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It's that time of year again 🎄 Botley Bridges is working with local food charities to provide Christmas Hampers for local families. If you would like to apply for one, you can do so in the following ways:- ● https://botleyhampers22.web.app/ ● Downloading a form from the Botley Bridges website and e- mailing to secretary@botleybridges.org ● Completing a form and handing in to your school or pre-school – schools will have hard copies available. We are looking to our local community to spread some Christmas cheer. Can you donate? ● Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Squash/Soft Drinks (no alcohol please) ● Fresh fruit or veg ● Christmas treats ● Jam/Marmalade/Honey/Syrups ● Tins or Jars - Fruit/Tuna/Baked Beans/Pasta Sauces/Soup ● Bread/Crackers/Oats/Breakfast Cereals/Rice/Pasta We are also hoping to include some small (stocking filler) gifts in the hampers. Can you donate? (please leave these unwrapped so we can best match them to the recipients) ● For Adults o Toiletries/Warm Socks/Blankets/Hot Water Bottles ● For Children o Bubbles/activity books/small craft sets/small construction sets o Books (for a variety of ages) o Cards/Cards Games o Toiletries Donations can be dropped off at St Peter and St Pauls Church Hall, Botley on Wednesday 21st from 9-6pm. If you cannot drop off at these times please email secretary@botleybridges.org to arrange an alternative venue and time.

Join us for one of our popular Parent/Carer First Aid courses at either West Oxford Community Centre on Monday 21 November from 1-3pm or Botley School on Monday 28 November from 6-8pm.  Just £25 per person or £45 for a couple.  Payment on the day of the course by card or cash. Non mobile babies are welcome to attend.  Contact Hayley at coordinator@botleybridges.org to reserve your space, letting us know which course you would like to join.  It would also be useful to include your phone number and let us know the full name you would like to appear on your certificate upon completion.

There are still spaces available on our 4 week Early Years Family Links course (suitable for those with children up to 6/7 years of age). Learn new strategies for a harmonious family life. Please note that the course will take place at Botley School and NOT Seacourt Hall as previously advertised. Contact coordinator@botleybridges.org to book your space

We still have some spaces available on our new 4 week Baby Massage course starting on Monday 3 October at West Oxford Community Centre.  The informal sessions consist of learning massage strokes, baby development, baby singing as well as the chance to meet other local families with babies of a similar age. 

Please see below for some easy ways to support Botley Bridges.  As we are a charity, we rely on fundraising, donations and grants to enable us to provide support for local families - every little really does help us.   If you are interested in helping us with fundraising/grant applications, we would love to hear from you Pop up Cafe Please join us on Sunday 18 September for Botley Bridges's fundraiser at the pop up cafe at Louie Memorial Pavilion from 3-5pm.  Tea, cakes and craft activities for the children. Donations of cakes would be much appreciated - contact sue@botleybridges.org if you can help. Vale of White Horse Lottery Another great way to raise funds for Botley Bridges and an opportunity to win a cash prize for yourself. We have already had one lucky winner recently. To find out more or to purchase tickets - follow this link https://www.whitehorselottery.co.uk/support/botley-bridges Opportunity to win £1000 to support Botley Bridges A great opportunity here for us to win £1000 funding – and it’s super easy! The Movement for Good Awards 2022 is giving away £1000 to nominated charities. All you have to do is input our charity number (1172139) and some details about yourself into the website: https://movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity. You are not signing up to receive marketing emails unless you tick the box to opt in. The more nominations we receive, the greater our chance of winning, so once you've nominated us please share with families, friends, colleagues and anybody else who is supportive of the fantastic work that we do! The award winners will be announced later this week so please be quick!

Early Years Family Links Courses

 

Do you have children aged 0-5 years?  Would you like a more harmonious family life?  Join us for our four week Early Years Family Links course at the Seacourt Hall starting on Thursday 10 March 7pm-9pm.  £20 per person (concessions available).  The course is designed to be fun and informative as well as giving you the opportunity to connect with local parents experiencing the same things as your family. Email coordinator@botleybridges.org to reserve your space.

Baby Massage

New 4 week baby massage course starting on Monday 11th July - contact 

coordinator@botleybridges.org

 

to reserve your space.

NEW GROUP - 1-3's workshops

 

Do you have a child aged 1-3 years? come along with your child and join our new workshop sessions on Wednesday afternoons at Seacourt Hall (access from the rear door) beginning on Wednesday 29 June. There will be 4 sessions in total with an emphasis on speech and language. You can book to attend all four sessions or just one or two if you like. The sessions are designed to be mini workshops to share ideas to try at home with your child. There will be a weekly group discussion, idea sharing, a relevant activity, a story and group singing as well as a handout to take home to cover that specific session. Just £3 per family but booking is required please so that we have enough resources for everybody. Contact coordinator@botleybridges.org to book your space

Stay and play sessions

 

Stay and Play sessions have moved from Botley School to Seacourt Hall from 17th January until 4th April.  This is to give more space indoors and to help with social distancing. 

 

Meetings are on Mondays from 9.30am until 11.30am

 

 

 

First Aid Courses

 

We are delighted to be able to offer our face to face  First Aid courses for parents/carers courses again.  These will be delivered by the fabulous Jen from Thames Training who has many years of experience - Jen makes the course fun, interactive and informative.  We have two different times to choose from at two different venues (car parking available at both locations). The cost is £25 per person or £45 per couple.  Please email coordinator@botleybridges.org to reserve your space, letting me know which session you wish to book. This is an invaluable course and we would highly recommend that you sign up so you know what to do in an emergency.

Saturday Family Fun Sessions

 

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the lovely team at The Kings Centre on Osney Mead to run some Saturday Family Fun Sessions.  The first session will be Saturday 5 February 10-11.30am.  Just £3 per family or whatever you can afford (cash and cards accepted).  Teas, coffees and snacks are available too. Other sessions will be held on Saturday 5 March and Saturday 2 April. The sessions are designed for those with children aged 0-11 so do come down and see us.  Plenty of free carparking outside.  The postcode is OX2 0ES. Everybody welcome :)

Well Baby Clinic

FABULOUS NEWS! The Health Visitors are returning to Botley Bridges for Well Baby Clinic.

This will now be a monthly session and will take place on a Friday morning alongside the Baby Group in Seacourt Hall from 10-12noon. You can get your baby weighed and speak to the Health Visitors about any concerns or questions you may have. You must book in with your Health Visitor directly.

They will be with us on Friday 26th November 

Don't forget that there are still spaces available for the weekly Baby Group which is suitable for non-mobile babies - this is a lovely chance to meet other local families, learn new songs to sing with your baby, discover simple activities to aid baby's development and join in discussions during our weekly topic.  If you would like to join us, please email sue@botleybridges.org to reserve your place

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