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Make your donation to Reach worth double this Christmas

Great news!

Donate to our “Small Changes, Big Difference” project via the 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge and see your gift double!

£10 becomes £20, £25 becomes £50… and so on.

Your gift will help people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire learn how to be healthier and reduce their risk of diabetes and other serious conditions.

This is possible because we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

We are aiming to raise £40,000 through the Big Give. Please help us to support local people with learning disabilities to feel fitter and happier today and reduce their risk of poor health tomorrow. Read more about how your gift can make a difference here.

Our Stories

Tom has been working with a volunteer Mike on a project to build a new wood store at Flower Pod. The idea was for Mike to be a mentor for Tom so that he could realise more of his potential, participate more fully at Flower Pod and increase his confidence.

This has proved to be hugely successful – Tom has completely taken ownership of this project from the planning stage to completion and he is clearly proud of his achievement. Furthermore, there has been a huge change in Tom’s attitude – he always arrives on time and stays until the end of the session, he is willing to try different activities and he is now peer mentoring other Flower Pod clients how to use the tools.

Tom says: ‘working with Mike makes me happy …I love working with him, it makes me feel relaxed.’ Tom has reduced his smoking whilst at Flower Pod and says: ‘I have only had one cigarette today, being occupied, busy and enjoying what I am doing makes me forget smoking.’

Tom is now working on a plan to help build and design a new shed at home using the skills he has recently learnt on the wood shed project.

Tom (left) sharing his electric sanding skills with Kelvin (right)

Along with cutting down on smoking and working outdoors, Tom’s increased confidence and independence is clearly beneficial for his mental health and self-esteem. But what is often overlooked is how important social connections are to our health and wellbeing. Tom’s story demonstrates how providing positive activities and opportunities to engage with others has manifold benefits to health.

The Institute of Health Equity’s recent Report ‘A Fair, Supportive Society’ documents how social factors such as loneliness, social isolation, discrimination all play a role in poor health. At Flower Pod and other Reach centres people can gain the skills they need to feel more confident in participating in community life, making new social connections and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. This in turn benefits their health and wellbeing.

Val has been coming to Reach Mansfield for approximately 3 years. She attends for four days a week and enjoys taking part in a variety of sessions. Val has Type 2 Diabetes and took part in Reach Mansfield’s Diabetes six month pilot project in 2017.

Val can describe how she has made changes to her everyday choices to help her be healthier and to reach her own health goals. She has achieved her main goal of reducing her use of vending machines. Since she set the goal she hasn’t bought anything at all from the vending machine. She explains: “I stopped it because it has chocolate in and that is fattening so I don’t have it… I don’t have the crisps out the machine either.” The Diabetes nurse has told Val how she is very happy with her progress.

It is clear Val knows exercise plays a very important role in staying healthy and by attending Reach Dance, Fitness and Nutrition, and Swimming classes, she is improving her fitness and activity levels. Val is keen to point out that she always shares any cakes and desserts she takes home from Make and Bake!

How your matched donation can make a difference

You can make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire

Reach Christmas Events Schedule

(Big Give donation stations available at all events during Big Give Week)

Tuesday 27th November

Southwell Christmas Sing Along, Southwell Library, Free event, 7.00pm
Mansfield Coffee Morning, Reach Mansfield, 10.15am - 11.45am

Wednesday 28th November

Silver Star Diabetes Screening, Reach Newark 10am - 3pm
Newark Coffee Afternoon, Reach Newark, 1pm - 3pm

Thursday 29th November

Southwell Donation Station open and free mince pies!
Reach Southwell, 1pm - 6pm
Mansfield Auction, Reach Mansfield, 6.45pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 1st December

Newark Christmas Fair, Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall 10am - 12pm
Quirky Quiz Night, Southwell Golf Club, 7pm

Sunday 9th December

Santa Run, Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, 11am, family friendly event

Share this Page

Make your donation to Reach worth double this Christmas

Great news!

Donate to our “Small Changes, Big Difference” project via the 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge and see your gift double!

£10 becomes £20, £25 becomes £50… and so on.

Your gift will help people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire learn how to be healthier and reduce their risk of diabetes and other serious conditions.

This is possible because we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

We are aiming to raise £40,000 through the Big Give. Please help us to support local people with learning disabilities to feel fitter and happier today and reduce their risk of poor health tomorrow. Read more about how your gift can make a difference here.

Our Stories

Tom has been working with a volunteer Mike on a project to build a new wood store at Flower Pod. The idea was for Mike to be a mentor for Tom so that he could realise more of his potential, participate more fully at Flower Pod and increase his confidence.

This has proved to be hugely successful – Tom has completely taken ownership of this project from the planning stage to completion and he is clearly proud of his achievement. Furthermore, there has been a huge change in Tom’s attitude – he always arrives on time and stays until the end of the session, he is willing to try different activities and he is now peer mentoring other Flower Pod clients how to use the tools.

Tom says: ‘working with Mike makes me happy …I love working with him, it makes me feel relaxed.’ Tom has reduced his smoking whilst at Flower Pod and says: ‘I have only had one cigarette today, being occupied, busy and enjoying what I am doing makes me forget smoking.’

Tom is now working on a plan to help build and design a new shed at home using the skills he has recently learnt on the wood shed project.

Tom (left) sharing his electric sanding skills with Kelvin (right)

Along with cutting down on smoking and working outdoors, Tom’s increased confidence and independence is clearly beneficial for his mental health and self-esteem. But what is often overlooked is how important social connections are to our health and wellbeing. Tom’s story demonstrates how providing positive activities and opportunities to engage with others has manifold benefits to health.

The Institute of Health Equity’s recent Report ‘A Fair, Supportive Society’ documents how social factors such as loneliness, social isolation, discrimination all play a role in poor health. At Flower Pod and other Reach centres people can gain the skills they need to feel more confident in participating in community life, making new social connections and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. This in turn benefits their health and wellbeing.

Val has been coming to Reach Mansfield for approximately 3 years. She attends for four days a week and enjoys taking part in a variety of sessions. Val has Type 2 Diabetes and took part in Reach Mansfield’s Diabetes six month pilot project in 2017.

Val can describe how she has made changes to her everyday choices to help her be healthier and to reach her own health goals. She has achieved her main goal of reducing her use of vending machines. Since she set the goal she hasn’t bought anything at all from the vending machine. She explains: “I stopped it because it has chocolate in and that is fattening so I don’t have it… I don’t have the crisps out the machine either.” The Diabetes nurse has told Val how she is very happy with her progress.

It is clear Val knows exercise plays a very important role in staying healthy and by attending Reach Dance, Fitness and Nutrition, and Swimming classes, she is improving her fitness and activity levels. Val is keen to point out that she always shares any cakes and desserts she takes home from Make and Bake!

How your matched donation can make a difference

You can make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire

Reach Christmas Events Schedule

(Big Give donation stations available at all events during Big Give Week)
Tuesday 27th November

Southwell Christmas Sing Along, Southwell Library, Free event, 7.00pm
Mansfield Coffee Morning, Reach Mansfield, 10.15am - 11.45am

Wednesday 28th November

Silver Star Diabetes Screening, Reach Newark 10am - 3pm
Newark Coffee Afternoon, Reach Newark, 1pm - 3pm

Thursday 29th November

Southwell Donation Station open and free mince pies!
Reach Southwell, 1pm - 6pm
Mansfield Auction, Reach Mansfield, 6.45pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 1st December

Newark Christmas Fair, Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall 10am - 12pm
Rob Z Quiz Night, Southwell Golf Club, 7pm

Sunday 9th December

Santa Run, Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, 11am, family friendly event

“At Reach I see my friends and we all learn about getting on with people.”Helen, Reach client

We are holding ‘Open Days’ at our Southwell, Newark and Mansfield centres during Christmas Challenge week and offering on-line donation booths for supporters without on-line access. Our Southwell centre will also be open during Southwell’s Late Night Shopping on 30th November. Full details on our events calendar or this leaflet.

Big Give information

  • We are aiming to raise £25,000 in one week towards learning and social activities for people with learning disabilities undertaken at Reach centres in Mansfield, Newark and Southwell.
  • On-line donations on our Big Give Christmas Challenge page will be matched pound for pound from our ‘matched funding pot’ until the ‘pot’ is exhausted.So for example£10 from you + £10 from our Big Give matched funding pot = £20
  • Please note donations can only be doubled between midday on 28th November to midday on 5th December and only via the Big Give Christmas Challenge portal – not the Reach website.
  • The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national matched funding campaign. More info at www.thebiggive.org.uk