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Christmas Roll Call!

We, or more importantly our clients, had a wonderful Christmas dinner (last) year and we would like to thank everyone who made it happen so successfully:- Aspire Sheffield's amazing shoebox appeal (You 3 are amazing!) Steve Judge Lloyds Bank (Joe and her team) Sheffield Dog Wardens The Lighthouse Project Our amazing volunteers (who managed to cook Christmas dinner and keep spirits high even though the centre had no gas!) and last but not least, the public of Sheffield for your general donations, presents, assistance and well wishes.

Thank you all so much and Happy New Year to you all!

It's AGM time again!!

Thats right folks, it's time for the Ben's Centre annual general meeting on the 4th September from 4:30pm. The event will help share infomation regarding all that we have achieved over the previous year and our plans for an even brighter future. There will be the legendary quiz and a top notch curry available for a small donation to the cause. Also available for purchase is a selection of hand built "Ben's Centre" jewellery, why not come and be a friend of Ben's!

Anyone interested in attending the AGM please get in touch so we can be aware of numbers and plan accordingly!

Hope to see you all there, Ben's Centre

Drinks and snacks will be provided by Ben's Centre, come along and see a few masterpieces!

Project update

Hello all! It's been a while since our last update so here is the run down of a few things that have been going on here at Ben's Centre:

Training with Doncaster College Over the past few weeks at Ben’s our clients and volunteers have completed the first module of their catering NVQ. They have demonstrated their abilities by make lasagne, baking scones and preparing vegetables as part of our healthy eating initiative. Staff and clients have reluctantly agreed to taste test!! We are hoping this course, which is assessed by Doncaster College, will be good for client confidence as well as increasing their job prospects for the future. Everyone involved have expressed their enthusiasm about the next module and what skills they can learn.

Gourmet Friday All the food preparation and training has gone to our heads lately and as a result we will now transform each Friday into “Gourmet Friday” where we offer a three course meal to clients. Usually consisting of a healthy soup, a hearty main course and a delicious desert; all home-made and tasty. One of our clients has experience working as a pastry chef and has been treating us all to wonderful deserts, including: Baked Alaska, profiteroles and apple strudel. She is also starting her level 3 pastry NVQ soon which means more sweet treats are on the way!!

Good morning job seekers! “Work Club” Coming soon… Starting on the 8th August, Ben’s Centre will be the host venue of a new, weekly work club. Aimed primarily at clients with issues around alcohol misuse, the club features Ben’s Centre’s brand new IT suite and highly trained and experienced staff. We aim to help clients to put together comprehensive and attractive CV’s, assist in the process of finding those vacancies, and provide support with stationary and reference materials.

Yet another big thank you!!

Ben's Centre has been spoiled of late by donators and funders! We would like to thank eveyone involved (Yes, that's every single one of you who has donated or been involved) in the "Give us your Rent" scheme at Sheffield University. Ben's has received a huge and very welcome donation to help with running costs and it is not only a direct helping hand to those in need but it is a sign that people in more comfortable situations still give a thought to the vulnerable. Amongst other things this kind donation will go towards Ben's joining the "Fare Share" project who run a delivery service (Amongst other things!) of much needed food and drink supplies for our clients THANK YOU!!

Also deserving of a massive thanks is lloyds TSB (and a special thanks to their Grants manager for her assistance in the whole process) who have helped Ben's Centre with a healthy chunk of funding; this money will go to towards extending the hours of our Project Worker and will give us chance to do even more invaluable work with vulnerable adults and help to give them a brighter future in these difficult times. Without these generous funders and donators Ben's Centre would not exist and our clients would struggle to find the hope and support we offer.