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WHO’S UP FOR A CHRISTMAS RAFFLE!?

OUR CHRISTMAS RAFFLE HAS LAUNCHED and the tickets are just £1 each – with a whole host of lovely prizes for you to win!

You have between now and 14th December to get your tickets! The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 16th December.

Some of the prizes include:

  • 2 movie night treat boxes
  • 6 Christmas cupcakes
  • A giant toy hamper
  • A 5 week virtual baby massage course
  • Personalised bathroom bottles
  • Bath bombs
  • Gift sets
  • Vouchers
  • A 2021 calendar of seascapes and landscapes and MUCH MORE!

You can get your raffle tickets in a variety of ways, but make sure you tell us that your donation is for the RAFFLE and how many tickets you would like.

You can either make a donation via our special ‘Christmas Giving 2020’ Just Giving page (link below).

SCREENSHOT this to prove you have made payment (as it can take a little while to show on our Just Giving account) and then SEND the screenshot to us via email, messenger or whatsapp. This will all be done digitally, so we will allocate you a number when you have sent over your screenshot to show you have paid for your tickets.

Or you can donate via Paypal to rose@bdcps.org.uk, again referencing raffle tickets.

Or you can make a donation via BACS – please email lillian@bdcps.org.uk for details.

Remember to share the raffle with friends and family, and perhaps work colleagues too.

If you have a prize you would like to donate, drop ellie@bdcps.org.uk an email.

Good luck!

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VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

BDCPS VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR IS HERE!
We are delighted and super excited to announce we have set up our own charity ‘Virtual Christmas Craft Fair’ so you can support your favourite little charity, as well as support small businesses!

It’s a WIN WIN situation and we want you to share the page, invite your facebook friends and anyone who may be interested in selling!

For our stall holders, it is a minimum donation of £5.00 to join and sell your items.

You will have a stall number allocated once payment is confirmed and then you can post as many times as you like to sell your own products!

If you have your own small business, or enjoy making and creating and need a platform – this is the page for you!🤩

Here is the link to join 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bdcpsvirtualcraftfair

Please get in touch if you have ANY questions! Full details on how to join are in the announcements section of the page.

It may feel like there are bigger things to think about this year, and somehow because Christmas may seem more stripped back, it reminds us how much more the little things are. Show your love for those who mean the most by getting them something unique, personal or handmade by small businesses, who have also had a tough year!🥰

Happy shopping all 💝

#VirtualCraftFair

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Latest updates from BDCPS

June 2020

Hi all – just a quick update for you – we are now just weeks away from summer playscheme and we are going ahead! This year will be very different to our normal summer playschemes BUT we are teaming up with some exceptional providers, including Jade at Spectrum Community Arts, Nathan Sounds and Aga to make this summer the best it can be – think creativity, fun, rainbows, and the usual BDCPS magic! More will be revealed in time…!

The delivery of playscheme will mean we have new stringent safety measures in place and additional procedures to protect our young people, staff and families as best we can. There will be small groups onsite and we will be at Ridgeway School. The days will be shorter and as we are going to be taking less young people, we are extending our playscheme for one extra week and we will also increase our virtual activities.

All staff and volunteers will complete a risk assessment which will help us to safely plan. We will be providing PPE to all staff and volunteers, which includes face masks, scrubs, visors or eye goggles in addition to our usual protective wear.

We understand that it is a very uncertain time for many and that you may have worries or concerns. We are here to answer any questions you have and hopefully we can put your mind at ease.

The government have provided an update for education and childcare providers which you can read here.

17/4/2020

Thank you everyone for your continued support during this time. We hope you had a lovely Easter weekend, and managed to enjoy some sunshine safely. We are continuing to follow the social distancing and government guidelines on COVID-19 and the office team are continuing to work from home.

We are planning for ‘Skool’s Out’ summer playscheme, but this is of course something we that may change but we will keep all updated when we have more information nearer the time.

Summer bookings have been sent to all parent carers, so please do get these back to us with your requests, as soon as you can. We are planning one of our brilliant performances in the final week of playscheme (10th-14th August) so if booking our final week, we need you to be available to attend as many of those days as possible!

To keep spirits high we have planned a number virtual activities to keep everyone at home occupied. There will be opportunities for young people and parent carers to meet up virtually, which include Spectrum Community Arts Zoom sessions led by the wonderful Jade; our parent carer choir will continue to run on Zoom; we will be holding fortnightly quizzes, which are FREE to enter, but optional donations can be made using this link. Keep looking out for other activities we have coming up!

23/3/2020

We are informing you of the changes to BDCPS services following the recent Covid -19 outbreak and recommendations from the government. We have developed a COVID 19 policy and we highly recommend that all parents, carers and staff & volunteers read it carefully.

The key points from government include:

  • Everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid “non-essential” contact with others and “unnecessary” travel
  • People are being asked to work from home where they possibly can and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
  • People are being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new and continuous cough
  • Those in at-risk groups will be asked to be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
  • The UK is to scale up Coronavirus testing in the coming weeks
  • Mass gatherings will no longer be provided with emergency workers

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our children and young people and because many fall in the at-risk group we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to cancel all our clubs, play schemes and parent carer activities for the recommended time of 12 weeks, which takes us to mid June. We will be constantly reviewing and following government guidelines and further decisions will be made once this period of time is over. We will of course keep you fully updated on this throughout.  We will continue to support parent carers in these difficult times in the best ways that we can. We regret that we will be unable to provide any care as this has health implications to you, your families and to our staff.  

Instead we have a very keen team of staff and volunteers who have offered their support in terms of shopping, collecting prescriptions and medication, taking post to the post office, walking dogs or a simple chat via a telephone call. If any parent carer finds themselves unable to leave the house through self-isolation or any other reason we are here to help. Please drop us an email or call us on 01234 351759 to request help.

We will be continuing to work from home and will continue to be there for all of you as much you need us, to try and keep spirits high in the months ahead. Our office telephone number is on a divert so we will get your calls and voicemails you leave. We know it will be a scary time for many, so we want to reassure everyone that we are there for you.

We would also like to reiterate that any payments already made by service users for schemes and clubs will be automatically added as a credit to your account. If you would prefer a refund, this is absolutely fine just please get in touch.

We will continue to update you as things unfold but please continue to stay healthy, safe and well.

With all our love 
Team BDCPS 

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Fortnightly Fun with our Virtual Quiz Nights!

Can’t get to the pub? Let BDCPS bring a bit of pub fun to your home! Our Zoom quiz will run fortnightly on Friday’s at 7:30pm! A great chance to have some fun in time for the weekend, see some familiar faces and get together whilst keeping safe at home.

Our next quiz is on Friday 19th June at 7:30pm with a bit of a Father’s Day theme! All of our quizzes are FREE ENTRY but we have set up a quiz night Just Giving page for people to make an optional donation if you are able to. You can do this by clicking here.

To join, you will need to let us know you are planning to attend, and we will send you the meeting ID and password needed. You must also ensure your profile name on Zoom is correct – we may not admit if we do not see a recognised name. You will need to have a Zoom account. Anyone can join, just grab some note paper and pens and be prepared! Click here to let us know you will be joining us.

Ellie will be quiz-master, keeping everyone entertained in a unique way! Those who have been to her quizzes before know anything can happen so come along and enjoy the fun!

CAN YOU GIVE BDCPS THE CHANCE TO WIN £1000!

12 DAYS OF GIVING – PLEASE NOMINATE!💝🙌

It’s back again this year, and the fabulous ‘Ecclesiastical’ are giving away £1000 a day for the 12 days of Christmas giving!

It really is an easy way that you can help. A simple nomination from you puts us in the draw to win.🤩

Just 2 minutes of your time is ALL it takes to nominate – we have made this even easier for you by pre-filling our charity details for you. So use this link – https://www.movementforgood.com/12days/index.php… – and help us be in with a chance!

Please share this with your friends and encourage them to help too.

Thanks for your support! #12days #movementforgood

SHOPPING ONLINE? DON’T FORGET YOU CAN GIVE BACK AT NO EXTRA COST!

We know many of you will be busy thinking about Christmas shopping and with lockdown here we know many if you will be shopping online.🌐

We highly encourage you to shop local and support small businesses (check our our BDCPS Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook!), but there are always some things you just need from the bigger shops!🛒🛍

So if you do use Amazon please use SMILE.AMAZON and we get a very little percentage donated back to us – but little does help and it’s definitely better than nothing!😊

The other option is to use EASYFUNDRAISING.CO.UK which has links to loads of shops and will donate back a percentage of what you spend.🤩

Both of these cost you NOTHING to use, so it’s win win!🥳

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

The countdown is on for Giving Tuesday 2020! This year has been a tough one and we want you to take some positivity from this year by helping to make a real difference.

We hope you have all felt supported and cared for during this pandemic and the challenges it has thrown at us. This is your chance to give back, however you can. We all have something we can give!

Giving Tuesday is on 1st December. It is an international day of giving, after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness! All ages and abilities can do something to help BDCPS in whatever way you wish.

We have a pretty special #GivingTuesday campaign, so pop the date in your calendars and join us on the day for some inspiration to get involved.

Here are some ideas you may want think about for Giving Tuesday 2020…

  • Are you working from home? How about donating the cost of your commute for a day/week/month?
  • Have you taken up running or another outdoor activity? Can you set a challenge like a sponsored walk/run?
  • Date night at home? Can you give back the cost of a meal out that you have saved this lockdown!?
  • Are you a crafter? Or a sewing bee? We are looking for local creators to help us with some little projects we are planning as part of our parent carer wellbeing. Please email if you can help: ellie@bdcps.org.uk
  • December is our ‘Mince Pie Month’ – can you hold a virtual fundraiser to help out?

Whatever it is – we would LOVE you to be involved. This year more than ever!

Please do get in touch if you can help.

Feel Good Friday’s!

Our virtual activities are up and running again and we are excited to introduce Feel Good Friday’s!

We will be alternating Quiz Night and Bingo Night so there will be something to look forward to every Friday evening!

These will happen live on Zoom at 7:30pm. You will require the meeting ID and password, so don’t miss out on our weekly booking email to ensure you don’t miss out.

Keep up to date with all our activities on our social media pages. You can find the links for these here!

No Tricks – just Treats!

DONATIONS NEEDED! CAN YOU HELP!?🍭 🍬 🍫

We are looking for people, organisations or businesses to help make some of the BDCPS children smile with a delivery of either some sweets, chocolate or sensory slime pots, so we can do some special, spooky deliveries in place of Trick or Treating this year!🎃

If you are a local business, we could help you too by promoting your business on our website and social media platforms to help you expand your customer base.

We would love to have you involved and helping to put some smiles on some faces this Halloween.

Get in touch if you can help by emailing ellie@bdcps.org.uk

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Summer 2020 begins!

After so much uncertainty we are feeling so pleased that we have been able to run Skool’s Out for summer 2020. This summer will be rather different to what we have done before but we are feeling ready to roll with it now.

We have organised summer into 2 onsite groups, or ‘bubbles’. These each have two alternate weeks onsite. The bubbles consist of no more than 6 young people and the minimum amount of staff required to support these fully.

We have been extremely busy getting all the behind the scenes safety in place. The staff have been fully trained in use of PPE and the donning and doffing process. We have introduced many measures for good hygiene and routine cleaning. Everyone is fully prepared and and we can honestly say we are so proud of the team we have and feel confident they will be their usual amazing selves!

We are extremely thankful to local sewers for making us all our scrubs for our staff to wear on scheme. The community has been amazing and we are so thankful.

As mentioned in the previous letter, we will only be using one site, Ridgeway School, with no bus trips out this year. We have appointed Chloe and Kaydee in a new role as our Group Coordinators this year. They have been working together and with Jade at Spectrum to create a FANTASTIC timetable of activities for their groups onsite, as well as an amazing virtual timetable!

For our young people unable to attend playscheme, we have little plans up our sleeves to ensure you are still part of the action including plenty of virtual activities to keep everyone involved!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO IS MAKING THIS HAPPEN – VIRTUALLY OR ONSITE!

Celebrate National Cream Tea Day Online

On Friday 26th June join Rodda’s Clotted Cream and Wilkins & Son, Tiptree as they host the nation’s largest online cream tea gathering for this year’s National Cream Tea Day!


In the absence of the many events that would have taken place this summer, they are bringing the celebration online, helping everyone to come together virtually with friends and family through the power of social media to enjoy a much-needed cream tea.

BDCPS have registered ourselves for the event and you will be able to make a donation via their website to take part in this event. We are really missing our cream tea fundraisers this month!

Even more exciting is that they have teamed up with baking expert and TV chef Juliet Sear, who will be hosting an exciting online bake-a-long on National Cream Tea Day, making a delicious new scone recipe with a twist for all to try. They will post the recipe on their website but you can download this Scone Recipe today!

Follow the day on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Please also post your photos of your home-made cream teas with loved ones, and tag @bdcps and @creamteasociety and help create the ultimate feel-good online occasion!

You can find out more by visiting their website.