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26/02/2014 - FREE Pottery Sessions at the Phoenix Centre starts Tuesday 11th March from 11pm-1pm

Drumchapel Arts Workshop (DRAW) will be running a FREE weekly Pottery Class for eight weeks beginning Tuesday 11th March 2014 from 11am-1pm at the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH.

Here, we will be making pots and tiles among other things  and all are welcome so why not come along and give it a go?

Places are limited s o to book your place please contact Graeme at Drumchapel L.I.F.E. on 0141 944 6004 or e-mail info@drumchapellife.co.uk



24/02/2014 - New for March and April 2014! Posh Nosh on Less Dosh Cookery Course at The Phoenix Centre

Can’t cook but want to cook?
 

Why not register for an exciting new cookery course at The Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH.
 

We will take you through all the aspects of selecting, purchasing and preparing all the ingredients for a healthy and tasty meal.

There are currently two blocks available for the course, each being six sessions long that will run over six consecutive weeks and we need you to be able to commit to this on the following dates and times:
 

Block 1
Monday 03rd March 2014 11am-1pm
Monday 10th March 2014 11am-1pm
Monday 17th March 2014 11am-1pm
Monday 24th March 2014 11am-1pm
Monday 31st March 2014 11am-1pm
Monday 07th April 2014 11am-1pm
 

Block 2
Monday 10th March 2014 2pm-4pm
Monday 17th March 2014 2pm-4pm
Monday 24th March 2014 2pm-4pm
Monday 31st March 2014 2pm-4pm
Monday 07th April 2014 2pm-4pm
Monday 14th April 2014 2pm-4pm

 
If you are interested in participating, please call Graeme on 0141 944 6004 or email graeme@drumchapellife.co.uk to book your place but hurry, places are very limited and going fast!
 



04/02/2014 - Drugs Warning from Police Scotland and NHS

Police Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and NHS Ayrshire and Arran are issuing a warning about the dangers of drugs after a 17 year-old woman fell ill at a Glasgow nightclub and died on Sunday 2 February 2014.

It’s unclear at this stage what caused her death and a post mortem examination will be carried out in due course. However, a further four people were admitted to hospital when they became ill after taking drugs.

An investigation is underway and although the inquiry is at an early stage, enquiries so far have revealed that a red ‘mortal kombat’ tablet with a dragon stamped on it could be the common link between these incidents, tablets matching this description are pictured above.

Further to the 17 year-old woman being admitted to hospital, a further three men and one woman were also admitted to hospitals in separate incidents in Glasgow and Ayrshire, as they began to feel unwell after taking drugs. One woman, aged 19 was admitted to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and three men aged 18, 26 and 27 were admitted to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock.

Police Scotland continues to work with its partner agencies including health officials and medical staff in connection with this investigation.

 

For more information, please click on the following link:

http://www.sdf.org.uk/news-and-media/sdf-news/drugs-warning-from-police-scotland-and-nhs/



23/01/2014 - Spaces left for WISE Women's Personal Safety Course at Yoker Community Campus - Starts Wednesday 29th January

WISE Women have some spaces left for their Women's Personal Safety Course at  Yoker Community Campus, 10 Kelso Place, Glasgow, G14 0LL.

Here, you will be able to learn how to identify, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations. You will also learn how to use simple techniques and shock tactics to improve your personal safety and take part in discussions and exercises designed to help improve your confidence and self esteem.
 

The course begins on Wednesday 29th January 2014 from 10am-12pm and runs every Wednesday until the 05th March 2014.

If you are interested, you can register online by clicking on the following link:

http://www.wisewomen.org.uk/register.html

Alternatively, you can speak to Lorna New, Information Development Worker at WISE Women by contacting her on 0141 550 7557.

For more information, please see the attached flyer below.



13/01/2014 - Group Leaders and New Members Wanted - West Glasgow Green Gym

We are an all-voluntary gardening group and our aim is to offer healthy exercise and outdoor companionship for the people of Drumchapel, Knightswood, Scotstoun and the wider West Glasgow area. We do this by working on several plots throughout this area (collectively called the West Glasgow Green Gym). Our members have the opportunity to learn new skills and become part of a friendly group of people of different abilities, with an interest in gardening and conservation.
We are supported by Drumchapel L.I.F.E, a local charitable organisation and have a number of members who contribute to the running of the project. The project runs once a week, every Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm.

We are looking for people to join us and help look after local green spaces. There will be plenty of different tasks to do including vegetation clearance, woodland maintenance and gardening tasks. So if you enjoy the great outdoors then come and join us. It’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s good for you.
We are also seeking those who would like to train as leaders. As a Leader you would support our members and help with the running of the project. You will need some experience and skills in gardening or conservation. We want people who are passionate about helping others get the most out of the project.
Good communication skills both verbal and written including basic record-keeping are desirable as is the ability to work in a non-discriminatory way and support volunteers including those who are vulnerable or who have a disability. You will be provided with appropriate support and leadership training through the Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV). You should wear comfortable outdoor clothes and suitable outdoor footwear such as boots or strong shoes.
To find out more about these opportunities, please contact Graeme Allardice or Margaret Steven on 0141 944 6004. 



12/01/2014 - Weekly Sewing Class at the Phoenix Centre

There is now a weekly sewing class that running at the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH on Thursdays from 10am-12pm. 

Would you be interested in  spending your Thursday mornings with others? All are welcome to come along to a relaxed session of fixing and creating your own projects. Donations of wool and sewing machines are greatly welcomed.

Fot more information, please see the attached poster. Alternatively, please contact Drumchapel LIFE on 0141 944 6004 or email info@drumchapellife.co.uk
 



10/01/2014 - Do You Qualify For Healthy Start Vouchers?

Providing a nutritional safety net and encouragement for breastfeeding and healthy eating to around 600,000 women and children in over 450,000 very low income and disadvantaged families across the UK, Healthy Start Vouchers can be put towards the cost of milk, fresh or plain frozen fruit and vegetables in 30,000 retail outlets (small shops as well as major supermarkets). The scheme also provides coupons that can be exchanged via the NHS locally for free Healthy Start vitamin supplements for children, pregnant women and new mothers.

For more information, or to find out if you qualify for Healthy Start Vouchers, please visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can complete an Application Form by clicking on the link below and returning your completed form to:

Freepost RRTR-SYAE-JKCR
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
PO Box 1067
Warrington
WA55 1EG

 



10/01/2014 - The Phoenix Centre

Drumchapel L.I.F.E. is now managing The Phoenix Centre located at 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, Glasgow, G15 8JH.

The Centre is available to hire for family events, children's parties, small conferences and meetings at a rate of £15 per hour. It also hosts a number of weekly classes including Ichi Ki Karate Club, Drumchapel Fit Club, Fasque Family Centre, Carrie's Dance Class and Drumchapel Camera Club. (Please see the weekly classes at the Phoenix Centre attachment below)

If you are interested in hiring the hall or attending any of the above classes, please contact Graeme or Margaret on 0141 944 6004 for more information. Alternatively, you can email graeme@drumchapellife.co.uk



09/01/2014 - Pre-birth family support to families living in the Drumchapel, Knightswood and Yoker areas from 3D Drumchapel

3D Drumchapel provide pre-birth family support to those living in the Drumchapel, Knightswood and Yoker areas of Glasgow. There are a number of new opportunities available:

Monday afternoons, Mellow Bumps:

A Six Week programme for Mums to be that aids stress relief and relaxation.
 

Wednesdays from 2pm- 4pm, Give It A Go Sessions:

Come and try out Pregnancy Relaxation, Pilates, Tai Chi and more. Held at the West Centre, Kinfauns Drive. For Mums to be (wear leggings or comfy clothes).
Fridays at 10am, Cooking Sessions:

Learn to cook some simple healthy meals for your family in a relaxed environment. Give us a ring to book a place.
 

Friday at 12.30pm, Family Lunch:

Come along with family member and if you already have children bring them along too, eat lunch together and get to know some other people also having babies.
 

Fridays from 2pm-3.30pm, Bumps and Babies Drop In:

An Informal get together for Mums to be and Mums with babies up to 3 months old (children very welcome).
 

For more information, please contact Sarah or Elaine on 0141 944 5740 or visit www.3ddrumchapel.org.uk

Alternatively, please click on the two attached flyers and the 3D Family Programme for January-April 2014 below.



08/01/2014 - Elderly Lunch Club at the Phoenix Centre

A Lunch Club for the over 60’s takes place in the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH every Tuesday from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Run by Volunteer Centre Glasgow, our lunch club brings older people together to enjoy a hot nutritious meal and socialise with friends at the same time. If you, or anyone you know is interested in attending the Lunch Club, please contact Jean Ingles at Volunteer Centre Glasgow on 0141 226 3431.



09/12/2013 - 'Fortune Gardens' at Fortune Works

Fortune Works in association with Enable Glasgow have a small garden shop operating at Fortune Works, 195 a & d Drumry Road East, Drumchapel, G15 8NS.

Among the products availabe are Bedding Plants from 50p, Hanging Baskets from  £10/15 and Planters from £10/15.

You can also bring your Planter or Hanging Basket to be re-potted. The price for this may vary and will be given on arrival.

For more information please contact Fortune Works on 0141 944 4383 or see the attached flyer.



19/11/2013 - Energy Saving Trust

Formed in 1992, Energy Saving Trust is a social enterprise with a charitable Foundation.

Through our partnerships we offer impartial advice to communities and households on how to reduce carbon emissions, use water more sustainably and save money on energy bills.

We work with governments, local authorities, third sector organisations and businesses.

Our activities include:

delivering or managing government programmes
testing low-carbon technology
certification and assurance for businesses and consumer goods
developing models and tools
 

For more information, please visit our website www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland



14/11/2013 - Sewing Machines Wanted!

When you buy a new sewing machine, don’t just throw your old one out. There are plenty of people who would love to have a sewing machine, even a used one.
If you are interested in donating your old sewing machine to a worthy cause, please contact Drumchapel L.I.F.E. on 0141 944 6004 or email info@drumchapellife.co.uk Any donations of wool, sewing fabrics, buttons, crafts etc. will also be greatly appreciated.



01/11/2013 - "Wheel Fix It" Bike Repair Shop

There is now a weekly Bike Repair Shop called "Wheel Fix It", taking place at the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH from 6pm-7.30pm on Mondays, 3pm-6pm on Wednesdays and 6pm-7.30pm on Thursdays

If you're having any problems with your bike or have any queries regarding bike maintenance and MOTs, why not come along and speak to one of our experts.

For more information about the project, please see the flyer attached below or visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wheel-Fix-It/305727669517528?fref=ts 

Alternatively, you can contact Paul Bowie on 07562796893.



21/10/2013 - FREE Glasgow Council on Alcohol Counselling Sessions at the Phoenix Centre

Is your drinking out of control? Do you want help?

Glasgow Council on Alcohol North West Counselling team are offering FREE counselling sessions for anyone who’s drinking is out of control and for anyone who is worried about another’s drinking.

We will be based in the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH every Thursday from 1-4pm. All sessions will be strictly confidential.

To self-refer or for more information please call Anne McLean on
0141 952 1853.
 



06/09/2013 - Scotland's Best - An exciting new training and volunteering programme for 16-24 yearl olds

"Scotland’s Best" is a 10 week training and volunteering programme for 16 to 24 year olds run by Jobs and Business Glasgow that aims to:
• Build confidence and motivation.
• Enhance employability skills.
• Gain hands on volunteering involvement in local sporting
and cultural events.
• Gain SQA Certification.
• Provide one to one support and assistance in moving into
further education, training or employment.
• Improve wellbeing and fitness by getting involved in physical
and fun activities.
For more information about these exciting opportunites, contact Jobs and Business Glasgow today on 0141 274 3235 / 3348 or visit www.jbg.org.uk
 



21/08/2013 - Sainsbury's Grow Your Own

Drumchapel L.I.F.E. has been developing a partnership with Sainsbury's Drumchapel store as a way to make a positive difference to people living in the area. Sainsbury's have been donating a selection of quality seconds, including a whole load of 'grow your own' plants, seeds and bulbs which we have been distributing to local schools, nurseries and community groups, making Drumchapel a much brighter place, once the growing starts.

The partnership with Sainbury's is really important to us and we know a lot of people in the area will benefit from their help and support.

If you want to find out more about Sainsbury's support, email us on info@drumchapellife.co.uk

Many thanks to Sainsbury's.



21/08/2013 - Know Your Dough

Do you want to save for your future?

Do you want to spend less money?

Do you want to budget your money better?

Do you want a loan that costs you less?

Do you need a bank account?

Do you want to know more about changes to benefits?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, we can help you. Please call us at Drumchapel L.I.F.E. on 0141 944 6004 and ask for Amber or Michael or email us at info@drumchapellife.co.uk



21/08/2013 - Warm Home Discount Scheme

Do you know that you could be entitled to a payment of £130 towards your electricity bill?

Customers who may be eligible could include those on low income with a disability, long term illness or those with young children, but the actual criteria used will vary as it depends on which electricity supplier you are with.

To find out if you qualify for this discount, please contact your electricity supplier using the numbers below: 

British Gas (Scottish Gas) call 0800 072 8625

Npower call 0808 172 6999

EDF Energy call 0808 101 4130

Scottish Power call 0800 027 2700

E-ON call 0800 051 1480

Scottish & SouthernElectric (Atlantic, Equipower, Scottish Hydro,Southern Electric) call 0800 300 111
 

(N.B. You need not apply if you are in receipt of the Guarantee element of Pension Credit)

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Brenda Calder or Kim Cleland at Drumchapel L.I.F.E. on 0141 944 6004 or email info@drumchapellife.co.uk

 



20/08/2013 - Jobs and Business Glasgow: Personal Best - Achieving Ambition Programme

Jobs & Business Glasgow will be running an exciting new programme called Personal Best - Achieving Ambition. They are currently accepting referrals for their upcoming intake for the course which is being run in their Open Gate office at 44 Hecla Square, Drumchapel, G15 8NH.

Personal Best is a 10 week training and volunteering programme for unemployed individuals over 25 years old, hosted by Jobs and Business Glasgow. It includes a mix of personal development, employability skills, SQA certification and volunteering.

Attendance and Location:
10 weeks, 2 days per week (Wed & Thurs), 10am-3pm Course will take place at various locations through Glasgow.

Volunteering:
The volunteering will take place at sporting events and you will be required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours volunteering over the 10 week programme in order to gain the qualification. The volunteering hours will be over and above the 2 days per week that you will attend the course.

If you have any further questions or would like to make a referral on behalf of your organisation, please contact Clare Docherty or Chris Ford on 0141 274 3285 or email Clare.Docherty@jbg.org.uk or chris.ford@jbg.org.uk .
 



01/06/2013 - Vegin' Out

Want to join a group of women to start your own business?
A social enterprise that creates access to fresh, healthy produce in Drumchapel and empowers people to cook healthy meals

Get involved! ‘Vegin Out’ is a new idea for a business in Drumchapel, locally owned and locally inspired. We are looking for like-minded and interested women to join our team!

Fed up with frozen meals but don't know where to start with cooking a meal from scratch? The business idea is to provide meal bags with everything you needed to make a healthy meal for the family including the ingredients and a recipe. This is just the starting point, it could expand and develop with your ideas and input.

We have an amazing opportunity. All the practical support is in place to make it happen it just needs your enthusiasm and commitment. You can benefit from:
- a facilitator to support the development of the team
- marketing advice
- business planning support
- nutrition training
- a team to design and build the business premises
- fundraising support
- research trips to similar projects

The business aims to create local employment opportunities and to do this more women are needed to join the start-up team.

For further information contact veginout.drumchapel@gmail.com

Please also click on the link below to find out more about us:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvJ9u3ma_FI&feature=youtu.be

The project is supported by Drumchapel L.I.F.E
 



31/05/2013 - Alzheimer Scotland Forget-me-not Volunteers - Befriending people with dementia in residential care

Could you spend a couple of hours a week supporting people with dementia to feel valued and cared for?

Forget-me-not volunteers spend time supporting people with dementia to do things they enjoy such as looking at photos and magazines, playing games and joining in group activities, which could include gardening, crafts, knitting or singing.

Volunteers also accompany residents to go out to places of interest such as visits to the theatre, the local pub, shops, church, cafe or the park.

Volunteering can increase your confidence and give you great satisfaction from having used your skills to support someone else. Training is given to all volunteers to make sure that you feel confident and comfortable when supporting people with dementia and there is ongoing support and advice  available from the FMV team. Volunteers are routinely PVG checked and paid out-of-pocket expenses for travel.

Our volunteers currently range in age from 16 to 76, from Secondary School pupils, students at College or University, graduates, people looking to gain work experience, those trying to enter the job market, adults with time to spare, retired health and social care professionals, and also people who have learned about demetia from members of their own family and who want to offer their insights and skills to support others.

To find out more about Forget-me-not volunteers, please click on the flyer and poster links below get in touch by contacting FMN Volunteer Co-ordinator Fay McCormick on 0141 418 3930 or e-mail fmccormick@alzscot.org



02/04/2013 - New Karate Club for youngsters - Karate No Michi

Are you interested in getting your kids into karate? Maybe to help them with confidence or fitness or even a new hobby.

Karate No Michi runs specialised kids classes called “wee ninjas”. These classes are fun and educational for kids from 4yrs - 7 yrs on a Tuesday 4pm-5pm.

Karate no michi also do classes for 7+ on Tuesday 5pm-6pm and Thursday 6pm-7pm .
 

The first two classes are free for everyone and we also do family discounts sowhy not come along and try at Drumchapel Community Centre, 320 Kinfauns Drive, Drumchapel, G15 7HA or contact Seon McLaren on 07584627427 for more information.

Please also click on the attached poster below for further information.
 



19/03/2013 - Cool Heads - Stress Essentials Booklet

This useful booklet which can be accessed by clicking the link below is aimed at young people who can experience and have to cope with different types of stress than adults. It looks at the kind of things that might be stressful and offers advice on how to deal with your feelings.



18/03/2013 - Steps for Stress Booklet and Relaxation CD

Steps for Stress is a short booklet which provides an easy guide to understanding common mental health problems and providing advice on things that people can do for themselves or services such as debt advice that they can access to gain support. There is also an accompanying relaxation CD. The booklet is supported by a website that has additional content and links - www.stepsforstress.org.uk

Copies of the booklet and CD are available at the Phoenix Centre, 5 Monymusk Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JH or you can request a copy by contacting NHS Health Scotland directly on 0131 536 5500 or by emailing nhs.healthscotland-publications@nhs.net



02/01/2013 - Classes, Clubs and Workshops at Drumchapel Community Centre

Drumchapel Community Centre is managed by Culture & Sport Glasgow Glasgow Life as a resource for the local community.

It was built in 2006 and boasts a range of rooms which can cater for anything from a small scale meeting to a large scale event/concert. Opening hours are flexible to suit most people’s needs and there are experienced staff on hand to assist with any special requirements.

It is also a very popular venue for parties, dances and weddings for which special catering packages are available from Portofino Catering at the centre’s own community café

Please click on the link below for a weekly list of activities which currently take place at Drumchapel Community Centre, 320 Kinfauns Drive, G15 7HA. For more information about these activities, please contact Drumchapel Community Centre on 0141 276 0560.



06/12/2012 - Volunteers Wanted - Drumchapel Fruit Barra

The Drumchapel Fruit Barra is a community based project run by Drumchapel L.I.F.E. and NHS Glasgow North West Community Health Partnership whose aim is to increase access to affordable, good quality and healthy food produce for local residents. We are based at Drumchapel Health Centre, 80-90 Kinfauns Drive, Glasgow, G15 7TS on Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm and Thursdays from 10am-12pm where we run a small fruit and veg stall that is open to the public.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help run the project. Good time-keeping and a basic understanding of customer service is essential for the role. Experience of cash handling is advantageous as is good organisational skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.

This post may occasionally involve considerable lifting and carrying of heavy items.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Drumchapel L.I.F.E. on 0141 944 6004 or email info@drumchapellife.co.uk
 



22/10/2012 - Take Life On

The Take Life On website, in association with Healthier Scotland, is a very useful resource and contains many hints and tips on nutrition, physical activity and healthy living for all ages. The site can be accessed by clicking on www.takelifeon.co.uk



27/09/2012 - Drumchapel Community Garden Project

Drumchapel L.I.F.E. are working with partners SAGE (Sow And Grow Everywhere), Glasgow Housing Association and the Centre for Contemporary Arts to establish an exciting community garden project at Linkwood Drive, Drumchapel behind the ‘Swedish’ houses off Kinfauns Drive near the shopping centre.
 

The gardens, once established, will provide a range of benefits for people of all ages who live in the Drumchapel and surrounding areas. The gardens which will have various elements, including areas for learning about and growing fruit and vegetables, quiet areas for people to meet, areas for entertainment, a wildlife area and areas to stimulate all the senses.

We need to hear from people who live in the G15, G14 and G13 areas who are interested in the project and who would give a little bit of their time to be part of a steering/ management committee. We already have a few people who are willing to give their time but we need more if we are to get this project off the ground.

We have received some funding from GHA and the Big Lottery Fund to make the project happen but need local people to give us a helping hand by getting involved.

Can you please tell anyone you know about the project and anyone out there who would be prepared to give a little bit of their time once or twice a month should contact Kenny Macdonald on 0141 944 6004 or email him at kenny@drumchapellife.co.uk for further information.

Please see the attached Factsheet and Site Map for further information.

 



25/06/2012 - Using 'Action Learning' in your Organisation

A guide to using Action Learning in your Organisation is available to download here. The guide was written by Emma Balfour,  L.I.F.E. Moves programme officer with Drumchapel L.I.F.E. until June 2011 and Duncan Wallace, Professional Associate at the Craighead Institute who can advise and assist you on all aspects of Action Learning. Duncan can be contacted on 07786050893 or by email at duncan@craighead.org.uk



22/05/2012 - A Useful Website - Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.

For fifty years we've aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we're no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we've seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It's time for a positive change in what we mean by progress.

 



07/03/2011 - Mental Health and Debt Guide

A useful resource on Mental Health and Well-being and Debt Management from MoneySavingExpert.com can be accessed here.



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