YouCan do it – with a little help from your friends

Bromford colleagues from Birmingham and Warwickshire have been training together over the summer to get from 'couch to 5k' with an end challenge to complete the Stratford parkrun. And on Saturday 22 September the team competed the course, raising more than £230 for YouCan in the process. Steven Osmond, locality manager, and seasoned parkrunner co-ordinated the challenge and said: "We're a dedicated bunch who spend our days coaching customers to help them achieve whatever their goals are in life. My team are brilliant at what they do, however they're not all runners! A few of them who have completed the challenge have never run before, so we've been coaching each other to ensure we all got around the course as a team on the day. “This was my 250th parkrun and I'm very proud to be a part of the team that got involved in this event and have taken on this challenge in good spirit. “YouCan offers grants of up to £300 to help kick-start community based projects designed to bring people and neighbourhoods together. The grants have funded things such as community gardening projects, craft clubs and support groups for new parents. It’s brilliant that we’ve raised more £230 and it’s great to know that the money will go towards helping people to get their ideas off the ground.” Louise Kelly, locality manager, was full of praise for Steven after completing the challenge, saying: “I just wanted to say thanks for organising Steve! I am not natural runner (some of you may have noticed), but I really enjoyed it. It was a great atmosphere and a great achievement for the team!” If you would like to donate to Steven and the team, you can still [...]

By |2018-09-25T10:36:31+00:00September 25th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments

Grub to Go

When Christine Gough’s husband sadly passed away her world fell apart. She had been his carer for years, and alongside the emotional heartbreak she was feeling she had the additional worry of dealing with a massive change in her financial situation too. Here, neighbourhood coach Gemma Davis takes up the story. “Because of her tragic change in circumstances, Chris had to apply for Universal Credit – which in turn meant that she was expected to look for work. Grieving for her husband, and faced with the daunting prospect of finding a job after so long as a carer, Chris found herself really struggling to cope. “I spent time getting to know Chris and we started working together to ensure that she was well equipped to manage her home and finances by herself. By spending time with Chris, and always trying to be a positive influence on her, we started focusing on the things that made her happy. We gradually shifted the conversation away from the negatives in her life and started looking at what was good, what she enjoyed and what she was good at. “I soon realised that Chris loved cooking and baking and she told me how she made meals for her parents and daughter. Many a time I'd visit and there was a freshly baked cake on the side – and sometimes I was even lucky enough to have a little nibble. “Noticing how Chris's face would light up when she talked about cooking, and knowing that she was struggling financially, I suggested that she might consider starting her own little business. I explained about YouCan and how they offer grants of up to £300 to help get ideas off the ground. [...]

By |2018-09-17T07:56:36+00:00September 13th, 2018|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Falling for YouCan

​“It seemed like a good idea at the time” said Jo Harper, when we asked her why she and four Bromford colleagues decided to jump out of a plane 13,000 feet, travelling at speeds of around 120 mph to raise funds for YouCan. Jo Harper, Dave Round, Kully Braich, James McGlone and Jon Birks decided to each do a tandem skydive for the foundation that offers £300 grants to help people step forward with their ideas, no matter how small, and brings these to life in the form of kick starting bright ideas, community projects, education, volunteering and business opportunities. On 21 August, a cloudy Tuesday, the five of them gathered at the airfield– full of excitement (and a touch of trepidation).   And after five nervous hours waiting for the clouds to clear, the time finally came to get make the jump. Once everyone was back on terra firma we caught up with a few of the team to see how they felt… James McGlone, talent and resourcing specialist, said: “The whole day was an amazing experience. Although I’ve skydived before, I still didn’t know 100% what to expect. And this time around it was with the added pride that I was doing it with some great colleagues raising money for a brilliant cause. So I’d also like to say a huge thanks to everyone who supported, donated and spread the word. And, yes… I probably would do it again!” Jo Harper, business analyst, said: "What an experience…never again though. I have never experienced fear like it! The moment the door opened and I was sitting on the edge of a plane at 13,000 feet was the worst, but also the best, experience I’ve [...]

By |2018-09-04T13:14:46+00:00September 4th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments