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Issue  No.6   June 2019.

The brilliant news this month is that Jeanette is getting better after her long period of inactivity. She has paid for a lot of treatment to her affected shoulder, resulting that she is now able to drive and continue her great work for us. She has still not completely recovered, but says she is improving daily.

Jeanette has been welcomed at Monday Club and Wednesday Club and we are enjoying her wonderful cakes once more. The main thing though is that she is looking so much better, and she is back.

We are now busily preparing for our Garden Party. This has been planned for Sunday 16th June, from 2-5pm. The Garden Party will of course be held at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL

We really need to have your input as to what we should provide. We have our lovely garden. The Sensory Garden has been refurbished. It looks great. We have also provided new tables and chairs for the patio. They will shortly be with us.

We have invited a small group called 'Only Ukes' to play for us and at present they will entertain from 3-4pm that afternoon. Of course we shall also have Hugh's disco at the beginning and end of the event. A couple of us went to the Cox Green fete, to hear them playing, and we thought they were very good entertainment.

The Garden Party is not just for Mencap. We hope that other users of Highview will join us too, and many other people from outside. Highview houses several organisations. The Alzheimer's Society is based with us and their members enjoy activities each week.

Recharge R&R have taken over the first floor offices that had been vacated by Berkshire Carers [formerly Princess Royal Trust Carers' Service], when the local authority closed them. Recharge R&R provide assistance for vulnerable families.

Maidenhead Voluntary Car Service have had an office on the ground floor at Highview for over 40 years. They were formerly called Maidenhead Volunteer Bureau. Their service is now restricted to driving, and they provide a valuable means of getting old, sick and disabled people to attend hospital and surgery visits.

Another Group that has been at Highview for generations, is Highview Toy Library. This was formerly called Thames Valley Toy Library. We rescued the organisation when they floundered and dropped the charity status. It is now working successfully every Wednesday from 10am-12noon, when it is run by volunteers. Last week I was amused [well almost amused], when a lady handed me some toys that she was donating. Later that morning, helper Hannah said that her friend had left some toys. She said that she gave them to the 'little old lady'. That made me feel really special.
A further group that meets at Highview, is a small group of carers who meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3pm. This group was begun by Berkshire Carers, but handed over to be run by volunteers.

We hope that members of all these groups and organisations will join us at the Garden Party on Sunday 16th June.

Age Concern Windsor provide a Support Group at The Spencer Denney Centre, Park Corner, Windsor SL4 4EB This is held from 10am-12noon on 3rd Thursday of the month. This service is for those who are helping out/caring for someone over the age of 55.

Autism Berkshire offer a service for parents and carers of children and young people with autism, on Tuesdays during school term-time, from 10am-12noon, at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HD.

Signal hopes to raise awareness of unpaid carers and support to help them, at locations during Carers Week [10th -16th June. If you want to plan an event., contact Chris or Andrea on 01628 947974.

Monday Club

Club nights have been affected by the Bank Holidays, so there has been less activity this month. They all love the karaoke and Singing evening and of course Bingo is a great favourite, and most members received a prize.

On Monday 20th May, Simon brought masses of drums. It is amazing how he gets everybody beating time. It shows that many of our friends have great rhythm and that Simon is a very talented music teacher.

June 11th is the date of the Boat Trip. As you all know, it has to be on a Tuesday, because the boat is not available on Mondays. This trip is always long-anticipated and prepared. The boat leaves from River Gardens and Club members need to meet there at 6.30pm. The trip ends at 9.30pm.

Wednesday Club

Wednesday Club has had a busy month. Helper Patsy and her husband brought their Maypole and we had wheelchair Maypole Dancing. Well, there was a bit of imagination there, but they managed to get it unravelled very successfully. Everybody enjoyed the experience.

Helper Gordon Nevill [Nev] celebrated his 81st birthday with a big messy cake produced by Jeanette. Jeanette's grandson Luca came too to join in the party. It was good to see him again.

Regular activities include Jigsaw puzzles mainly done by helpers and carers, with assistance from club members. One lad loves to take home his artwork for his carer. He gets terrific satisfaction from scribbling over the photocopied pictures, but the sheets have to be folded and put in his bag. He always goes back home happy. Hugh's disco is always a favourite and now with the addition of hokey-cokey, even the most reserved members take part.



all welcome to join us for afternoon tea, music from Hugh's disco and  'Only Ukes'


Valerie J Bosley