March 2019

Welcome to March!

At last it is the month of (hopefully) better weather and celebrations of mothers, pancakes, shamrocks and daffodils! What more could we ask for? Last month we were very busy and held an induction day for level 2 courses, courtesy of the Learning Curve Group and ran two successful cafes – Carers’ Café and the Happy Café. Also this month, don’t forget the clocks go forward on 31st March 2019 when British Summer time begins!

Youth Club – Mother’s Day Crafts

Youth Club members can take part in a craft session on the 26th March when we will be making Mother’s Day cards and gift boxes. The Youth Club runs on Tuesdays from 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Admission is £3.00

Thank you from Forget me not

The Forget me not Hospice would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the raffle just before Christmas and to those who donated gifts. The young clients at Russell House were delighted with the vanity cases and beauty products that were bought with the proceeds.

Meet Milo

Milo is starting an amazing journey to become a life changing guide dog and has been sponsored by the Sedbergh Centre! Watch this space for regular updates.

February 2019

It has been a busy year so far and we are only just into February! We have some great news about funding which you can read about below and lots of themed activities scheduled for this month. Don’t miss out on our new monthly Happy Cafes and the FREE level 2 courses on offer.

Christmas Smiles All Round

We’re really happy to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Aviva Community Fund to enable us to provide a Christmas meal for our older clients and carers. TL Dallas, one of the UK’s leading independent Insurance Broking and Risk Management companies, supported our funding application from the start and have been hands-on in helping us obtain our award. Thank you to TL Dallas & all who voted!

February Carers’ Cafe

If you are a carer or ex-carer and fancy some respite, then please come along to the Carers’ Café on Wednesday 20th February from 10:30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. at the Sedbergh Centre. Admission £1.50.


Free Level 2 Courses

The Sedbergh Centre is pleased to be able to offer a number of fully funded courses to anyone who would like to improve their personal development. Please call the centre to find out more information on 01274 679843.


You may have noticed from our communications that we have an improved logo which WEBART very kindly reproduced for us for free. WEBART is a company which specializes in website design, logos and corporate identity and they can be contacted at 

If you shop in Tesco, you may have been given some blue tokens at the till which you can use to vote for a worthy cause by placing them in the token boxes in-store. The Sedbergh Centre is one of the causes so we would like to ask you to vote for us!

If we are successful with funding we will be able to support our toddlers with The Eat and Beat with your Feet project which will introduce music, song, sensory play, dance and healthy snacks to babies, toddlers and young people. Thank you.

Fabio New Posters

We would like to thank volunteer, Fabio Cawley, for the brilliant design work he has carried out for our charity. You may see some of the flyers and posters around the centre, advertising many of the activities we provide for the local community. Fabio is using this experience to build up his professional portfolio. You can enquire about graphic design work from Fabio at

Toddlers Stay and Play poster

Makaton at Sedbergh

The Sedbergh Centre recently hosted its latest Makaton course which is a language programme that uses signing to support speech. Using symbols and signing when talking can make information easier to understand where a person doesn’t have clear speech, a hearing impairment or learning difficulty. You can find out more about Makaton and the courses here

Sport Works is currently looking for schools, community and voluntary groups as well as charities to work with to attract funding for programmes that support health and social outcomes for local communities. Please contact Simon Leonard on 01274 800 547 or email

Internet Safety Week

The Sedbergh Centre held an Internet Safety Week at the end of January which included some educational activities at the Youth Club where children learnt how to keep personal information and passwords safe.

January 2019

Happy New Year 2019! Last year was a really good one for the centre and we recorded a massive 19,600 people through the doors. Our team has worked hard on gaining funding to make sure we can continue to provide activities for all people in Bradford and at the end of the year were successful in obtaining National Lottery funding. We are very much looking forward to the coming year and all the exciting things it has in store for us.

Do you Want to feel Happier?

If you would like to work on feeling happier then come along to the Happy Café launch on Friday 18th January from 10:00 until 12 noon. Free Admission.

Sedbergh Wins Carer Friendly Employer Award

We are delighted to announce that we have become the first employer in the Bradford area to become a Carer Friendly Employer in partnership with Carers’ Resource. Arnie Butterfield, Sedbergh Centre Manager was keen to look at ways of developing the centre’s practices around its employment of staff and volunteers and received advice from the CReate team at Carers’ Resource to make sure that the carers he employs are supported and valued. 

New 'Natural Highs' Project

Sport Works and the Bridge Project have secured funding to get new health based project ‘Natural Highs’ up and running in Bradford for people recovering from substance misuse.  The project delivered by Sport Works staff will help participants reap the benefits of regular physical exercise which will support wider health and well-being benefits. For more information please contact Simon Leonard on 01274 822 547 or email

Thank You Tesco

Colleagues from our local Tesco store came along to the centre in December to share some goodwill by providing and delivering a lovely Christmas party for our Young at Heart group. The team prepared and served our clients with a banquet fit for a king and stayed to join in with the fun and games! Thank you Tesco for all your support last year and for being so kind!

Sedbergh Shares Christmas Magic with Hospice

Sedbergh staff and young volunteer, Alice Hackett shared a little Christmas magic with the Forget-me-not hospice when they decorated the Christmas grotto at Russell House for the children and families who attend there.

Thank You Arriva Yorkshire

Arriva Buses brought Santa to the centre in style to deliver goodies for our thrilled toddlers at their Christmas party. Arriva has been a brilliant support to Sedbergh over the last couple of months with kind colleagues at the Heckmondwike depot donating toys and craft materials for our sessions. So, thank you Arriva, our clients will really enjoy using them.

Vote for us at Tesco

Don’t forget we’re in the customer vote for a Bags of Help grant from Tesco. You can now vote for us in local Tesco stores using tokens collected at the tills during January & February. Please support us!