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Welcome to Newground Joanne!

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Joanne Dootson has started with us as a Volunteer Engagement Officer at Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.  The park has recently benefitted from a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project which has refurbished the coach house and glass house, created a kitchen garden and made many improvements to the park on a wider basis including the restoration of many beautiful original features.

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Offshoots hosts UCLan students

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Offshoots in Burnley hosted a number of UCLan students this Thursday 20th September.  The students worked on various volunteer tasks throughout the day, including helping with removing some old raised beds and tidying up some of the other areas on site. As usual, the heavens opened and all the students were dripping wet by the time they had finished, but happy at their achievements when they…

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What's on at Shadsworth Hub

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Over the next few weeks, we are running a number of activities at our base Shadsworth Hub, Blackburn, for local residents and tenants.

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Blackburn residents celebrate Starts at Home Day

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Tenants at one of our Blackburn with Darwen supported housing schemes have been talking about the support they receive as part of events to mark Starts at Home Day.

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Towneley Heritage & Woodland Day

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The annual Towneley Heritage and Woodland Day is being held in Towneley Park on Sunday 9th September 12-4pm. As usual Offshoots is a big part of the festival.

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Cycling gives me a sense of freedom and achievement

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Alan Dickerson came to Works Better in February 2018, after moving to Brighouse and finding it difficult to find employment. He had no transport and was struggling to get to interviews ... until he signed up to the CityConnect Cycles project in Calderdale. Read full article here.

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Let's go fly a kite

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Newground are flying a kite to celebrate our vibrant communities and beautiful landscapes at a series of community engagement workshops in the build up to The South Pennines' International Kite Festival, FLY!.

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Offshoots will never forget him

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Last week Suzanne and I were given some seeds, not just any seeds, but Forget me Not given to every mourner at the funeral of one of our volunteers, Steve Harrington. Ever since I have been working at Offshoots, 71 year old Steve and his wife Maureen, have been here every Tuesday or Saturday if they  couldn’t work on Tuesday (loyal  volunteers  have their own flexi time!) both contributing to the…

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