MAY – AUGUST 2023 – SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING

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Are you part of our Woman2woman Project? 

Would you like to enjoy the series of events & activities every 2nd & 3rd Monday of the Month? 

Click on the link to register your interest to be updated on upcoming events this year.

Our next event – Afternoon Tea is on Monday 12th June, 1-3 PM at the BME Wellness Centre, Croydon. 

Make your summer a memorable one with Woman2woman Project

Together we Support, Encourage & Empower one another.

Afternoon Craft Session

Therapy through Art
Join us for a relaxing and enjoyable creative art session.
 
 
You will have the opportunity to make an individualised poster that will serve as a memory board and or as a creative opening that promotes therapy through art.
 
 
Learn about colour and texture and end up with a individualised finished product/poster to take home
 

Read all about it….Something new!

Twice a month along with other volunteers, Jay volunteers for the Ministry of Empowerment – Woman2woman Empower2Engage project, at the BME Wellness Center in Croydon.

Jay is a dental phobic.. has to be knocked out to have any work done. She hates marmite but she just loves
helping people and being useful. When she smiles 😅 others smile.

Jay’s volunteer tagline is, “Ask Me!, I am here to help.” So Jay was asked to write a blog for the Empower2Engage project. She Said yes. I wonder why? Read Jay’s blog to find the answer.

The first person that sends the correct answer can collect their prize at our next session on Monday 18th July 2022.

Here’s Jay’s first blog.

On Monday 11th July 2022, Afternoon Tea was extra special.. Why you ask? cos our lovely Sis Dorothy was present, such a surprise n as they say, a sight for sore eyes. I watched members as they entered the Wellness Centre, and saw the expressions of shock, and surprise 🙂 on their faces. I watched them as they stumbled towards her, the hugs and questions..’Is it really you ‘ and all thanking God for preserving her.

She quickly brought us to attention like a judge bringing order and like children we gave her our attention. Introductions were made by way of a brain teaser. ‘Turn to someone you don’t know and find out three things about them. Register went round. She walked the room like the teacher she is, with tongue twisters,  that to my distress I have forgotten.  😆 ‘Larry likes to relax 🤣…something or other…’  The volunteers moved among members supplying refreshments. Sis Althea sat alone in the back, camera at the ready. ..’Cos, she doesn’t like us foreigners’ was thrown in her direction.

The word search was handed out and Sis Beverly received a food package as the winner in completing the most words. Yours truly was blindsided, didn’t see the words at the bottom, but next time Sis, the challenge is on.  The raffle was done and winners happily collected their prizes that were creatively packaged by Enid Thomas.

Jay spoke on the forthcoming vacation to 🦃.

The brief exercise session was hilarious as chosen people were invited to the centre and we proved to be an extremely flexible lot. Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell watch out. Indeed!

All in all, it was, as I said in the beginning extra special with lots of good medicine. Laughter 🤣🤣🤣.

This is my first blog ever, so be nice. Have to add that..didn’t want to do it but Teacher will fine me otherwise..She luvs to fine big time.. Promise to do better next time, Teach.

Signing out.

Jay Hendricks

Empower2Engage (E2E) project provides activities to:

-reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by over 55s,

-offers opportunities to socialise, meet new people and develop friendships

-engage empowering and inspiring guest Speakers

We are recruiting volunteers

Ministry of Empowerment depends on volunteers to share their skills, interests, or talents that will enable us to meet the needs of others.

We are recruiting volunteers who can make a vital contribution to many aspects of community life.  

Everyone can volunteer.

All you need is some energy, spare time, and a wish to use these for something worthwhile.

WHY VOLUNTEER
Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose. Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

I HAVE A DISABILITY. CAN I STILL VOLUNTEER?
People with disabilities or chronic health conditions can still benefit greatly from volunteering.   Whether due to a disability, a lack of transportation, or time constraints, many people choose to volunteer their time via phone or computer. 

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD YOU VOLUNTEER?
Volunteering doesn’t have to take over your life to be beneficial. In fact, research shows that just two to three hours per week, or about 100 hours a year, can confer the most benefits—to both you and your chosen cause. The important thing is to volunteer only the amount of time that feels comfortable to you. Volunteering should feel like a fun and rewarding hobby, not another chore on your to-do list.

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the Ministry of Empowerment’s needs. 

Ask yourself the following:

*Would you like to work with adults, children, animals, or remotely from home?
*Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
*Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
*How much time are you willing to commit?
*What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
*What causes are important to you?
*Consider your goals and interests

You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Think about why you want to volunteer. What would you enjoy doing? The opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling.

Meet some of our volunteers…

2022 Valentine Memories

Join us either at the Hub for Face2Face session or via Zoom as we engage in creative activities and share stories about: 

* Strange Encounters   
* Romantic memories 
* Funny Moments   

* Sad Times

Joining via Zoom ?

Meeting ID: 892 4422 3330
Passcode: Amen

Click below to confirm how you will be attending the Afternoon Tea Sessions – Empower2Engage

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday 14th  February 2022 @ 1.30pm either at The Hub or on Zoom   

Almost forgot!!  Wear something …’Red’