particular. In addition, this project supports Cllr. Julie Mills‚ (RBKC Mayor) launch of The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, which will draw on existing charities and expertise to tackle isolation via activity, inclusion and opportunity.
The Healthy Kickers meet every Wednesday (12-2pm) at the Westway Sports Centre and benefit from professional training by Queens Park Rangers’ coaches. Support Staff is also always be on hand to provide motivation and additional advice, to ensure participants develop the confidence to engage fully with the sessions. The sessions will cover basic fitness, graduated levels of football training and 5-7 a side matches.
We will adapt all sessions to meet the fitness & support needs of all who attend, so please encourage all service users to try, or even start by watching sessions to build their confidence. For those with more developed skills, the professional coaches will be able to challenge and improve them appropriately, within the group. find out more by clicking here
The ever popular music group has moved! It will now take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 2pm until 4pm. Pop on down to see what all the fuss is about!
August the 25th was the date for the third annual Summer Ball thrown by SMART. Our cafe and packing room were decked out in the theme of hollywood awards for this one special night! The Ball is a chance for everyone to get together to celebrate all the achievements of members over the year. People had made great progress in all projects, achieving qualifications in IT and catering, gaining access to voluntary activities in the Borough and completing ESOL and Gardening courses. Dancing carried on until late with some excellent disco dancing to the likes of Elvis and the Bee Gees!.
Signs of life are slowly returning to the garden – we just had out first Lily of the Valley sighting. During the winter we’ve had onions and garlic bulbs quietly doing their thing below ground (should be ready by summer), and the SMART gardeners have kept busy doing things until spring arrives. We moved the greenhouse to a sunnier position so we should be able to get double the amount of crops for our caf√© this year, got feeding the birds and made Christmas cards. Thanks to everyone who bought them from the caf√© and flower stall in the hospital, and do take a look at our new stamped or 3D designs. Each card is individually handmade, and prices start from ¬£1.
Following a lovely Christmas day (thank you to Response and Nick Hurd MP for paying for it and Jean and Anton for the live music!) and a great New Year’s Eve, it feels like 2011 has begun with a real bang. The beginning of the new year is a great chance to think back over the previous year – to decide what was good and what could have been better. It’s a chance to plan for the future armed with the experience of the past.
2010 was a great year for SMART – we won a 5 year lease for the building, held our second summer ball, raised enough money to cover all of our activities (including some great trips and workshops), welcomed Rebbecca to the team and re-started the garden project. There were some sad times too – several people passed away including Liz, a friend to many at SMART. We also said goodbye to Antonia as she set out on married life with a trip round the world (she’s currently working on a vineyard in Australia and having the time of her life!).
Looking forward, SMART may have some challenges ahead but we plan to face them together. We will be holding an Annual General Meeting soon to present our accounts and some ideas about what we could do in 2011 to better serve the people who use our service. We need members there so we can hear their views about how to move forward.