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We are delighted to announce that we have commenced our next phase of redevelopment, building works will commence for 26 weeks in contract with Richard Jones Building Ltd in conjunction with The Seaman Partnership. During the works the café/shop and pole barn (to the rear of the café/shop) will be demolished and thereafter a new shop/café facility will be built along with a small sports hall, new toilet and changing facilities, a quiet room and external store to open summer 2020.

The cafe/shop are open as normal in a new temporary location

The building works are in excess of £500,000 and we are able to commence works now because of the generous donations we have received from a variety of  small and major donors including grants from the following; Sport England, Gosling Trust, The Gerald Micklem Trust, The Bassil Shippam & Alsford Trust, The F Glenister Woodger Trust, The Will Trust, The Laing Trust, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, The Clothworkers Foundation, The Edward Gostling Foundation and The Peter Harrison Foundation, plus other individual, group and business donations along with our own fundraising efforts.

Once completed the new facilities will greatly enhance our existing support offer to local adults with learning disabilities and significantly improve our public café/shop. The sport/community hall will be available for hire by the local community for sports and recreational use.

Friday 11th October was simply fantastic with two winning community nominations and £1,700 awarded to the charity. Supported Living Team Leader, Julie Sandalls was presented with an award in recognition of her outstanding community fundraising efforts. Julie attended a glitzy evening at the Hilton Hotel hosted by Spirit FM and was presented with a £200 cheque for the Apuldram Centre by Rachel Drury, Cineworld Chichester Manager who sponsored the Community Hero award. Just down the road at the Black Rabbit in Arundel, Lillian and Support Worker, Sue Applin accepted a £1,500 cheque after a successful nomination to local brewery, Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest. Lillian and Sue are seen in their photo with Gary Shipton, Editor of Chichester Observer.

Rachel Drury and Julie Sandalls – Spirit FM Community Hero Awards 2019
Sue Applin, Gary Shipton and Lillian – Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest 2019

We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities both at our dedicated Day Centre and in central Chichester at “Hub Club”.

Our volunteers are invaluable in enabling us to deliver an enhanced person centered service to the people who we support.  Volunteering opportunities are varied and flexible to meet mutual needs.

A large majority of our volunteers are local to the community of Chichester and surrounding suburbs and varying in age, life and work experiences, but all have a passion for making a difference and having fun.

No previous experience is required however we would like you to be; friendly, understanding, responsible, reliable and caring.

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to offer your services, please give us a call on 01243 783370 for a chat or email sarah@apuldram.org

We have successfully purchased our new vehicle, designed the branding and been actively out and about in the community providing gardening services. Thus expanding our service to support up to 10 adults with learning disabilities gain work experience through delivery of daily gardening services.  We have taken on an additional 29 gardens visiting on a fortnightly basis. Feedback from our customers has been extremely positive. For more information click on the link to see the full impact report. Check out the photographs of the new van with it’s graphics and Apuldram logos.

https://www.spacehive.com/apuldram#/deliveryReport

Mini bus arrival

The Apuldram Centre welcomes it’s brand new mini bus, please give us a toot and a wave when you see us driving around. The new mini bus has one extra seat and rear wheelchair ramp making it fit for our future needs.

Our trainees are very proud to be travelling on the new bus.

See below for an image :

Everyone was excited about the arrival of the new mini bus!

Join us to celebrate Wimbledon Fortnight – here at the Apuldram Centre. We are serving High Tea and strawberries and cream from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm weeks of the 24th June and 1 st July. Why not come down and bring your friends?

Game set and strawberries …..

Camping

3rd – 8th July & 11th-16th September respectively:-

Be speedy in your preparations for Festival of Speed and camp with us. Our temporary camping site will be open for two periods covering Goodwood’s Festival of Speed and Revival, from 4pm, 3rd-8th July and 11th-16th September respectively. We have linked with pitchup.com to market this; you can see what is on offer (and book) by clicking on the link below.

Coffee, Cake & Celebrate.

Feeling inspired?  We are always on the look-out for amazing people to go the extra mile and organise a fundraiser themselves.  During our 30th anniversary year we want to reach out to our supporters and those we don’t yet know and ask them to host a “Coffee, Cake
& Celebrate
event in aid of the Apuldram Centre. It could be as simple as inviting a few friends round to your house for a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and a chat or something bigger!

The Apuldram Centre will provide two tray bakes to support the event, a choice of chocolate brownie, lemon drizzle or flap jack – one week’s notice required.  We will also provide a donation bucket and all we ask for in return is a minimum of £30 to be raised from the event.

To list your event please call into the office or email info@apuldram.org.  A registration form will be sent to you, along with a pack. Should you require help, we may be able to offer support to publicise your event.

The Apuldram Centre is delighted to be participating again this year in the National Garden Scheme. Please see below for our open day dates. As usual our cafe will be open for light refreshments. We would love to see you here!