Happy Red Nose Day, I hope you have had fun dressing your little ones in something red for school, or have you been to work with a big red nose today? I was contemplating sitting in the office with one, but there's no-one to show, and as much as I like being silly, this would be a step too far, even for me!
I'm yet to ever say, it's been a quiet week, I don't think anyone has a quiet week. I have been back and forth to the hospital this week, my Mum got rushed in early hours Monday morning with what now appears to be, Gastroenteritis. It's not nice seeing your little old (ish) mum being sick every 15 minutes and feeling a bit helpless, luckily we have wonderful hospitals, with wonderful staff who are starting to make her feel much better.
Autism Friendly Garforth - Shouting all Garforth Traders
We are now in a position to offer training to any of our Garforth local traders, Training will take place on Tuesday's and Thursday's between 28th May and 20th June at Cielo from 5.30pm - This is a free training session to make our town, Autism Friendly
Helen from The Jigsaw Tree, explains all.......
Hello, I’m Helen, from the Jigsaw Tree, which is a community group based in Garforth. We support families of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The group was established in 2013 and now supports upward of 250 families in the Garforth, Leeds and the surrounding areas.
One of our aims is to raise autism awareness and acceptance in the local community. With help from the Tesco ‘Groundwork’ scheme, we are in a position to offer autism awareness training to customer facing businesses in Garforth (two members of staff per business).
We hope this will benefit you in three ways:
Firstly, the training is free of charge. I have been delivering autism training for a number of years to a wide variety of companies, which has always been very well received. The training will help businesses to understand what autism is, how it can affect people (especially in relation to your type of business) and how to make small, easy & free adjustments to accommodate someone with autism.
“Great to understand the ways our shop might affect autistic people – not struggling much myself, it was so easy to judge before. Now I will be much more mindful and know how to help!”
“A very insightful & human description of autism and the issues involved”
Secondly, having an autism-friendly Garforth will make visiting local business both more accessible and a more positive experience for the families we support. Many of our families only shop online due to difficulties with going to shops or the lack of understanding from people around them, but they would also like to support local business. Training for and resulting understanding from staff will help to increase custom as people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families will feel more confident to explore their local community. Word soon spreads about positive experiences and more of the wider autism community will hopefully start to bring their custom to Garforth.
Thirdly, we will be promoting local business who attend the training in our social media and in association with Tesco Groundwork.
The free autism awareness training will be offered in the following categories and will be held in Cielo 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between May 28th & June 20th 2019
On completion of the autism awareness course, we will provide:
A certificate of completion for attendees
Materials to display to indicate that the business is ‘Autism Aware’.
Information on autism awareness to cascade to other staff members.
To register your interest in attending the training, please click on the button 'Book here'. We very much hope you will take advantage of this free training. See you there!
Kindest regards, Helen
Heard from Caddock Construction this week. They are so pleased to announce that 96% of their units on the Lidl complex have been filled in under a year. So I question, besides what we know already, who else is planning on moving in? So they kindly informed me that Gregg's has put an offer in ! Read on
I just want to shout so loudly, 1. why do need another Gregg's, 2. Those units were never really intended for independents, as they're too big and too expensive. Ideal for the Vet's but not much else could go in there and if they decided to put the offer in for the whole unit, will this mean a cafe? I have aired my views to the powers that be, but not sure what can be done - this whole complex has created a destination and we saw Main Street have it's quietest February in a long time - I wonder why!
Thought for the weekend - please don't forget about the small guys, because without a good High Street, it will effect your house price! We need to get the balance right and we're slowly tipping too far to the chains, we surely don't want to be like every other town?
Until next week - A special thanks to Garforth in Bloom for making Garforth look so darn pretty
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?