Wow! I didn’t know all that was available!

HD8 Network Wow! I did not know all that was availableDo you know how often we are told this when we finally get a chance to speak to people and explain what we offer?

So many people have a preconception of what it is we do and do you know how hard it is to overcome a preconception?

Most people know us for our networking events and we realise that this is probably entirely our fault, as we need to regularly promote them to make sure that we get the bums on seats … especially now they are happening twice a month!

But I think the association to these type of events is due to us having #Network in our name (Even my daughter calls it HD8 Networking Event – but I think she does it to wind me up).

But a Network is exactly what we are.
We are a platform for communication in the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Other people think that we are just Facebook Groups and many possibly don’t realise that we manage a range of them. We have recently changed our posting policy in the Facebook Groups, so that now only members of the HD8 Network can promote their business in there … but do you know how much confusion that has caused? LOADS!! Especially, we think because you can be a member of a Facebook Group, as well as a member of the HD8 Network. And we often have people tell us they are a member of the HD8 Network when they are not even subscribed to our mailing list – possibly haven’t even visited our website.

One of the things that nearly everyone thinks that we do – which we definitely don’t – is publish and distribute the magazine through your door #DefinitelyNotUs

What most people don’t realise is that we ALSO have an online events calendar, business directory, share content via our news page on our website and on our social media channels, have a mailing list of engaged subscribes, offer a range of membership packages for businesses to promote themselves, as well as provide account management to help our members get the exposure they desire.

We are also developing packages for the larger businesses in the area, to compliment their CSR and employee benefit policies and we go out of our way to help community groups and charities.

Did you know we did all of this?
What did you think we did?
I would love the opportunity to discuss this further with you.

HD8 gets a brand-new co-working and meeting Venue

With a host of businesses as well as a myriad of remote workers living in the area, it is not before time that we are about to have a dedicated co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale that is open to anyone in or out of the area.

The Flex Collective is the brainchild of Jayne Adamson who herself worked from home, alone, throughout 2019 and found it both challenging and lonely.  She decided to look for a coworking space to hang out in but liked the idea of staying local, avoiding costly travel and parking costs as well as the commute time.  Until now nothing like this existed in our area so Jayne decided to set it up herself.

The space, which is inside Westleigh House near to the train station, will have a co-working area that holds 9 people and as the name suggests is totally flexible to the needs of its members.  Whether you want somewhere to work just a day a week or three days a week or just to use it on an ad-hoc basis that is entirely up to you.  It works via a membership scheme on the basis that the more you use it the better value it is.

Flex collective HD8 Network member

As well as the co-working side of things, Jayne also recognised the need for the area to have a professional meeting space so has designed this flexible space so that it can work as a business lounge for small non private meetings and also can be booked out by the hour or the day for any kind of meeting for up to 24 people.

There will be training workshops held there which are designed to help business owners to drive their businesses forward with the first ones booked in for very small groups to concentrate on their social media strategy where the attendees will learn how to set their strategy, what platforms they should be posting on and how to set them up and use them to get the best from them.  They will also get 121 advice following the workshop from The Flex Collectives very own social media manager.

And finally, as one of the many challenges that Jayne has recognised being a home worker is the lack of access to office equipment, there will be printing, photocopying and binding facilities, in face anything you would expect to find in a fully stocked office available to members, visitors and the general public.

The aim of The Flex Collective as a business is not just about the space, it is about creating a community of supportive ‘colleagues’ who’s advice and experience we can each call upon if we have a particular challenge and also to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work or meet in whenever the mood takes us.

With government advice changing so quickly Jayne has been ensuring that the space is a safe place to be and is hoping to open the doors officially on the 6th of July.  She is currently offering show arounds on a one to one basis for anyone interested in having a look and a social distanced chat and cuppa.  Please do get in touch with her if you want a nosey.

More details for the Flex Collective can be found by visiting their directory listing here –

The Flex Collective

HD8 Network Social Meetup

We are well known for holding events for businesses Meetups, however our Social Meetup will purely be a social event and have a strict no selling policy.

This event is focused on those who rest and play in the area.

To talk about what we have been up to for leisure and pleasure. Or how homeschooling is going. What walks people have been on. The wonderful sights they have seen in the HD8 area.

Perhaps you might want to talk about the places you have been able to buy things, however this is not a promotional event – by all means let people know if you run a business. But think about this as the pub or church coffee morning – this is purely a social event.

Icebreaker

It is always easier to start a conversation with an ice breaker.

It would be good if you came prepared to the Social Meetup with an ice breaker.  A suggestion from literature is to share 1 very interesting thing, 2 moderately interesting things, 3 very dull things

… or more simply you could have an example of why you love the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, and share positive news and stories.

If, however, you fancy joining, but do not wish to participate other than listening, that is okay too.

Format

We have the option of having one big conversation, or splitting into groups. Depending on number of attendees.

We also have the option of holding a speed social (similar to speed dating or speed networking – but we are not looking for proposals for marriage or business!), just to talk to some different people.

Speed Social would allow you to have lots of mini conversations, instead of open discussion in front of everyone at the same time.

Feel free to message us either through Facebook or email if you would like to understand more or express any preferences.

Tickets

Book your ticket here – hd8networksocialmeetup.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Social Meetup event on Thursday will be free to join

We have created a JustGiving Page for you to be able to donate a contribution. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hd8network

Our suggested ticket price is £5-10 but please give what you can.  Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Our aim is to build a community fund which can be used to provide support to local groups and organisations in the area.
Whether it is to help groups go back to normal or provide services in the meantime.

Future Social Meetup events

We would love to host lots of other social Meetups.
Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

Did you previously run a mother and baby group? We are actively seeking volunteers to tune in and help run Mother With babies session.  These are aimed at mums getting together and not the activity of the child.

We have also considered Parents with homeschooling chat.

Perhaps a book clubs, or movie review night.

Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

You can be demonstrating or passionately talking about your business which can help promote it.

We are hatching a plan for a HD8 Network Show and Tell, where we are inviting people to provide content for our event …. If you are an entertainer, dancer or gym instructor, or a Painter, Builder or Plumber giving DIY tips, or reading poetry or stories, exhibiting a photo collection … what would you like to watch or maybe offer?

You can be promoting a business (but don’t be too salesy, as no one likes being sold too) or just passionate about what you do.

Never used Zoom before?

Get in touch before the meeting and we can do a practise run and talk you through it.

Support charities in the 2.6 Challenge

As many of you will know, Sunday 26th April was supposed to be the London Marathon but instead it’s now the 2.6 challenge day.

The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are asking for support in the 2.6 challenge to help UK charities, like themselves, through the pandemic.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust 2.6 challengeThe idea is to create a 2.6 challenge using the numbers 2 & 6 whether its walking 2.6 miles, 26 star jumps or having a zoom call with 26 people doing an activity 26 times.

HGCT is asking everyone to get involved and share their challenges on social media, donating to help keep us continuing our good work in the community.

Please take a look at their website for more information – https://hgct.co.uk/be-a-2-6-hero/

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.  Using the influence of professional sport, the trust is responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.

The charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trust engages with over 200,000 people every year through sports coaching within The Zone, local schools, grassroots clubs and the wider community.

Within their home The Zone, the Trust also provides further opportunities for the community, including their own post 16 Education facility which provides students with the opportunity for further study. HGCT also delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across the region every year.

For Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s contact details please check out their listing on our directory

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Kirklees Council Showcasing local business diversification – Coronavirus Pandemic

Kirklees CouncilKirklees Council knows this is an incredibly difficult time for local businesses and we’re keen to showcase those that have adapted, fundamentally changed or refocussed their business models during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Over the next couple of months we’ll be running a marketing campaign:

  • to celebrate business success
  • promote lessons that could be transferred to other businesses/sectors of the economy
  • look towards the economic recovery from the virus

I’m looking for businesses in Kirklees that have:

If you know of any currently, or hear of any businesses over the few months that meet this criteria please email business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk with the business name, contact details and a quick summary of how the business has adapted (or ask the business to get in touch if you don’t want to forward details).

Many thanks

Kirklees Business Team

Update; Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC’s online claims system for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has launched today, Monday 20th April. Businesses participating in the scheme will be able to claim up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe scheme has now been extended to the end of June 2020 and businesses can claim for furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

Further details about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are included in the attached flyer which has been updated with the latest information and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Further updates you may be interested in today:

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving.  We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area.  One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.

Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services.  However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am

We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events.  However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing).  So we have decided to hold these weekly.

Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.

These Virtual Meetups will cost

  • £10 to non members,

  • £5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members.

At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years.  All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.

Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –

  • useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.

  • also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.

If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk

However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.

If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Has your business been closed or seriously affected by coronavirus?

Are you considering staff redundancies? 

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could help.

Government Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

This website includes information on the full range of support available for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment in the District.

Kind regards

Kirklees Council Business Team

business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.

Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

This includes a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees.

Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Membership could be part of your CSR policy

Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?

Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?

For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.

Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.

Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.

The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.

By becoming a member and paying the membership fees, you enable us to run our website and free online events calendar, as well as manage our social media communities.

We have many hopes and dreams for the HD8 Network and taking large profits is not one of them (despite my husbands frustrations).

Everything we have so far earnt (and more) has been reinvested into building the ‘business’ and we have no intentions of stopping there!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

In the past we have

  • given discounted membership to charities and non-profit organisations, enabling them to come to our meetings and promote their messages.
  • sponsored a toddler group’s sign – by paying for and organising a vinyl banner to be printed, which let more people know where they met.
  • communicated a local rugby club’s campaign  for sponsors and trustees to enable them to acquire their desired new changing rooms.
  • provided space for a local newsletter to be accessible online.
  • annually supported a internationally recognised music festival that happens locally.

This is just a few examples of how we have helped the locally community. And we want to do more and to help more.

If you would be interested in learning how your membership could help the local area please get in touch.

Government grants for businesses in Kirklees – update

Kirklees Council has had a fantastic response from local businesses seeking to draw down a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.

As of this morning over 4,300 grant applications have been submitted.

Council staff are working hard to process the submissions, undertake any checks required by Government and get payments out as soon as possible.

BACS payments will commence later today and will continue on a daily basis until all of the grants have been paid.

However, we know that many more Kirklees businesses are eligible for a grant

Please would appreciate you could share this article within your local networks to make sure all businesses receive support as soon as possible.

Further information and the online application form is available at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants at business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk although regrettably it is not possible to answer queries about the timing of individual payments due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries.

Help businesses in Kirklees apply for Government coronavirus grants

The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

This week Kirklees Council has written to all businesses in Kirklees who are eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant to let them know that they need to complete an online form on the Council website in order to ensure payment as swiftly and securely as possible at the beginning of April. Further information and the online form is available here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

However, we are aware that, due to the current situation, many business owners are not at their business premises and therefore may not see this letter immediately.  We would therefore be grateful if you could share this message via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants or their application at business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk.

Coronavirus – help and advice for businesses in Kirklees

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment.

As you will know the Government has announced a package of targeted measures to support businesses during this period, including a job retention scheme; business rate reliefs and grants for small businesses and firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors; support for Statutory Sick Pay for SMEs; and loan finance via the Bank of England and British Business Bank.

Full details can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

These pages are updated regularly with the latest information so please do refer back to the website frequently.

The Council is currently writing to all businesses and premises that are eligible for the Business Rates Relief Grant; please refer to the website for any updates on this.

Kind regards

Kirklees Council Business Team

Coronavirus – Kirklees Council Community Response – Holmfirth/Kirkburton/Denby Dale

Its Lawrence here from the Community Hubs team at Kirklees Council.

I just wanted to give you an update on how the Council will be working to offer support to communities through this period.

We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. We’re working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of Third Sector Leaders).

Together we’ve developed a co-ordinated Community Response, including a Kirklees Council helpline and online forms that anyone can use to either request help, or to offer support to others. Our response teams in local places will be matching requests for help with offers of support, so that we can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Anyone can let us know about the things they need help with, or that someone who they are concerned about might need help with. Individuals, organisations and businesses can also tell us about the support they may be able to offer to others, via the forms and number below.

The helpline is managed by Kirklees Direct and opened at 9am on Wednesday 25th March. It will initially be open from 8am to 6pm weekdays. We will review this daily. Citizens and organisations can share information with us online at any time.

Also, locally, the key community organisations offering and coordinating community support are:

  • Holme Valley:

Holme Valley Mutual Aid Community Group.

Tel: 01484 212056

E: support@holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk

Info: www.holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk.

  • Denby Dale/Kirkburton:

Denby Dale Centre

Tel: 00441484860077

E: hello@ddc.org.uk

Info: https://www.ddc.org.uk/virus

If you are a local organisation that is either offering support, or are aware of support being offered locally by individuals, organisations, or businesses, it’s crucial that we are aware of this so we can factor that in into finding the right support on the ground, so I’d ask you to please fill out the form following the link above. Also, feel free to let me know directly, so I have a better overview of local groups offering support, and I can feed this in on the ground. It would also be advisable to make contact with either of the local key community organisations, to ensure coordination of efforts as much as possible.

Please can you share this information through your networks.

Thank you all for all of your efforts to support your communities so far.

Do not hesitate to get in contact with any further questions or issues.

 

Best wishes to you all,

Lawrence Dodd

Community Hub Co-ordinator – Holmfirth Family Hub and The Bridge Hub

Kirklees Community Hubs Team

Coronavirus – Help and Advice for Businesses

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors.

It is important that we provide consistent and up to date information to enable businesses to access the support available – and to reach as many affected businesses as we can.

I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached flyer to your members.

It provides an overview of the support package, a link to the Council website which is being regularly updated and the relevant contact details.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Team.

 

Flood support in West Yorkshire

FSB Members will have recently received this information by email about the recent flooding and the support available for small businesses affected

Following the flooding incidents that have followed Storm Ciara over the weekend, local authorities are working to help businesses and communities. 

If your business has been affected there is some practical advice from the FSB about what you can do before, during and after a flood.

If you are affected in any way the following details may be of use.

Get help: The Environment Agency has specially trained Flood Support Officers across the country who provide information and advice during and after floods. Call Floodline (24-hour service) on 0345 988 1188.

Check the Government’s National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood, 24/7 on: 0345 988 1188.

You can also report a flood or possible cause of flooding via the Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Insurance: If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice. Members can take advantage of the FSB Insurance Service, including the advice line and business continuity planning kit. For further advice on making claims insurance claims click here. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055 

Prepare for more flooding: Further rainfall is expected in the next 36 hours with weather warnings issued across England. Keep up to date with the government flood alert service.  

Health: If you are concerned about any health related issues following the flooding call the NHS 111 service. In an emergency call 999. 

 

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

Shepley Spring Festival asks for your support

Shepley Spring Festival 2020

Shepley Spring Festival are asking you to support their Spacehive Fundraising Bid (https://www.spacehive.com/shepley-spring-festival) this week.

By pledging just a small amount you can help make a big difference and make this happen!

In 2019 Shepley Spring Festival moved to a great location just a couple of miles from Shepley to Storthes Hall Park.

The Venue offers a great indoor space ideal for an intimate friendly folk festival.

It is set in secure woodland and offers indoor accommodation as well as extended camping space in 2020.

It is a great place to bring the children for the weekend.

Now Shepley Spring Festival are looking for your support to make the event even more family friendly.

Panic Circus at Shepley Spring FestivalTo help bring back Panic Circus and music workshops for the children, opening up more opportunities for our local community to come along and get involved, the festival is using the ‘Spacehive’ crowdfunding initiative – which will also hopefully receive the needed backing from Kirklees Council – to raise some of the money to pay for these family friendly attractions.

Spacehive support our campaign

However! There is only a week left to raise the funds needed to make this happen.

Click here for details of how you can help – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/shepley-spring-festival-asks-for-your-support/

The Shepley Spring Festival are not asking for large sums of money, just a small pledge from lots of you will make this project part of the 2020 festival!

 

Festival Tickets

Tickets are on sale for Shepley Spring Festival 2020.

Early bird tickets are sold out.

Tier 1 tickets at £90 for the weekend are selling fast.

Youth and student reduced prices, all accompanied children are free.

Get yours now.

Available by post or online.

For details of all the artists booked so far look on Shepley Spring Festival website – www.ShepleySpringFestival.co.uk/artists

 

 

 

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Fuel the Sleigh

Laura Crane Trust Logo HD8 NetworkCancer does not take time off over Christmas and so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’s Christmas appeal ‘Fuel the Sleigh’ aims to spread a little cheer to young people forced to spend the holidays in hospital away from their family and loved ones.

The gifts that you donate to the nationwide campaign organised by The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will be given to young people between 13- and 24-years old spending Christmas in hospitals across the UK to open on Christmas morning

team santa laura crane youth cancer trustGifts wrapped by volunteers are delivered to around 500 young people, being treated at the 43 hospital units nationwide.

In Yorkshire there are only 6 specialist hospitals available for young cancer patients – LGI, St James’, Weston Park, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield the Castle Hill Hospital in Hull – meaning that these young people have to travel far for their treatments and are potentially separated from their family and loved ones on Christmas morning.

Over the coming weeks the Laura Crane sleigh will travel from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and across to Dublin and Belfast – covering approximately 5,970 miles. Last year a staggering 1,281 gifts were delivered to patients across the country and the charity are hoping to do the same again this year.

Young people staying at these specialist hospitals will be amongst those receiving a bundle of gifts from the charity including an Amazon voucher, chocolates and a distraction therapy game.

Sarah Dransfield, Ambassador for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, has put together a list of personal gifts, inspired by the gifts she received herself as a teenage cancer patient.

Please use this list to help you buy and donate gifts to support this campaign –
• Cosy gifts such as fluffy socks, slippers and pyjamas, hats, scarves and gloves or microwavable wheat-bag warmers
• Gifts to help pass the time – trivia quiz, card games, adult colouring books, fidget spinners, books, and arts and crafts
• Practical gifts such as power banks – to charge devices or Bluetooth speakers
• Pampering gifts such as wash sets, make-up and beauty products, eyebrow kits or nail-varnish.

HD8 Network Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Pam Thornes, Charity Manager at The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust told us about how the campaign started “We became aware that because teenagers are often treated on adult wards they were missing out on any special surprises at Christmas and certainly weren’t receiving any gifts. All are waking up on Christmas morning in a hospital bed, away from the comfort of home and loved ones.

“Every child, however, deserves to wake up to a special gift at Christmas. And thanks to the ongoing kindness and goodwill of volunteers – and the generosity of all who continue to support the appeal – we are able to make that a reality for the young patients spending the festive season in hospital – a message that we are all thinking of them.”

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity focused on funding research specifically into cancers affecting the 13-24 age group. The charity also funds measures to improve the quality of life for these young cancer patients, during their frequent and often debilitating stays in hospital.

Mum, Andrea, whose son received a gift from Laura Crane at Christmas last year explains what it meant to their family: “When my son woke up in hospital on Christmas morning, he was so touched to receive a bag of gifts from your organisation. It not only made being in hospital at Christmas time more bearable, but it also made it feel more special knowing that people were thinking about him and actually cared that he was away from family and friends at a time when he felt most isolated.”

If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign you can do so by making an online donation to the charity’s virtual Christmas Gift tree.

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year why not light up the Laura Crane tree with lights, presents and baubles and your own special Christmas messages.

All donations will go towards buying gifts, wrapping paper and of course fuelling the sleigh.

Companies have the opportunity to become one of the charity’s Corporate Santas and make a real difference this Christmas.

For more information or to make a donation via the virtual Christmas tree visit http://www.lauracranetrust.org/.

or visit their directory listing on the HD8 Network here –

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

 

 

Six week beginner Hatha yoga course

Start your yoga journey with this six week beginner Hatha yoga course starting Monday 6th January 2020.

Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures so it’s ideal for beginners and those wishing to perfect their practice. Each posture will be broken down so you will learn how to get into them correctly and safely.

Pura Vida HolisticsLearn how to connect your mind with your body, breath and soul by working through beginner asanas (postures) whilst connecting with your breath both statically in postures and also by learning ujjayi breath to ease dynamically from one posture into another and bring a sense of calm to the body.

Each class will begin with some Pranayama (breath work) to arrive, settle and ground you on the mat connecting your mind with your body and your breath followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone. The classes will finish with a guided restorative savasana (relaxation) to awaken your senses and cultivate a calm, steady mind and help you to connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

Benefits of yoga:

*Time and space just for you to relax, rejuvenate and heal

*Support weight management and increase muscle tone

*Boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness

*Increase confidence levels and self awareness

*Increase strength and flexibility

*Cultivate a calm, steady mind

*Increase energy levels

*Aids a restful night’s sleep

*Relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety and mild depression

Investment: £39.00 non refundable, payable in advance.

To book your place call Amanda at Pura Vida.  For contact details please visit Pura Vida listing –   

Pura Vida Holistic Therapies and Yoga

Meetup Speaker

Simon MonaghanWe are pleased to announce that we have a last minute speaker added to our Meetup agenda on November.

Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.

The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.

Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.

Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.

Book your ticket for our Meetup by visiting – https://hd8networkmeetup-nov.eventbrite.co.uk or it will cost you more on the door.

For more information about our Meetups please visit https://www.hd8network.co.uk/meetup/  or call me on 07790705223.