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Members and supporters newsletter - Summer 2010
Well 2010 has got off to a flying start!
It’s wonderful to report how well the Project is going in what will be it’s first complete year running as a registered charity. The Drop In Cafe is a huge success thanks to the input of Oyster members, associate members and volunteers. Debby was able to get some funding towards food hygiene training which Carmen arranged and 11 people attended the course. This is a huge step forward and illustrates the professional attitude and high standards all who are involved in the Drop In Cafe have. The 2010 Family Camp was a great success with 7 active members being present. Alison ran a watercolour workshop and Charlie, Jack and Janet ran activities. It was an opportunity for us to make new friends and have a very good time. Thanks also to Nick for taking pictures and Tanya as ever for her support and encouragement.
raised so far in 2010
£500 Radio Lewes £2000 Lewes Wireless Broadband £500 Oyster (Cabaret Bistro) £500 Michi London Marathon £1000
Food Hygiene training
What’s happening - dates for your diary in
There are a couple of fixed dates we already know about, the first is a fundraiser at All Saints Centre on September 4th which we will may run in conjunction with South Street Bonfire Society. Next is our Winter Concert on December 12th again at All Saints. The plan is that the September event will be a showcase of local music & the December event will be choral with a winter theme. Full details of all events on the website.
The majority of what we do is listed on our website
www.oysterproject.org.uk The main website of the project Getting involved is what the Oyster Project is about.... www.radiolewes.org.uk The main website for our online radio station 01273 311417 our answerphone Oyster Lewes our Facebook ID 49b Cliffe High Street Lewes BN7 2AN our current postal address Wednesday 11.30 - 2.30 All Saints Centre our Drop In Cafe
How you can help... We are a member led charity. We know this is unusual but it’s what makes us different. We also know that some things take us longer to do and that some things have to be done in a different way. We explore these ways and try to find solutions and not to identify and embrace barriers! It’s imperative that members drive our work forward, we encourage not only ideas but also the will to turn ideas into reality by action, our action and activity, not an ‘agency’ with its own agenda.
people who are tired of daytime TV !!! Why not get in touch, or if you know of someone who you think would be an active Oyster Project member put them in touch with us. Just come along to the Drop In any week and meet people, find out what’s going on. We will not pressurise anyone to do anything, the motivation must be yours, but we will support and encourage you and who knows what might happen, the world really is your Oyster. Everyone at the Oyster Project welcomes you. If you are disabled and want to be active you are among friends.
Camping & woodcraft What else could be further from the disabled model. That’s why we do it !!!
Become involved.... We are actively seeking new members, disabled
Lots of members and associate members are involved in the delivery of the Oyster Project’s core activities - this is just a guide to who you can contact for more information Many of those listed actually perform a number of key roles across the project
Drop In Carmen
is the co-ordinator responsible for all things Drop In
Radio Lewes Gill
is a co-ordinator for Radio Lewes (& Cooking Club)
is the member coordinator involved in DiTs including PC Doctor
is the member coordinator responsible for the Theatre group
is a volunteer involved in sound recording
is a co-ordinator involved across many areas including IT
is a volunteer knitter at the Drop In cafe
is a member coordinator involved in presenting & sound recording
is the member coordinator for the Virtual Worlds project
What we are about One of the aspects of the Oyster Project which people often find exciting but slightly mysterious is how we do so many things! Well the secret is that we start with what one person is enthused by. We then support and encourage them to build on their personal enthusiasm and to draw other members into the ‘orbit’ of their enthusiasm. We regard a successful activity as being something that two or more people are engaged in. But we know that many activities move across boundaries. For example our vegetable growers create produce for the
table but our cooking enthusiasts turn it into soup and then our Drop In volunteers serve it at the cafe. Each role may be a different member or the same member may be involved in all roles! To us it doesn’t matter; what we seek is quality of experience not quantity.
Isn’t that expensive? Well yes of course it is! But that’s no reason not to do it, our activities are not predicated on money or financial imperatives but on personal and relationship priorities, a human being is more than £ and pence!!!!
Creativity, companionship and fun: watchwords of the Oyster Project
Radio Lewes - internet based radio station
Cooking Club Our Histories - local & personal history Relaxation and Meditation Accessible Cinema Garden Buddy at Lewes Organic Allotment Project
Theatre trips Camping & woodcraft Wheels & Walks Knitting & Weaving Bonsai & Orchid group lewestv - internet based video
activities members can get involved in:
Watercolour workshops Drop In Cafe IT via DiTs including Lewes Wireless Broadband Virtual Worlds - discover a Second Life
Garden Buddy and LOAP (Lewes Organic Allotment Project)
We are very fortunate to have the support and expertise of the LOAP team. Based at the allotment behind Highdown Road on the Nevill estate they meet every Wednesday morning about 10am for team working. This is a great opportunity for members to learn important skills and gain gardening knowledge from experienced gardeners. The Oyster Project is a group member of LOAP and we are very fortunate to have Tanya Lewis of LOAP as liaison for us.
is home cooked. Also at the Drop In is free internet access PCs, Web Buddy assistance/ training and PC Doctor help and advice for your computer needs. A resource table has current copies of Which? and other useful periodicals and information. A Wii machine is available for game playing and the Knitting and Weaving group is always popular. The Virtual Worlds experts are also on hand if you feel like escaping to a Second Life!
Volunteer opportunities for members
We currently need members who would like to learn how to present and how to be a recording engineer.
Save to Rave
One of the popular activities member Susie runs is the theatre group. There’s now a saving club to help people put aside funds for trips that would otherwise be too expensive at short notice. See Susie at the Drop In for details
Drop In Cafe
Every Wednesday we run a Drop In Cafe at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk. We have access from 11.30 2.30 with a hot lunch being served from just before 12noon. There’s always a veggie option and all the food
Knitting & Weaving
We are currently knitting blankets for premature babies at the Royal Sussex County unit. There’s lots of material and training, every week at the Drop In Cafe.
DiTs (Disability IT Support) Put your IT skills to good use with DiTs and one of its associated activities such as Web Buddy, PC Doctor and Lewes Wireless Broadband Project Full details are to be found on the website
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