What's On

New Activity Group  at Whitewell Bottom

Our new dementia-friendly activity group is held on the first Thursday of the month from 1-3pm at the lovely Whitewell Bottom Community Centre. This group is a pilot which is supported by a grant from the NHS  Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board, administered by Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS.

There are arts and crafts activities, games, chat, laughter and refreshments.
We hope to see you there.

No need to book - just come along!

Whitaker Activity Group

Our next meeting will be on Friday 15th December 20232:30-4pm
The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall BB4 6RE

We will be having our Christmas party, and some musical entertainment. We hope to see you there.
Christmas jumpers encouraged!

November Meeting

We had fun and lots of laughter at our November activity group, making turkeys from pine cones, felt and feathers. This was a great activity for reminiscing about times past and our participants created some wonderful turkeys.

October Meeting

Our Activity Group and Carers’ Group came together at our October meeting, where we were delighted to welcome Goofus Theatre, who performed `There's A Memory Somewhere' - a non-verbal story of journey & discovery told with music, puppetry & play. We really enjoyed the production, where table top puppet Abigail discovers a strange world where objects came alive, friendships were found & connections from the strangest of places were discovered.

We were able to look at the puppets after the production, including Abigail, the duck and ‘Grandad’, who was a much larger puppet, and find out about how they are used.

In customary fashion, we rounded the afternoon off with brews and cake.


September Meeting

We had great fun making birdfeeders from cardboard tubes, peanut butter, jam and bird seed. It was a bit messy, but there was lots of great conversation and laughter! Our Carers' Group were visited by Anne from In Mind Therapies who kindly shared her therapy room wellbeing tips on reframing our thoughts, recognising our feelings and learning to live in the moment.

Plenty of chat over brews and biscuits to finish.

August break

We don't have our usual Activity group and Dementia Carer's Group meetings at the Whitaker during August, due to holidays.Our next meeting will be on Friday 15th September 2:30-4:00pm at the Whitaker.
Our Shed groups will still run during August.

We have various fundraisers going on in August:
Tesco Rawtenstall - Information stand and bucket collection on Saturday 5th August

Elliot's 112 mile walk fundraiser. Please consider sponsoring Elliot as he walks the 112 miles from his home to the Shed to raise funds for us. Click here to read about his fundraiser and donate - every donation no matter how small really helps.

July meeting

Our July meeting will be on Friday 21st July 2:30-4:00pm at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Haslingden Road BB4 6RE

Activity Group - painting activity, conversation
Dementia Carers' Group - peer support and discussion

Refreshments served

These groups are both free, but we welcome donations to help with our costs

June Meeting

We hope to see you at The Whitaker on Friday 16th June from 2:30-4:00pm

May Meeting

Our May meeting will be the official opening of The Beacon Shed and we will be pleased to welcome the current Mayor of Rossendale, representatives of local community groups, Rossendale Leisure Trust and of course our members. We are very excited to be opening the Shed, which is the first dementia-friendly Shed in the UK. We hope you are able to join us.

Some photos from our April meeting

April Meeting

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 21st April at The Whitaker for our Activity Group and Dementia Carers' Group.