Dancing with Catherine

Welcome back to Catherine from Creative Pathways who is going to be starting 15 more weeks of Dancing at Bank House starting today.

We want to thank Creative Pathways for providing these sessions, we had so much fun dancing earlier this year and are very excited to start again.

Anyone is welcome to come along and join in (Monday’s @ 12:30pm) the class is suitable for all! No dancing experience is needed as Catherine will guide you through everything.

Tennis at Maurice Lee

We are currently playing tennis every Thursday morning (10:30am) at Maurice Lee Memorial Park. Please come along and join in whilst the weather is nice.

You can either come to Bank House for 10:15am to walk up with Tom or meet him there at 10:30am.

Disposable Cameras

We have recently been lucky enough to be granted some money to run a couple of different projects.

One of these is a photography project aimed at helping us to stay connected throughout these difficult times.
We have a number of disposable cameras and encourage anyone to come in and collect one. The idea is then to take a photo each day and before returning the camera to us to get it developed. This will leave us with a great collection of photos of things that people have been doing and we plan on creating a couple of books to go around Bank House for everyone to look at.

We’re All Vaccinated

We are happy to say that all staff are now fully vaccinated!

We know that most of our members have also had either one, or both of their vaccinations so we are all well on our way to getting back to ‘normal’.

We do encourage everyone to get the vaccine as we want to help protect the most vulnerable in our community.

If anyone has any questions about the Covid-19 vaccine or if anyone needs help trying to book an appointment please just let us know and we will be happy to help!

Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Award

Today our very own Jon has been presented with the Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Award!! This is to thank him for all of his work, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting our community!

Thank you very much to Terry McDermott (Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire) for visiting us today and presenting Jon with his award.

Congratulations Jon you definitely deserve it!

Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Today is the start of the government roadmap out of Lockdown. We hope that this is the real start of getting back to normal and us being able to welcome you all back into Bank House.

Although this is great news we also understand that this is just a plan. We all need to continue doing our part and following the government guidance to ensure that this roadmap goes ahead as planned.

We also know that it is going to be very stressful transitioning back into ‘normal’ life after such a long time. If anyone needs any extra support surrounding this please feel free to let us know and we will do our absolute best to support you in any way we can.

Also if anyone has any questions or is struggling to understand the new roadmap please ask us and we will do our best to help you understand.

We hope everyone continues to stay safe and hopefully we will all be back together soon!

Bye Matt

Unfortunately this month we had to say goodbye to Matt one of our support workers. It is a shame we weren’t able to all say goodbye in person but we have loved having him as part of our team. We wish him all the best in his future and hope that he will continue coming to see us when he gets the chance.

Happy New Year

We want to wish everyone a happy new year!

We know that things have been very different and difficult this past year and unfortunately it appears that we won’t be back to ‘normal’ for a little while. However we are very hopeful that this year we will get to be back together again at some point and we are trying to remain positive until this time comes.

We want to reassure you all that we will continue to be there for anyone who needs help and we will try and support you in anyway possible. Please continue to contact us if there is anything you need.

We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us this year with time, money and food etc we could not have adapted our service in the way we did with out you all.

And thank you to all of our members for being understanding and patient with us during this difficult time.

Merry Christmas

Thank you to everyone for another fantastic Christmas Day. We are sad that we couldn’t all celebrate together in person this year but thanks to some amazing volunteers we were able to deliver Christmas dinner to 60 different households today.

We wanted to say a big thank you to Sargent Nizzer and PC Wheldon (from the South Derbyshire Safer Neighbourhoods Team) who volunteered, helping us deliver Christmas dinner. We wouldn’t have been able to reach this many people without their support. We would also like to thank Leah Reed from SDDC Environmental Health who not only helped deliver on Christmas Day but also spent her entire Christmas Eve helping us to prepare all of the food.

Whilst we were very limited as to what we could do for Christmas this year, it was fantastic to see so many people on Christmas Day and we look forward to hopefully returning to our usual activities next year. We hope you have all had a great day celebrating in whatever way you could.

Meet Jen

Due to Covid-19 many of you have not had the pleasure of meeting one our new support workers, Jen. Unfortunately, Jen started right before the March 23rd Lockdown and didn’t get the chance to spend much time in Bank House before we had to close.

Here are a few words from Jen:

“On entering Bank House, I instantly knew it was a place I wanted to work. The building holds a warm and caring atmosphere that can only be created by the care of the staff and love of the service users. I was delighted to get the call offering me the position of support worker and I started my role in March 2020. After meeting the other members of staff and beginning to get to know the service users, it was confirmed to me that Bank House was a place I felt I belonged and I was excited to be a part of the great work that is done there. 

Sadly, I was only able to work for 2 weeks before we had to lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I stayed connected by being involved in Bank House’s social media and through this I continued to form connections with the service users. I was humbled by the continued efforts of the team to keep the vulnerable fed during this difficult time. 

When the restrictions lifted, and we were able to host a small number of service users, I formed a Covid support group of 6 individuals. Focusing on how they coped during lockdown, offering support and ideas for others and sharing both positive and negative effects of the pandemic. The group proved to be very popular and a second group was set up to expand the support. Sadly, we had to go back in to lockdown again and we had to stop meeting as a group. Over the following months I became involved in the promotion of Bank House through social media and connecting to individuals and companies that may be able to support Bank House in the future. 

I’m keen to get back to work in 2021, be reunited with my colleagues, restart my groups and hopefully see the doors opened and welcome back the people who rely so much on the support provided by Bank House. Bank House is a truly special and much needed resource and it is an honour to be part of the team.”