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Newsletter
Issue  No.3   March 2020.

Oh Dear!! We have had a bit of a shock!! In last month's newsletter, I reported that our wonderful 21 years old minibus was about to go for it's MOT, and that we had every faith that it would pass. It didn't!. We even got a second opinion. The deterioration in the bodywork caused the failure. As we had received such great service from the vehicle that been anonymously donated by the late Mrs Camm, we had never really considered the replacement. We had earmarked some funding, but not made any forward plans.

The bus has been used every week for Monday Club and occasionally for other trips. While we sort out a replacement we have had a lot of help from our friends. The Salvation Army provided their bus and a driver on the first Monday. People to Places have assisted, with their Peter Haley kindly driving in between attending a personal engagement each week. We can only provide a driver if the person has completed the Midas Course. Our two regular drivers, Hugh and Derek, have been invited to join one of these sessions. Hugh will be taking a day's holiday from work, in order to attend the next course.

No doubt we shall resolve the situation very soon. In the meantime, we are gratefully receiving help from our friends.

Maybe this is a good time to remind you that transport for individual use is available from:
Shopmobility
Maidenhead 01628 543038
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Windsor 01753 622330
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
email  info@people2places.org.uk

and Maidenhead Voluntary Car Service based at Highview contact 07757 228266.

We have received a request for help from Birkbeck College, University of London. Dr Ines Mares is part of a team of researchers that is investigating' how adults with Down Syndrome read and understand the information communicated in human faces. The social ability to understand others emotions and to recognise others is critical for our day to day lives.'
Their work is being funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
They are currently looking for volunteers aged between 18 and 35 to participate in their study. Further information can be obtained from: imares01@mail.bbk.ac.uk or 07808529897

Membership
We still have several of our regular members who have not as yet rejoined. Forms are freely available from Highview during Club sessions, or can be obtained from me VB tel. 01628 630622 and of course from the Treasurer/Membership Secretary Arnold Kremenstein tel. 01628 632434.

Support Groups are provided in Maidenhead:
Maidenhead Carers Support Group meets at Highview 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3pm.

Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, meets on the last Wednesday of the month at St Joseph's Church, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead SL6 7EG from 2.15-3.45pm.  Contact: 01628 640200 - Family and Carer co-ordinator. No need to refer yourself, just drop in and join the forum group. Teas/Coffee available with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Monday Club
Monday Club is always special. You only have to listen to the conversations in the minibus to know that. There are comments like ''I really enjoyed this evening', 'It was good tonight', 'I got a prize at Bingo' 'I enjoyed the cake'.

Colin and Margaret had put up many 'love-type' decorations and the Valentine's Day disco went really well. Many club members dressed in their fancy clothes and they enjoyed dancing and pass the parcel.
Needless to say, Jeanette produced a very 'loving-type' cake that was enjoyed by all.

Then of course came Shrove Tuesday celebrated on a Monday of course with pancakes having a wide variety of fillings.

Highview is now decorated with floral garlands, making us aware that Spring is on the way.

There will be many special evenings within the next few weeks. They all love Bingo, when most people get offered a prize. Then comes Karaoke, when all are invited to take part- and most do so. Then comes Superstars and Art-work. They certainly have a great time at Monday Club.

Wednesday Club
This is a much quieter evening, but equally enjoyed by all who attend. Most members are wheelchair users .They all enjoy colouring, helping the helpers to do jigsaw puzzles and making pictures to take home, with stickers.

We have one lad with autism, who cannot speak, but has a very powerful way of communicating. It is quite amazing to see him with a 200 piece jigsaw puzzle, sorting and completing it almost unaided. When he arrives, he looks to see if there is a cake on the fridge-top and that usual beaming smile comes. Yes!!Jeanette provides cakes for Wednesday Club too.

Of course, not to be outdone by Monday Club that ends with the Can-Can. Wednesday Club ends with the Hokey-Cokey, thanks to Hugh who provides the music...and what would we do without Danny, the driver/carer who invariably makes the tea and coffee.

Highview has so far survived the gales and rainfall. The garden is looking very pretty. The daffodils did not get destroyed by boisterous half-term older children at Toy Library. and the tree in the front garden is looking magnificent. It seems that Spring is on the way.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM is to be held at Highview SL6 1PL on Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm.
The guest speaker will be Teresa Broadbridge, talking about the Friendly Bombs Drama Group.
Please join us.

Valerie J Bosley