Portadown Cares Community Night

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our community evening last night. It was great to have an opportunity to let everyone know the work that Portadown Cares does and to get a chance to speak to you all and find out what we can do to help you. We will be following up your requests over the next few weeks, in the meantime if we can help you with anything further, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Photographs by Marie Allen Photography. (click photos to enlarge and start slideshow):

Anna Quinn, Sonya Blair and David Simpson MP ready to sample the goods

Anna Quinn, Sonya Blair and David Simpson MP ready to sample the goods

Two of the hard working PC girls, Karen Simpson and Sharon Kelly have a well earned cup of coffee

Two of the hard working PC girls, Karen Simpson and Sharon Kelly have a well earned cup of coffee

Cllr Paul Duffy, Maxine Chambers, Mr Mayor, Colm Haughian, Ashgrove Community Centre, Clifford Forbes, Craigavon Borough Council and Phyllis Abraham. A cheque for £500 was presented to Colum for Ashgrove Seniors Club to help with the running costs of their pensioners luncheon club

Cllr Paul Duffy, Maxine Chambers, Mr Mayor, Colm Haughian, Ashgrove Community Centre, Clifford Forbes, Craigavon Borough Council and Phyllis Abraham. A cheque for £500 was presented to Colum for Ashgrove Seniors Club to help with the running costs of their pensioners luncheon club

Maxine Chambers, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Shirley, Norma and Francis from Edenderry Community Development Association

Maxine Chambers, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Shirley, Norma and Francis from Edenderry Community Development Association

PC committee members pictured with Jo-Anne Dobson, MLA

PC committee members pictured with Jo-Anne Dobson, MLA

Portadown Cares Community Night

L-R David Simpson MP, Anna Quinn, volunteer, Sonya Blair, committee member, David Taylor, chairman, Phyllis Abraham, vice chairman and shop manager, Mayor of Craigavon, Cllr Mark Baxter, Cllr Darryn Causby and Cllr Robert Smith — with Sonya Blair, David Taylor, Phyllis Abraham, Cllr Mark Baxter, Darryn Causby and Robert Smith.

Lauren McCann and Sharon Kelly getting the tea and coffee on the go

Lauren McCann and Sharon Kelly getting the tea and coffee on the go

Buffet by Jasma, Edenderry

Buffet by Jasma, Edenderry

Tracie Jenkinson, PC committee, pictured with one of our principal sponsors, Caroline Pearce, Gilford Van Hir

Tracie Jenkinson, PC committee, pictured with one of our principal sponsors, Caroline Pearce, Gilford Van Hire

The Mayor gives Sonya a hand to cut the cake, guess who got the first slice?

The Mayor gives Sonya a hand to cut the cake, guess who got the first slice?

Tea Mr Mayor? — with Lauren McCann and Cllr Mark Baxter.

Tea Mr Mayor? — with Lauren McCann and Cllr Mark Baxter.

Suzanne McDonald, volunteer, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers, PC committee

Suzanne McDonald, volunteer, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers, PC committee

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A busy week for us all here at Portadown Cares, we had great interest on the page with the old Portadown photographs with loads of comments and interesting stories, bringing back memories for a lot of people of the years gone by.

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We have been helping out two local families in need, we helped one single dad with food, electric and beds for his children and another pregnant cople who were in dire need with food, electric, heating, bedding and furnishings. It is heartbreaking to see people living in such circumstances and it is at the same time fantastic to be in a position to help. A big thank you needs to go out to one of our group members Sharon and her young son who brought the second families situation to our attention.

We have been working hard behind the scenes trying to organise a volunteer recruitment drive as there is so much needs done and not enough time or people to do it.

We have also been working quietly away with our community open evening, scheduled for Wednesday 12th February 2014. Letters have went out to local community groups, residents organisations, youth groups, sponsors and all our councillors inviting them to attend. Marie Allen, one of our sponsors has kindly offered to cover the events photography. We hope to have an informal chat with everyone on the evening and ascertain if there is any way Portadown Cares can help.

We also began to organise our Silver Surfers class this week, it is a basic introduction to computers and the internet for the over 55’s. We have a professional IT tutor coming in to take the course which will run on an evening for approximately 6 weeks. The course is open to anyone over 55 and is totally free of charge. Light refreshments with be provided and transport if required.

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Tuesday evening we all visited Goal Line Youth Centre and met with the wonderful staff and the young people with learning difficulties. It was a great pleasure to hand over a cheque for £750 to them to go towards the purchase of sensory toy equipment and we have been invited back to see the equipment when it arrives.

£750 cheque for Goal Line Youth Reach

One of our committee members attended the Mayors evening at the Civic Centre on Thursday evening where she learned of the problems and need in the area in regard to mental health issues and suicide.

Several hand crocheted blankets were delivered to pensioners and the poorly in the town, these were really appreciated, especially during these colder evenings. Several bouquets of flowers were also delivered in what we term a ‘Community Hug‘ to those locally who had unfortunately been burgled.

Peggy Brennan Community Hug

We hope you find this ‘Blog’ useful and that it gives you a little insight into some of what we do. If you want to get in touch with us you can do so by pm’ing the facebook page, emailing us on info@portadowncares.org or by mobile number 07858188406.

Thanks for reading and come back soon to find out what we have been up to next.

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