Katie's Diary

10th Day of Christmas Festivities

12th December 2014

Today ubu was transported to North America for the tenth day of Christmas festivities. Everyone was discussing the rumour that they may have been a special guest today. By 12pm ubu was full to the brim of people wanting to see the big man himself...and he didn’t disappoint! Santa arrived with two of his merry elves. While everyone was trying to get a glimpse of Santa, the elves were in the kitchen preparing a winter warmer. As the fire roared away in the background, Santa opened his sack and a merry game of pass the parcel started! As the final layer of wrapping was peeled off, cheers erupted from the room and everyone was left feeling like a winner. It wasn’t long until the elves reappeared with Chestnut soup and homemade bread, a North American favourite, which was sure to stop any grumbling bellies. The room was filled with noise once again as rounds of carol singing began with dancing and festive jumpers to accompany.

However, not everyone is as lucky to have a full stomach and a roaring fire to enjoy. The first of today’s charities The Mustard Tree Charity in a Manchester based homeless charity that works with the homeless and marginalised across Greater Manchester. They provide life support and promote sustainable solutions through the provision of food, clothing, furniture, training and enterprise. They seek to improve the life-skills, resilience and wellbeing of their clients so that they have the choice and opportunity of moving in to work, education, training or volunteering.

Next we heard about Patchwork, a Manchester based service work with people who have long-term mental health issues and those who have found their health to be affected by such issues as bereavement, stress and/or trauma. The idea behind Patchwork is to give those experiencing mental illness and who perhaps find difficulty with communication, another means of self-expression. Not only that, but through meeting together in a group environment with ‘likeminded’, empathetic and understanding people, it can give the previously disconnected and socially isolated, within their own communities, a home from home, purpose and new found supportive relationships.

To learn about more The Mustard Tree and Patchwork check out their websites, http://www.mustardtree.org.uk/ https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news/patchwork-mobile-artistic-mental-health-and-wellbeing-service-trafford-and-south-manchester

With the final week of Christmas commencing next week, check back to see what we have in store! 

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