Monday, 13 June 2022

Complementary Therapies in Sutton Coldfield

  

If you are affected by MS and living in Sutton Coldfield, we are launching a new complementary therapy service. Join our fantastic therapist Hinna for 1:1 reflexology, you could also try head and shoulder massage. This will be run from the Methodist Church in South Parade. For more information please use the contact details below.

Phone 0208 8270218

Email  lyndsay.smith@mssociety.org.uk

National website mssociety.org.uk 

 

Have a Goodgym summer

 



HAVE A GOODGYM SUMMER

With Summer starting to kick off, we have some fantastic reasons to get involved at GoodGym.
 
SHOW YOUR HEART WITH PRIDE
We are proud all year round, but June is the month to truly celebrate. Click here to check out what's happening for this year's Pride Month.
SUMMER OF '22 SHINDIG - BOOK NOW!
The wheels are in motion for this Summer's shindig. Click here to book your place now.
RUN ALL DAY, PARTY ALL NIGHT
One of our favourites... join us for the Love Trails festival. Click here for more info and use code GOODGYMLTF20 for a £20 discount.
JOIN THE NOMADS TEAM AS WE RUN FOR RUN THINGS
Help our team to run as far 'around the world' as we can, all in the spirit of raising funds and awareness for a great cause. Click here for more.
THE GREAT GET TOGETHER 24th - 26th June
Inspired by the late Jo Cox and designed to bring people together, we have some great sessions to get involved. Click here to find yours.

Loneliness Awareness Week

Hosted by Marmalade Trust, this annual campaign 13 -17 June 2022 raises awareness of loneliness and gets people talking about it.


Marmalade Trust is the UK’s leading loneliness charity for all ages and the only charity in the world specifically dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness. 

Its aim is simple: to reduce the stigma of loneliness and encourage people to talk more openly about it.

Long-term loneliness can impact our mental and physical health – which has implications not just for individuals but also for society at large.

The Office of National Statistics reveals in its latest period 27 April to 8 May 2022, based on adults in Great Britain around 1 in 20 (6%) adults reported feeling lonely always or often compared with 5% previously.

Loneliness risk factors

  • Long lasting loneliness can affect our mental health
  • Widowed, single, living alone, unemployed and having a long-term health condition
  • Pandemic has heightened disadvantage among groups that were already at an increased risk of loneliness.

The UK Government has published Tackling Loneliness annual report February 2022: the third year. Over the past year, it has worked across government and society more widely to tackle loneliness and support a connected recovery from COVID-19. Part of its plan is to reduce the stigma of loneliness so people can talk about this taboo subject more openly. 

We all need help and support and the NHS provides tips you can try to help prevent feeling lonely:

• Talking to professionals such as the Samaritans
• Joining a shared interest group

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Friday Twilight – Titanic in Music, Song and Story at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery



Friday 22 April 2022

Down the decades the story of Titanic has been featured in many books, several cinema films and in many songs and musical compositions. Here we pay a musical tribute on stage and screen.

Come and enjoy the overture, opening and “God Speed, Titanic” from "Titanic: The Musical" which was presented with soloists and the Phoenix Singers at the Victoria Hall for the 2012 Centenary.

Our evening’s onstage performances will feature Virginia Johnson accompanied by Karen Shutt with special guests The Boat Band. Hear contemporary tunes in the First Class Passenger Lounge, and lively songs and music from the decks below in Steerage - such as "Fine, Fine Fine!” "Fare Thee Well, Titanic, Fare The Well” and songs reflecting on the fateful end of Titanic and the loss of over 1500 souls.

Come and celebrate all things Titanic and commemorate that tragic maiden voyage 110 years ago. Tickets £10 and includes free entry to the Titanic exhibition at 7pm before the main show begins. 

Please call 01782 232323 or email MuseumEvents@stoke.gov.uk to book.


 

A 3-Day Musical Showcase - New Music Biennial 🎵 in Coventry

 

NEW MUSIC BIENNIAL

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, DRAPERS' HALL AND HMV EMPIRE
FRI 22 - SUN 24 APR
FREE


Curious about chamber opera, jazz, folk, classical or electronic? 

New Music Biennial is your chance to sample a range of musical styles and learn more from the artists who composed them. 

With each venue a short walk from each other, you can enjoy lots of new music in a short space of time - and it's all free to attend.

    FIND OUT MORE & BOOK TICKETS

    HOW IT WORKS

    Each performance lasts for one hour. Within this hour, you will hear a 15-minute piece, followed by a Q&A with the composer or artist, then you'll hear the 15-minute piece again. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the work and the artistic intention behind it.
    FIND OUT MORE & BOOK TICKETS

    FEATURED PERFORMANCE

    DOUBLE BILL: "HANDSFREE" BY ANNA MEREDITH, "MIGHTY RIVER" BY ERROLLYN WALLEN

    Sun 24 Apr, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
    Coventry Cathedral


    Bold, brilliant, brave: join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as hundreds of musicians animate the music of two iconic British women and change your experience of the concert performance through their passionate commitment.
     
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    FULL PROGRAMME

    FRIDAY 22 APRIL


    "BREATHLINES" ARMONICO CONSORT, TOBY YOUNG

    5.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Sitting between concerto and meditation, reflecting on the relationships between body, breath and being.

    "URBAN BIRDS" BY ARLENE SIERRA

    6.30pm, Drapers' Hall. Bringing together three international soloists who specialise in new music for piano plus electronics.

    “ILLUSIONS” BY PHILIP VENABLES AND DAVID HOYLE

    8pm, HMV Empire. Venables’ brash musical style combines with Hoyle’s vibrant, direct and uncompromising performance art.

    PAUL PURGAS

    9.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. A new commission exploring the past and future of analogue tape composition.

    FIND OUT MORE & BOOK TICKETS

    SATURDAY 23 APRIL


    "13 VICES" BY BRIAN IRVINE AND JENNIFER WALSHE

    12pm, Drapers' Hall. Melting boundaries between theatre, poetry and contemporary music.

    "SPLIT THE AIR" BY MARTIN GREEN

    1.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Green immerses himself into the world of brass bands.

    “SKIP DASH FLOW” BY JASON YARDE

    3.30pm, Drapers' Hall. A fantastic blend of world rhythms, stylish melodies, exuberant soloing and one enormous load of fun.

    NEW WORK BY RAKHI SINGH, VESSEL & NYX: ELECTRONIC DRONE CHOIR

    5pm, HMV Empire. A new work for vocal ensemble, electronics and violin exploring Danish poet Inger Christensen’s masterpiece ‘It’.

    "TOWARDS RENEWAL” BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, PHILIP HERBERT

    6pm, Coventry Cathedral. A new piece commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

    “THE MOON HAS BECOME” BY YAZZ AHMED

    7.30pm, Drapers' Hall. A surround-sound sonic artwork and performed live by an 11-piece ensemble.

    "THE POWER AND THE GLORY" BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA BY GAZELLE TWIN

    9pm, Coventry Cathedral. Bringing a blend of traditional musical concepts and futuristic pop to a full symphony orchestra.

    "BOG BODY" BY KEELEY FORSYTH

    10pm, HMV Empire. A powerful, innovative audio-visual performance piece.

    FIND OUT MORE & BOOK TICKETS

    SUNDAY 24 APRIL

     

    "BETHIA" BY DANIEL ELMS

    12pm, HMV Empire. Includes the carillon bells of Hull Minster, a male choir and a kaleidoscopic collage of film.

    "THE CROSSING" BY ROOPA PANESAR

    1.30pm, Drapers' Hall. Created by eminent sitarist Roopa Panesar with pianist Al MacSween and sound designer Camilo Tirado.

    "FROM THE VESTRY" BY COBY SEY

    3pm, HMV Empire. South East London musical polymath Coby Sey joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

    "SHE WHO" JESSICA CURRY AND NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMBER CHOIR

    5pm, Drapers' Hall. The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain perform their commission by BAFTA award winner Jessica Curry.

    AFRODEUTSCHE

    6.30pm, HMV Empire. A bold new work representing the cutting edge of Manchester’s cultural and musical language.

    DOUBLE BILL: "HANDSFREE" BY ANNA MEREDITH, "MIGHTY RIVER" BY ERROLLYN WALLEN

    7.30pm, Coventry Cathedral. Hundreds of musicians animate the music of two iconic British women.

    "365" BY AIDAN O'ROURKE AND KIT DOWNS

    9pm, Drapers' Hall.  Intertwining tunes with the words that inspired them. A series of fleeting, vivid vignettes.

    FIND OUT MORE & BOOK TICKETS

    GOOD TO KNOW

    • All performances are seated
    • There will be bag searches at every venue
    • Bags should not be larger than a sheet of A4
    • No professional camera equipment
    • No flash photography
    • No late admittance
    • No food or alcohol brought into the premises

    SPREAD THE WORD

    Who do you want to discover new music with? Forward this email to a friend and book your tickets.
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    Presented in partnership with PRS Foundation, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings with support from Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

    Dementia Connect: a new personalised support service from Alzheimer's Society





     








    BIRMINGHAM JOBS, CAREER AND SKILLS FAIR 14TH APRIL 2022 – 12noon-6pm

     

    Jobs, careers and skills event, hosted by B2022 Community Engagement Team, hosted by Legacy Centre of Excellence and supported by Clarion Futures.

    Jobs, careers, and skills event, supported By Clarion Futures.

    OVER 600+ JOBS ARE BEING RECRUITED FOR by: Clarion Futures, Gi group (Main Commonwealth Games Contractor), NEC Group, Birmingham Ceremonies, Hilton Hotel group,And also Jobs & Skills Academy WMCA- employment support services available through Games legacy.

    DWP- Employment and benefit support for unemployed jobseekers.

    BCC Financial inclusion partnership- services including PURE project supporting people with complex needs.

    Street League- offering employment advise targeted at young jobseekers & delivering Commonwealth sport activations.

    Useful website for carers of people wih mental ill health

     

     
    Carers' hub

    If you are a carer for someone living with mental illness it can feel difficult to support your loved one or to get the answers you might need. This section has all you need to know about looking after your loved one.

    A good place for mental health carers to get some practical advice and information.  Lots of downloadable factsheets of all different aspects of caring for someone with mental ill health.



    For more information and support

    Women & Theatre – Project Sessions and Opportunities



    ‘A THOUSAND THREADS’

    Inspired by Womens’s Cricket featuring in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 2022, Women & Theatre is developing a new intergenerational community production about women, girls and cricket.





     

    Community Craft Sessions


    Join Women & Theatre to help make props and items of set involving weaving and other craft activities.

     


    Community Performance Club


    Free and friendly drama club for people aged 50+ and carers in Brandwood and surrounding areas.

     

    To receive regular updates please join the Women & Theatre mailing list at https://womenandtheatre.co.uk/mailing-list/