|World Book Night 2013|
Posted: 29th of April 2013
|World Book Night 2013 |
World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading that sees 20,000 selected volunteers give specially chosen and printed books to spread a passion for reading in their communities.
An independent editorial committee of librarians, booksellers, writers and broadcasters drew up a list of twenty titles from which the volunteers were asked to choose their book to give away – each volunteer receiving 20 copies of their favourite book.
Recent research has found that a third of households in the UK don’t have books in them, and 16% of adults struggle with literacy.
The ethos of World Book Night is that books are for everyone and reading has the power to change lives. World Book Night volunteers come from all walks of life and the only thing that connects them is their shared belief in the power and importance of books and reading.
As well as the books given by the volunteers, World Book Night also give books directly to institutions and through partners and charities to reach those who could especially benefit including prisoners, homeless people, those in hospital, care hostels and sheltered and supported housing.
Shirlyn has been selected as one of the 20,000 volunteers and her chosen book title is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. She says she chose this book because it is an amazing story, and, although the protagonist’s life is blighted by mistreatment and terrible ignorance, it is also marked by love, compassion and most of all hope.
The Secret Scripture is a gift from Shirlyn to the clients at Woking Mind and she hopes that they will enjoy it as much as she did. If, however, anyone does not enjoy the book then please do not struggle through it but give it to someone who might like it but please give it a try.
Shirlyn - World Book Night giver.
Volunteer at Woking Mind
Posted: 25th of April 2013
|Over the late Spring and Summer period the Monday and Tuesday drop-in sessions 10.30 to 13.30 at CornerHouse continue. Duncan will be running the art programme every Monday and Lindsay is arranging a healthy walk every Tuesday. In addition tea and coffee is readily available throughout the session and a light lunch is prepared for midday. The cost of attending is just £1. |
|Food Safety Training|
Posted: 14th of November 2012
|On Wednesday 12th December ten of our members will attending training with the adult education service. This is a one day course on food safety and the successful candidates will receive a certificate. This is very useful training for Woking Mind as it will support us at functions where we wish to offer a catering service.
Good luck to everyone who is participating!
|May Day Quiz|
Posted: 3rd of May 2012
|The May Day Quiz held on Tuesday 1st May raised lots of discussion regarding fact and myths about the month of May. If you were unable to join us and wish to have a go at the quiz - here are the questions |
1. How would people celebrate May Day in Medieval Times?
2. What is the 1st May traditionally called?
3. Is there any special person associated with this holiday? If so, who?
4. What is the gem stone for May?
5. What is the flower for May?
6. What is the name of the Greek goddess for whom May is named after?
7. Why did the Anglo-Saxons call May Tri-Milchi?
8. In folklore, was the month of May considered lucky or unlucky for getting married?
9. In folklore, was buying a new broom and washing blankets considered to bring good or bad luck?
10. Who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia on 5th May 1930?
11. What was the big achievement for Roger Bannister on 6th May 1954?
12. Who was the famous nurse born on 12th May 1820?
May Day superstition – young girls rushed out into the garden to wash their faces in the ‘May dew’. The old tale said that May dew had magic properties and the dew was able to remove freckles, spots and pimples!
|Quality Management in Mind|
Posted: 3rd of May 2012
|We are delighted to be able to announce that Woking Mind has been successful in obtaining the Quality Management in Mind Certificate at level 1.|
Our thanks to everyone who has helped us in preparing our self assessment and met with the reviewers at the assessment visit.
In the summary section of the reviewers report we were given the following excellent accolade
Woking Mind’s work and impact in tackling stigma related to mental health is disproportionate to its size and capacity. It has excellent innovative links and partnerships, more akin to a level three local Mind, with statutory, cultural and educational organisations in its area of benefit which deliver stigma tackling projects and services to members. Its engagement with student volunteers has worked incredibly well and produced the high quality online education pack, which needs to be promoted across the network. However, capacity for promoting and taking forward projects is very limited but the Mind network may be able to assist. The Board have a wealth of experience in mental and physical health and are very involved in the operational running of the organisation. Talking to all stakeholders it becomes clear how all the various activities and projects compliment each other and engage members in very different ways.
|World Book Night|
Posted: 3rd of May 2012
|We were delighted to have been chosen as the recipients of books as part of the global book night on 23rd April. Shirlyn Grover was selected as one of the 20,000 book givers when specially printed copies of titles chosen for the day were handed out for free to encourage a passion for reading.|
At the drop-in session that day Shirlyn handed out 25 copies of Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. This was the start of the books journey and there will be opportunity to discuss the book further through the editorial group that she now runs on a Tuesday morning.
|Valentine Day Quiz|
Posted: 15th of February 2012
|On 14th February we participated in a Valentine Quiz. Two teams managed a hearty 9 of 12 correct answers. Everyone seemed to enjoy trawling back through the grey cells trying to recall snippets of information from English and History classes. If you were unable to be present but would still like to have a go at the quiz here are the questions.|
Valentine Day Quiz
1. Who wrote ‘The Parliament of Birds’? It is the first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love.
2. Who is St. Valentine? Choose one of the following:
• A Greek God
• A Roman Emperor
• A martyred Roman
• A Pagan King
3. Who acceded to the English Throne on 14th February 1689?
4. Who applied for a telephone patent, on the 14th February 1876? The Supreme Court ruled that he was the rightful inventor.
5. What play opened in London on 14th February 1895? It is described as a trivial comedy for serious people and you can still go to see a performance of it today.
6. What do Kevin Keegan, Ronnie Peterson, Vic Briggs and Pauline’s grandmother have in common?
7. Who did Nicole Appleton (former member of All Saints) marry on 14th February 2008?
8. Members of whose gang killed rival gang members in the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in 1929?
9. February 14th is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. How many days are remaining until the end of 2012?
10. Who was the actress who played the lead in the British film ‘Shirley Valentine’?
11. How much was spent in the UK last year on Valentine Day cards, chocolates and flowers?
Choose from the following:
• £378 million
• £503 million
• £600 million
12. What is the biggest selling love song of all time?
Posted: 15th of February 2012
|Who would you like to be your guest on Valentine’s Day and why would you choose this person? Please go to our reports section to find out how members of our drop-in sessions voted.|