It is good to see that the Headway North Cumbria Day Centre is up and running much as it was before the coronavirus outbreak.
Headway North Cumbria closed its Day Centre on 16 March 2020 in anticipation of the first coronavirus lockdown. It remained closed for the following eighteen months until 6 September 2021 when it re-opened, only to be closed again three months later as a result of the rapid spread of the Omicrom variant of COVID-19 and the government restrictions that were put in place to control the spread of the disease.
The Day Centre finally re-opened on 7 March 2022, albeit with reduced opening times, and has remained open ever since. On re-opening in March our ability to run activities was constrained by a limit on the number of people we could have in attendance at the venue, the number of volunteers that we had available, the need for a strict cleaning regime, the need for social distancing and a requirement to wear face masks. A limited range of activities was offered which, thankfully, we were able to expand on as restrictions were relaxed and we rebuilt our team of volunteers. From May 2022 we were able to revert back to our normal opening hours (1pm to 3:30pm) and gradually add back in the full range of activities that we had previously been able to offer.
As we approach 6 months after re-opening it is pleasing to see that the Day Centre is fully up and running with a full set of volunteers, a wide range of activities, and a membership that is attending in the kind of numbers that we were attracting prior to the pandemic. We are also delighted at having been able to welcome some new members. It is business as usual at the Day Centre.
The Headway North Cumbria Day Centre meets once a week on a Monday from 1pm to 3:30pm at the New Waterton Hall, Carlisle. We offer a range of crafting, cooking, and games activities as well as the opportunity for attendees to sit and chat over tea/coffee and home made cakes. We run special events and outings, normally on a monthly basis.
Our cooking group is proving to be increasingly popular with more people wanting to try their hand at making a tasty meal or snack. Recent recipes have included pizza, pasta, sausage rolls, and a variety of cakes and biscuits.
More photographs from our cookery group can be seen in the slideshow below.
We held a very successful Platinum Jubilee Street Party in June. (For a full report on this event please click here)
and the concert put on by Travelling Light was also well received. (For a full report on this event please click here)