NOAH Receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

NOAH Enterprise has been given the 2017 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for “Recognising the dignity and worth of homeless people by supporting them from the streets and into the community”.

Jim O’Connor MBE, NOAH’s Chief Executive, says that, “The award has been described by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, as having the equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals. I am particularly thrilled for this recognition of our c300 volunteers who do so much to make possible the services that NOAH provides to people who are homeless, rough sleeping and otherwise destitute. This is done so generously in so many ways, whether it is by serving meals each evening in our Centre, working in our kitchen at breakfast and lunchtimes throughout the week and weekend, assisting in our charity shops, taking part in our delivery of welfare services or acting as trustees.

 To give some idea of scale, in the past year, 664 different people came to our Luton daycentre for support, (over 22,916 distinct visits with an average of 63 people per day). 16,413 lunches were served, 5,669 breakfasts enjoyed, 9,118 soups handed out, 2,265 Showers taken, and 730 Nightshelter bed spaces provided.”

High Town really has got talent

As the warmer weather moves us closer to this year’s High Town Festival in the summer we have a quick look back to December last year where a crowd of enthusiastic supporters cheered on the participants in the first ever High Town’s Got Talent event which took place just before Christmas on Saturday 17th December.

The winners, singer-songwriter duo Badgers & Rum, aka Pixie Styx and Dave Pike, received a cheque for £50 and the opportunity to have a spot at the High Town Festival in 2017. Speaking after their victory, Pixie said: “The level of talent that has been here – it was so unexpected, it was unreal.”

A jury of Luton luminaries, comprising singer Corene Campbell of Voices With Soul, actor Nish Nathwani from BBC1 hit comedy Citizen Khan and 33Jazz label owner Paul Jolly chose the pairing over seven other acts.
The competition, held at the Hightown Community Sports & Arts Centre, was the first one organised by residents’ association Friends of High Town (FoHT). FoHT Chair David Landau said: “We got money from Luton Borough Council’s Participatory Budget scheme to run this as a one-off community event. However, it has been so much fun that we are thinking of doing it again and reaching out to even more people who would like a chance to appear at the High Town Festival.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring a future event should get in touch on info@friendsofhightown.org

 

Watch a short video below recapping the event and don’t forget to mark Saturday 1st July in your diary for this year’s High Town Festival. Find out more at hightownfestival.org

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Bridge The Gap Youth Services looking for volunteers for new High Town Junior Youth Group

We are trialling a Junior Youth Group (8 to 12 years old) on Fridays 6-8pm at High Town Community Sports & Arts Centre.  This has been funded by the ‘Your Say, Your Way’ community funding programme and all run on a voluntary basis.  The trial will run from 5th May until 14th July 2017.  We will then assess whether additional funding will be sought to continue the Junior Youth Group based on evaluation from the young people and their parents/carers.

We are looking for up to 4 interested and motivated adults to join a pool of volunteers to form a rota to support the delivery of the Junior Youth Group.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL DETAILS [PDF]

NOAH Academy Courses

THE NOAH ACADEMY are currently running the following fantastic FREE programmes which provide the opportunity for candidates to improve their wellbeing and learn techniques to combat stress and anxiety:

 

NEW – Find your talent and calling in life

An upbeat motivational course to help candidates to discover more about who they are, what is important to them and what they are good at. This programme would be suitable for people who have been struggling to find direction in their work or personal life

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NEW – Proactive problem solving for wellbeing

A course to help candidates to tackle problems head on, while managing stress and anxiety. This is particularly suitable for people who struggle to manage immediate concerns, such as paying bills, completing urgent paperwork, or adjusting to a change in their circumstances

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Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing for Carers

The programme helps clients to identify strategies to help them to improve their mental wellbeing and day to day experience, managing the difficult emotions related undertaking a caring role

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Developing motivation and Achieving Goals

A course to help candidates to master positive thinking to find the motivation to achieve their goals and take positive steps in their lives

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IT for Confidence and Independence

This course helps candidates to work through fears and barriers related to the use of technology in a small and supportive group

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