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Phone lines open on Wednesday 23 May at 9.30am.   Please call 01793 406004 and select option 3 to book.  

Don't forget to check the size of the challenge indicated by looking at the key at the bottom.

206 Be tea-rrific!

Challenge group size:  M 

Alzheimer's Society & Swindon Dementia Action Alliance

What's the challenge?

Alzheimer's Society Swindon is committed to support people affected by dementia through care, support, research and campaigning. They work with those diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

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They would really like a team to organise an afternoon vintage tea dance for people living with dementia and their carers. This could take place in a town hall or community space big enough to accommodate around 30-40 people. The tea will provide an enjoyable and memorable experience for those with dementia and for those who look after them. Join in with vintage music and dancing  and listen to their past experiences. Some refreshments would be much appreciated too.

207 Twirl with Twigs!

Challenge group size:  F 

Friends of Twigs

What's the challenge?

The Friends of Twigs charity exists to support two local mental health projects, TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon) and the Olive Tree Café.  TWIGS are one of the leading mental health charities in the town. Their service users are on a journey back to full mental health and TWIGS help them along this path through gardening and art and craft therapies.

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Please organise a barn dance in the Autumn, with tickets to be sold to members of the public to raise money for Friends of TWIGS. They have the ceilidh band already sorted but still need to find a venue and ... people! 

The date will need to be agreed with the band. Can you help the event to be a real twirling success?  

208 Dream BIG!

Challenge group size:  F

Carer Support Wiltshire

What's the challenge?

Carer Support Wiltshire is one of your Swindon charity partners. They help carers of all ages to access the support they need, to help them continue caring for their loved ones, without sacrificing their own health and putting their own lives on hold.

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Carer Support would like you to organise and deliver a fun, educational workshop at Zurich's Swindon offices for ten young adult carers. Young carers can often leave education with fewer qualifications and less work experience. Materials will be made available, covering effective budgeting and managing everyday finances along with basic work ready skills such as CV writing and interview aids. Not only will these vital aids help them in their caring roles, but they will give them a taste of working life and inspire them to dream big! You will also need to provide lunch and transport for the group. A weekday during half-term would be best.

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209 Bat and Bowl!

 Challenge group size:  F

Swindon Bats Sports & Social Club for the Visually Impaired 

What's the challenge?

The Swindon Bats Sports & Social Club for the Visually Impaired was founded in February 2006 when a group of visually impaired people got together to play tenpin bowling.  They now play regularly every Wednesday. Some of them even play in the National Blind Tenpin Bowling Association league and have had some success.

Their social club also meets every other Monday afternoon for a chat with a cup of tea or coffee. 

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They would like to challenge a Zurich team to a tenpin bowling tournament on a week day evening from 6.30 to approximately 9 pm. This would involve 8-10 of their members and the same number of Zurich volunteers. The idea would be to play two games of tenpin bowling matching two volunteers with two members on each lane, using 4-5 lanes in total. Volunteers will be required to wear simulation glasses for part of the time to give an idea of what it is like to live with a visual impairment. You may also be required to guide a visually impaired person up to bowl.

210 Feed the Phoenix!

Challenge group size:  S

Phoenix Enterprises

What's the challenge?

Phoenix Enterprises, one of our local multi year partners, support adults with physical disabilities or mental health issues by providing training and employment opportunities working in a direct mail service environment. Their service users gain work based skills in a controlled and safe environment.

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In addition to providing "work ready" training, their service users also need to develop many of the basic life skills most of us take for granted. An essential part of this is understanding the importance of a healthy diet as part of a balanced, healthy life style. 

To achieve this, Phoenix Enterprises would like to run up to five 45 minute "hands-on" mini workshops on diet and basic culinary skills, from a professional dietitian.  Up to 30 service users will benefit from this practical experience.  The total cost is around the £300 mark.  A great fundraising challenge!

 

211 On their marks...

Challenge group size:  F

Phoenix Enterprises

What's the challenge?

Phoenix Enterprises support adults with physical disabilities or mental health issues by providing training and employment opportunities working in a direct mail service environment. Their service users gain work based skills in a controlled and safe environment.

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To develop social users' social skills, teamwork, confidence and self esteem, they would like you to organise a fun sports day for up to 30 service users.  So over to you and your team to get creative and design events which are fun, developmental and involve activity!  In addition, they would like to present participation medals or certificates to all participants, provide some refreshments and perhaps some entertainment and possibly transport for the day.

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212   999 Emergency Call

Challenge group size:  F 

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

What's the challenge?

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service run the Salamander Project. This is an accredited five day firefighting course that also covers topics such as Basic Life Support, Food Safety, Internet Safety and Employability Skills.The emphasis is on the participants developing new skills and understanding some of the skills of a modern firefighter, as well as gaining from the mentoring role provided by the firefighter instructors.

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The challenge is to raise the funds for a one day Salamander experience in mid-late September for a group of 16 learners from Crowdys Hill School - and to assist on the day itself. The day will be used as a team building session for students as they start a new school year. Focus will be on improving confidence & communication skills, building self-esteem and team work for those with moderate learning difficulties and complex needs.  

You will need to raise £500 and Zurich have pledged to match the monies raised. Activities will include working with hoses, pumps and hydrants, ladders, smokehouse and RTC - Road Traffic Collision work - cutting up cars. 100% matching applies and there are two challenges of this type available

213 Scores on the doors

Challenge group size:  F

The Open Door Centre

What's the challenge?

The Open Door Centre exists to make a positive difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities, enabling them to achieve their highest potential.

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Please get involved and run an event at Open Door for attendees.  Ideas include 'Life in 1985' ie the year Open Door started, with suitably themed clothes, food, music and films.  Or how about a World Cup theme, with information about the teams, players and countries involved, plus songs, penalty shots and Swindon Town players?  Over to you to get your thinking caps on!

214 On their marks...

Challenge group size:  F

GLL

What's the challenge?

GLL are a Social Enterprise and currently run the Generation Gains Pilot in Swindon. Generation Gains is ZCT's Social Transformation Programme which focuses on delivering a variety of activities for older people over 65 to reduce loneliness and isolation, whilst also providing apprenticeship training for young people who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training - or at risk of becoming NEET.

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They would love you to arrange an adapted Walking Football match (or mini tournament depending on numbers) including participants who currently attend a weekly Walking Football session, apprentices and Zurich employees followed by afternoon tea or picnic. This would be held on a Monday at the Croft Sports Centre. We would anticipate approximately 8 -12 of the participants would attend. The apprentices currently run the weekly session so have experience in refereeing.

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