Welcome to Community Life. Our aim is to share the latest Community events taking place in Redditch and the surrounding area that have been shared with us. See what's on below:

JANUARY

Holocaust Memorial Day, 26th January

At this time of the year we like to start over, but that doesn't mean forgetting the past. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. We have a talk from Auschwitz survivor Mindu Hornick at this year's HMD event #12days #reflection

FEBRUARY

Lantern Walk, Primrose Hospice, Saturday 1st February 

Join Primrose Hospice at dusk to walk a beautiful 1.5 mile route around the grounds of Ragley Hall and help to light up the night sky. Whether you are joining to remember a loved one or just to enjoy the picturesque setting of Ragley Hall, the evening is set to be a magical. Click here for further information.

Spiritual & Health Event, Ahead of Wellbeing CIC, Saturday 1st February

Join Ahead of Wellbeing Company at their FREE Spiritual and Health event on Saturday 1st February. With a range of therapies available, beauty & health products to purchase, specialist advice, tarot card readings, a Neal's Yard hamper to be won & so much more, all are welcome to come along any time between 10am and 5pm, located on George Walk as you exit the doors behind PRIMARK. The events will also be held on the following Saturdays; 1st February, 7th March and 4th April 2020. More info: http://bit.ly/35bipiT

World Book Day Costume Swap with 360 PlayTown, 10th February

As a family focused business, 360 Play are always looking to the future and are always searching for ways to be more carbon friendly and sustainable. Ahead of World Book Day on Thursday 5th March we will be hosting a costume swap session on Monday 10th February. Costume swapping is the most fun way to recycle! Children get new-to-them costumes and parents get to save money and do their bit for the planet at the same time. We'd love children to have a variety of costumes to choose from so we'd love you and your school to get involved.

Here is how it works! Drop off your clean, gently used costumes to 360 Play Town between 22nd January and 10th February and they'll give you a ticket to come back to the event on 10th February after 3pm to find a new costume. If you already have a costume sorted but would still like to donate then all costume donations will be gratefully received at the centre reception.

MARCH

Marie Curie - Daffodil Appeal, Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March


On-going News & Events

Building Better Opportunities


Disability Cycling

Every Wednesday at 6.15pm,  Abbey Stadium. Everyone can have a go! http://ow.ly/sChY50pDBwj



Drawing Classes by Tony Collins

A new programme of drawing classes, led by local artist Tony Collins. Classes will be held between 10am-12pm at Canon Newton House, Kingfisher Redditch. Classes cost £4 per session with materials included and will run every Thursday.. The drawing classes are suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced. For further information, please contact Tony on 01527 544651.

To access Cannon Newton House, simply take the lifts/stairwell by The Perfume Shop up to level 2 & follow the signs to Cannon Newton House. 


Ecumenical Centre, Food & Friendship


H&M - Recycle your clothes 

Recycle your clothes & pick up a FREE £5 voucher with H&M!

When you come to your next wardrobe clear out, you can recycle old clothes and discarded textiles instead of throwing them away with H&M in just a few simple steps;

1. Ask a member of staff for a garment-collecting box at H&M at the Kingfisher
2. Drop off your unwanted clothes & textiles 
4. You'll then get rewarded with a £5 voucher to spend in-store.*

*Ask in-store at H&M for further details. £25 minimum spend per transaction.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme

Supporting Purple Tuesday's campaign, the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme is an initiative designed to act as a discreet sign that somebody has a hidden disability. These lanyards are universally recognised and can be taken and worn by people with hidden disabilities to signal that help may be required. Sunflower lanyards are available to collect from Guest Services, near Boots. 

Indigo Arts Workshops

The weekly workshops are back and they are looking for new recruits for the following :

Musicmaker Singing and Performance Workshops - Mondays: 4 - 6 year olds between 6 - 7pm, 6 - 11 year olds between 6-8pm, 12 - 18 year olds between 7-9pm 
Community Singers - Wednesdays: 25 years and over between 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Vocal Ink Creative Writing Workshops | every other Monday. 12pm

All events take place in the Arts Lab, Indigo Arts, Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Further info visit indigoarts.org.uk or email: enquiries@indigoarts.org.uk


Littlewoods Knitting Group 

Learn the craft of knitting, crochet, tunisian crochet, broom stick lace, loom work and more for. £1.50 per week including refreshments every Monday 10.30am - 12.30pm | St. Peters Church, Littlewoods, Crabbs Cross, B97 5LB


Redditch Baby Bank

The Redditch Baby Bank is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby or young children (aged 0-2 years).

They collect donations of baby clothing, equipment and toiletries which are then donated to families in Redditch and the surrounding areas who are struggling to provide these items themselves; including, but not limited to teenage mums, people seeking asylum and women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking. For more information: www.redditchbabybank.co.uk


Redditch Food Bank

Redditch foodbank relies on the community's goodwill and support to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in crisis. Food donations can be dropped off at Hays Travel, Kingfisher everyday between 9am - 5pm. For more info: https://redditch.foodbank.org.uk/

If you have any events you would like to share, please send an email to: talitha.chauhan@kingfisher-centre.co.uk