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Volunteering information evening, Wednesday 12th March, Portadown Cares shop at 7.30pm, everyone welcome! We are in the process of registering for the Millennium Volunteers program, the certificates look great on a C.V. or UCAS application! #localicraigavon

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Evening 13th march 2014

FREE drug and alcohol awareness evening in Portadown town hall, Thursday 13th March at 7.30pm. An informal, interactive evening to let parents and guardians know what is on the streets, what to look out for and how to help your child. No Power Points, homework or anything else boring! Light refreshments will be provided. If anyone wants to take it further after the event we can take you down the road of recognised qualifications in the form of OCN 1, 2 and 3. To book your place pm us, e-mail info@portadowncares.org or Tel – 07858188406 #localicraigavon

Going Commando for Charity

So who’s up for it?….If on 7 March you notice your male colleagues looking a bit more relaxed around the trouser area, that may be because they’ve decided to shun the undies drawer for a day, to try and raise awareness for prostate, testicular and bowel cancer.

As part of a new campaign, the charity Male Cancer Awareness Campaign have created a day called Going Commando (part of the Balls Out Challenge) to stem the embarrassment that men feel when talking about health issues. Will you join in? #localicraigavon

Computer Lessons

Do any of you know anyone over the age of 55 who would be interested in FREE computer lessons? We are running a basic computer and internet course on a Monday morning, starting on Monday 24th March at 10.30am in the town hall lasting 5 weeks with a break for Easter. It will cover things such as writing a letter using Word, sending and receiving e-mails and how to use the internet. It will be a fun relaxed environment, a chance to get out of the house and meet new people, refreshments will be provided. If you know anyone who would be interested please let them know. #localicraigavon

Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Evening

The Ted Clarke Trust working with PIPS Charity are hosting a Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Evening at Shamrock Park on Friday 14th March. The FREE session is aimed at coaches, mentors, volunteers and fans giving them the knowledge to spot the signs of someone feeling suicidal. The evening commences at 6.30pm until 8.30pm, there are currently a few spaces available. Anyone wishing to avail of this is asked to email there interest to community@portadownfc.co.uk

The following are a few stats regarding suicide in Northern Ireland –

More people die of suicide than are killed on the roads
Males suicide rate five times higher than females
Suicide kills one million people a year worldwide
One person takes their own life every 40 seconds

More people die of suicide each year than war and murder combined
The critical age males take their own lives is 25-29
The critical age females take their own lives is 50-59
Alcohol abusers one of highest risks of taking their own lives
We must get to know the suicidal risk factors

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

Portadown Cares Latest News

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.

Portadown Cares

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£750 for Goal Line Youth Reach!

The Portadown Cares team tonight presented a cheque for £750 to the Goal Line Youth Reach learning disabilities kids. The money will be used to buy specialised sensory play equipment for the local children who attend. Such lovely young people and fantastic leaders who are totally dedicated to the young people in their care. It was a real pleasure to help out!