Recovery Service at St Andrews Church

On Fathers Day this year, with the support of St Andrew’s Church, we held our first recovery service at the church. This coinciding with the end of the recovery art exhibition which was displayed in the church throughout June.

The event was so well supported by everyone and special thanks to the clients of Somewhere House for their participation. One of the staff there, Rob, also spoke to the congregation about celebrating recovery and what it means to him. Our now legendary cake sale was also a huge success afterwards and a big thank you to everyone who attended, supported, donated and ate….cakes! We raised just under £200 for the charity. Amazing!

A big thank you must also go to St Andrews Church for their continued support. We really appreciate it.

Mount Everest Fundraiser

We have very exciting news for you all! Dave & Kyle are going to be climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp to raise money for Somewhere House Somerset. In September 2016 Dave Clarke and Kyle Gould will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime and starting the hike to Everest Base Camp.

The overall total target is £15000.00 and we are pretty sure with all the help and support from everyone this is a very doable target. If you would like to donate please click on the links of the individual you would like to support below:

Dave Clarke: http://www.everyclick.com/davedoeseverest

Kyle Gould: http://www.everyclick.com/kylegould

As always, we thank you for all of your support. Every penny counts!

Jumble Sale raises over £200

A big thank you to everyone who supported the recent jumble sale we had. From those who donated, to those who purchased – thank you lots!

We raised £215 for the charity in just over 2 hours which is fantastic!

Here’s a pic of some volunteers setting it up

Jumble Sale

 

Fundraising Curry Night is on the 26th July

Keep Calm and Curry on!

We have another Curry Banquet coming up on the 26th July (6pm & 8pm sittings), kindly hosted by Table 8 in Wedmore.

Dave Clarke is raising money for the charity by climbing to Everest Base Camp later this year so please support this amazing challenge and enjoy a delicious curry at the same time!

Tickets cost £20 each and can be purchased by calling Dave on 07920 093 239 or Table 8 on 01934 70 70 80

We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Curry night poster

 

Drug Awareness Talk to Bridgwater College raises £150

We recently did a talk to Bridgwater College and they kindly donated £150 to the charity. The talk centred around drug awareness with real life experiences from people who have battled addiction…

This is what some of those who attended thought of the talk…thank you for your feedback….

“It was lovely to see that despite such a harrowing experience throughout her life, one of the ladies has still retained her personality and sense of humour. Her massive strength of spirit shone through.”

“This was the third presentation I have been privileged enough to attend. Each time I have felt humbled and impressed by their honesty, courage and strength of character.”

As a tutor, I was truly inspired by the strength and honesty of the guests. I will honestly never forget that session, and will use what I learnt when planning tutorials for other students. It was a privilege to meet people who have faced such huge challenges and overcome them. It was so very powerful. I had a brief chat with the students afterwards and they were all extremely moved by the session.

In 18 years of teaching I have never been to such a powerful, realistic and moving drug awareness session and during the session the whole group are re-living it and discussing the session.

 Some of the comments made by students were:

“It made it seem real instead of something that would never happen.”

“It was really sad but they have changed their lives.”

“I am never going to take drugs because I want a happy life.”

“It was a very educational talk and they helped us to learn more about drugs and to understand more about addiction.”

“The people talking were very truthful and honest about their own backgrounds.”

“The people were very brave to speak out and talk to people they don’t know.”

“They kept us well involved in the session.

“It was a very emotional, heartfelt and constructive talk. The people talking were very interactive with us and spoke admirably.”

“They helped me to understand how drugs/alcohol can destroy a life and not to be tempted to get involved with it.”

“They were very professional in the way they spoke and the way they controlled their emotions.”

“Very educational and explained the difference between legal highs and legal drugs”.

“Interesting, and a new way of learning about drugs and it was very effective”.

“Felt very humbled and how it is easy to get into drugs and hard to get out of them and also it was very real”.

“Very interesting and looking at the different drugs was very interesting”.

“Laying their soul on the line, lady only starting to live her life at the age of 42”.

“If they the speakers helped one person, they thought the day was worth doing”.

“Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them but it’s so easy that it can”.

“They have courage to come and speak to us in confidence”.

“Very touching of how they told their story, and shows how very quick it is to get on the drugs”.

“It was very sad. They have told us their stories to try to get people not to take drugs”.

“Interesting and intriguing. How it can affect them and their family and friends. Very personal stories of how people lose everything”.

“People take the drugs to block out everything but then they realise drugs can’t solve the problem”.

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Client Testimonial…

As part of our service, we ask clients to give us feedback on their experiences of Somewhere House Somerset. Here’s what a recent client said:

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without being able to clear my head space. I feel good, positive and more in control.”

Thank you for your feedback it’s much appreciated and glad we were able to help!

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club Raises £2500!

The local golf club (Burnham & Berrow) have raised and donated a massive £2,500 to the charity. This is such a generous donation and it will make a huge difference to helping change lives for the better in the local community. Thank you to everyone who donated and especially to Adrian for organising this! We are really grateful. Here’s a photo of the presentation event that took place recently…

GOLF CLUB PHOTO

Richard & George 100km Bike Ride

Rich Southon and his son George are bravely about to take part in a marathon 100km bike ride, the Somerset 100 which takes place the 15th May! They are doing this to raise money for the charity so please support them by donating as much as you can via their everyclick account and if you are a UK tax payer, remember to select the gift aid box! Thanks for your support!!

http://www.everyclick.com/richandgeorgewillride100miles/info

Update 16/05/2016 – We’re proud to announce that both Rich & George completed the 100km bike ride! Well done and thank you boys! There’s still time to sponsor them by clicking on the link above – all proceeds go to the charity.

 

‘Burnham’s Got Talent’ Show 2016

The annual Burnham on Sea Talent Show aka ‘Burnham’s got Talent’ took place this year on Saturday 13th February at the Princess Theatre and was a huge success. Well done to the winners on the night and also to everyone who took part and thank you to all those who attended and supported the event. We raised over £300 for the charity for which we say a big thank you and special thanks also to both Lewis Coleman for organising the event and Princess Theatre for hosting it. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you next year!

Bereavement Cafe at St Andrews Church

There is a Bereavement cafe running on the 3rd Sunday of every month at St Andrews Church in Burnham on Sea starting at 4pm. If you have been affected by, or recently suffered a bereavement and would like to talk this through with others in a similar situation and receive support, please feel free to attend. All are welcome. For more details contact the Reverend Sharon Eldergill on 07925 089 698