On Sunday June 10th we were delighted to be invited to run a pop up Cafe 21 cake stall at an open gardens event near Bingley, with our friend & supporter Dr Shiela Puri.
Louise, Roisin, Lorna, Jenn & Celine set up an amazing Cafe 21 stall with delicious home made cakes and served hot & cold drinks.
It was a very successful day with takings of just over £300 including donations, which will go directly back into running Cafe 21 & Sunshine and Smiles.
As you can see Cafe 21 has been developing since our Carousel pop up in March and we are very grateful for the support of Phoenix & Wolfe Accountancy for helping us to purchase our Cafe 21 gazebo and banners. Thank you too to Ark display who did us proud with the artwork and for making them for us in super quick time!
We are very pleased to say we have a number of other pop Cafe 21 opportunities coming up in July & August … watch this space!
Just a little reminder to all our Sunshine & Smiles families about our wonderful partnership with Phoenix Health & Wellbeing … we all know how busy life can be and that sometimes extra hurdles can take their toll which is why we teamed up with Phoenix.
Phoenix offer a range of complementary therapies, massage and counselling – 3 years ago we raised funds specifically to create this partnership so that anyone who is part of Sunshine & Smiles can access any of these services free of charge, whenever they need them.
To get the code to quote for free treatments please see the group Facebook page or email email@example.com … all treatments are provided anonymously and Sunshine & Smiles just get an invoice for treatments with the group code but with no personal details at all. Or if you prefer we can con
Relaxing body massage at our Leeds City Centre venue aims to gently warm and stretch the muscles. The therapist uses techniques which have been proven to be effective in reducing muscle tension and cleansing muscle tissue. The massage techniques have also been proven to reduce the production of stress hormones and stimulate the release of positive endorphins in the brain.
Aromatherapy Aromatherapy massage uses plant extracts to treat physical and emotional conditions. The oils extracted from certain plants have specific properties. When we combine these oils they form a powerful mixture that will really enhance the effect of our massage.Reflexology
Reflexology is a therapy that uses nerves or reflex points in the bottom of your feet to stimulate organs and structures in the body. It is based on the principle in Chinese medicine that we all have energy channels which run vertically through the body. The energy in these channels is a vital life force or Chi.
All of these energy channels can be accessed via the feet. Reflexologists have mapped the structures as well as organs of the body to specific points on the feet. This allows a trained reflexologist to use the treatment to provide a non-invasive approach to promoting health and wellbeing.
Dr William Sutherland was the pioneer cranial osteopathy from which craniosacral therapy treatment came. Discovering intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and different rhythms in the body. He found that these movements are inextricably linked to mental as well as emotional health.
Our bodies cope daily with physical and emotional stresses which can cause the body tissues to contract. We rarely realize how tight we are inside and do not take time to relax and allow the tissues a chance to release by themselves. Craniosacral treatment helps to relax your overstimulated nervous system and promote rest and relaxation which in turn enhances your body’s natural ability to heal.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage uses heated volcanic stones to warm tight muscles. Your therapist will position the hot stones on specific points around the body, usually the shoulders as well as the spine. The heat from the stones penetrates into the muscle and helps to disperse tension. This makes the superficial and deeper muscles relax and the massage therapist can then give a deeper massage. Sometimes the massage therapist also uses the stones during the massage.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about issues affecting your life in a safe and confidential environment. Our counsellors will listen to you and help you work through any problems or difficulties you may have in your life. They are here to help you understand how past experiences may be affecting your life today, and your relationships.
Counselling can provide you with a space to think about how you deal with life events and help you to make your own choices.
This month has seen some amazing fundraising challenges taking place and we would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken on these fantastic personal challenges to support, and raise funds for, Sunshine & Smiles!
On Friday 6th April Jack Lonsdale spent the day football ground hopping, taking in every football ground in Yorkshire! So far he has raised a phenomenal £526 … four times as much as his original fundraising target!
Sunshine & Smiles rely very much on fundraising & donations to be able to run our groups & activities as well as developing new areas of our work … we are extremely grateful to everyone who fund raises for us and all those who generously donate .. we couldn’t continue our work without you!
We were delighted to visit the Swinnow Lane Co-Op on Saturday 25th November to join in their Community Fund celebrations and receive a cheque for the funds raised for Sunshine & Smiles.
We were overwhelmed to be presented with £3897.55 which will go directly to running a variety of different groups and activities for children and young people who have Down syndrome and their families.
Carol Gray from Farsley Co-Op said:
‘So proud to be part of the Co-Op and our Membership contributing every day to our local communities.’
Sunshine & Smiles families including Lou, Niall, Ben, James & Elliott Cook and Ailith, Aiyana & Thalia Harley-Roberts enjoyed facepainting, a tombola and a penalty shoot out at the celebration event.
Lou Cook, who is a parent from Sunshine & Smiles and also a Co-Op employee, was very glad to be able to say thanks:
‘Incredibly proud and humbled to be part of our Co-Op more than ever today. What a difference the money raised will make to Sunshine & Smiles and not to mention my lovely Ben taking centre stage!’
Since 2015 we have been running regular swimming sessions at Bramley Baths, a beautiful, Victorian & community led swimming pool in West Leeds.
The sessions are designed to be a mixture of fun family swim for everyone with short, structured, small group teaching sessions for children & young people with Down syndrome.
The sessions proved so popular that in 2016 we worked with Tracy, chief executive , and Sharon, swimming teacher, at Bramley Baths to put together a funding application for Children in Need which resulted in a year of funded swimming sessions.
This year, as the funding period came to an end, we reflected on how we could improve the sessions & developed a plan to have bookable 1:1 sessions for up to 16 children & young people per session alongside the ever popular family swim session.
We again worked with Bramley Baths and they submitted an application to Children in Needs for a further 3 years of funding.
We are delighted that this funding application was successful and that our fortnightly swimming sessions are now secure until July 2020.
If you would like to find out more about the sessions or to book a 1:1 teaching session please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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