Together Making a Difference

Mal Breeze March16WebHaving sent out a plea to our ministers for stuff to blog about (it can’t all be posts from me...I am not that interesting!) I was very happy to receive this piece (slightly adapted from the original) from our very own CRCW Mal Breeze. It’s a little snapshot of what he has been up to recently and highlights some great things going on in the community where he is based.

Interfaith Work: Two schools from Nelson and Feniscowles visited Westbury Gardens in February as part of the interfaith work and enjoyed taking part in a treasure hunt around the building to discover the symbols that are used and learn about how we worship.

Ministers’ Winter School: Mal attended Ministers’ Winter School along with Lena. The theme was around working with congregations aged over 65 which was led by Ann Morisy. A very interesting and enlightening time was had by all.

Hate Crime Conference: Mal and Lena along with Derek Estil also attended a Hate Crime Conference organised by BwD Council which was very interesting and highlighted the complex issues around hate crimes in Blackburn and Lancashire.

Arts project: This project with St. Antony's Primary School year four pupils in partnership with Hillside Residents has been a great success. They made two large mountain scenes and did some weaving using small handmade looms and learned how to use a much bigger one, again handmade.

Memory Café Project: Mal has been working with Revidge Fold to develop a Dementia Friendly Memory Café. Planning is well underway. The café will be called ‘The Open Door Memory Café’ which will be operated on a drop-in basis in partnership with various agencies and other churches in the area.

Training will be given and anyone who would like to get involved in helping with the project should speak either to Mal or Elizabeth Bradley. There are various ways in which people can get involved including; making tea and coffee, meeting and greeting, talking with and listening to those who attend, helping with activities and much more.

One way people can get involved is by knitting Twiddlemuffs (a pattern is available from the elders in each church or from Mal. Donations of wool and buttons etc will also be most welcome.

To find out about Mal's CRCW project, click here. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Mal on 01254 674862 or speak to any member of the steering group.