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Respite trip on Hazel

Just a snap from last weeks trip with The Dream Centre Carers Support group, Droylsden. Lovely feedback received from them too.

Caring can often be stressful, isolating and can feel like the most unappreciated job in the world. Meeting with other carers can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. The Dream Centre Carers Support group can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. Taking some time out with others that understand and can help carers recharge their batteries.

This is Hazel doing what she does best, giving folk a relaxing time on the canal and promoting well-being, but a slight twist in that this is the first trip she has had giving respite for carers, a new avenue where she can help people. Let’s hope she can do more of these.

Local Support for Hazel Well-being trips

Two of our Society, Phil Handscomb and Daniel Cocker, were recently invited to an evening with Tameside Rotary Club, where their president, Andy Williams, presented them with a £200 cheque.

This generous donation will help fund a trip for those with poor mental health who will benefit from the well-being properties of time on the canal. Often those people, and the Societies who help them, do not have the necessary funds for the very help they need.

Many thanks from us all.

See more of what Tameside Rotary club do here:  http://www.tamesiderotaryclub.com/.

Our Society’s Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter will be hitting your doormats (or your inbox) very soon giving lots of chat about what we have done and are planning to do – with lots of photographic evidence too.

If you’d like to receive one of these three times a year just fill in the membership form attached and send to the membership secretary at the shop address on the form with your cheque or email the form to membership@wcbs.org.uk and pay via BACS to our account. Please ensure you state your name on payments and state on the emailed form that’s how you’re paying. Our (newish) bank details are:-

Co-op Bank Community Direct Plus Account

Sort Code        08 92 99

Acc. Number  65789829

As many of our members now receive the newsletter electronically, keeping our costs down, we’ve been able to maintain our membership fee at the same level for some time and also offer a lower fee for unwaged or regular volunteers.

Gift Aid Declaration form for email

Membership form

Hazel sponsor form

Thank you

Reminder: WCBS on Twitter and facebook

As well as having our web site here at http://wcbs.org.uk/, the society has a number of other Internet presences.

Twitter

The society’s Twitter account handle is @wcbsorg.

If you are not familiar with Twitter, you may not be aware that you do not need a phone or portable device to use this social media platform, nor do you need to have an account you log-in to to see what is being posted by us.

You can find our page online at  https://twitter.com/wcbsorg.

facebook

The society has four facebook pages

For a full list of WCBS related online links, go to our Links and Archives page, which you can also find from our main menu above.

Bargain Canal Trip: Ashton to Middlewich

Via Chris Leah.

In June, Wellbeing Boat Hazel will be travelling from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne, to Middlewich, Cheshire, to take part in the annual Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival.

Hazel will leave Ashton at midday on Sunday 11 June and arrive in Middlewich on Thursday 15 June.

She will be skippered by Chris, the famous Ashton Boatman, and towed by 90 year old wooden motor narrow boat, Forget Me Not. The route taken will be via the Peak Forest, Macclesfield and Trent & Mersey canals. It is a one way trip.

Public transport back to Ashton, if you need to collect a car, is fairly easy. There will be trained crew to deal with navigation of the boats, though you will be welcome to help with steering and lock working if you wish to.

This auction is for the back bedroom aboard Hazel which can be configured as a single, a double, 2 bunks or a double with bunk over. The boat has a 5 star kitchen and a bathroom with wetroom shower and flushing toilet. Wheelchair access is not possible to this bedroom but the lift is useful for accessing the boat if you find steps difficult.

Hazel is here to raise your spirits, come and join us for this wonderful trip.