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Maryvale

 

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The Maryvale Community Project provides services to meet the needs of older people and disabled people in and around Old Oscott, north Birmingham. These include:

Jubilee lunch club

Tuesday Lunch Club: a weekly lunch club for older people to meet and socialise. The lunch club provides a healthy hot two course meal and arranges different activities each week such as musical entertainment, clothes sales and light exercise. Some transport is provided. 

Sunshine Club: a social club for adults with learning disabilities. The club offers people a chance to socialise and meet new friends.  Activities such as skittles, karaoke, quiz nights and crafts are provided, as well as trips out for meals and to local attractions. Some transport is provided.

Telephone Befriending Service: for people who do not wish to have a home visit but value the service. Monthly or more regular telephone calls are made.

In and Out Club: a social group that provides opportunities for adults with disabilities to learn new crafts and skills, participate in games, informal education and other activities.

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The photo to the right shows members of the In and Out Club who had recently completed a 6 week course on how to stay safe in the community and all passed! They celebrated and showed off their certificates at a local Toby Carvery.

History

Father Hudson’s became involved at the invitation of the parish priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Maryvale, in 2005. We brought together a group of neighbours – people who had experience and expertise in social care and support, and who wanted to be involved in a project that would benefit the local community. The group wrote a constitution and surveyed the local community to find out just what was needed.

It became clear that elderly people living alone and disabled adults were the two main groups who would value support. Subsequently, the group designed a set of services to meet these needs, including use of the community centre, which the parish prepared and refurbished to serve the wider community.

Now Maryvale employs its own staff, who ensure that services are well run, always with the support of a very committed volunteer team and the Board. The project values the support of Father Hudson’s Care.

Father Hudson’s human resources team helps with recruitment and with policies and procedures; Father Hudson’s finance department prepare payroll; and the Head and Deputy of Community Projects at Father Hudson’s Care are trustees of Maryvale’s Board and is in regular contact with the Chair regarding staffing, funding and service issues.

Throughout its history, Father Hudson’s Care has supported Maryvale with funding bids. Father Hudson’s Trust Fundraiser works with team members to support funding applications. This is a very valuable in-kind donation to Maryvale.

Maryvale welcomes volunteer support. Please call Donna at Maryvale on 0121 382 3590 for further information. 

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