Tackling hygiene poverty in and around Newark

For the first time in a long time, not one but two guests in the studio with June this weekend…

When Ginette Smith and and her daughter Kayleigh Hardy join forces to talk about a recently-launched local project that’s part of a national charity called The Hygiene Bank.

The charity’s belief is simple – basic hygiene is not a privilege – and its vision is to ensure that one day everyone living in the UK will have access to essential hygiene products.

It’s just a few weeks since the launch of the Newark Hygiene Bank and in the second hour of the show Ginnette will be explaining why and how she became its co-ordinator, as well as how local businesses and residents can help it achieve its aims.

“The UK is facing the biggest drop in living standards since the 1950s and as the cost of living reaches record levels, many people across the country are finding themselves caught between being able to heat their homes, pay the rent, buy food or keep clean,” she says.

“As a result, increasing numbers of households are now exposed to hygiene poverty and are left without access to essentials such as nappies, toothpaste and period products.

“Our aim is to help them overcome this problem and to do so we’re looking to house donation boxes in local stores or pick up such items from them so that those in need can collect the products from Beaumont Walk Community Centre on Strawberry Hall Lane in Newark.”

Make sure you tune in to 107.8FM or listen on the apps, on Alexa or online from just after 11am to find out more from Ginnette and Kayleigh…

And in the meantime, if you’re a local business owner able to house a collection box or donate hygiene products, you can get in touch with Ginnette by email here.

From crafts to curling – and even a little bit of karaoke!

What’s the connection between regular craft classes held at a church here in Newark, a recent fundraising event opened by the Town Mayor and a letter from Buckingham Palace no less?

At least two people know the answer – June herself of course and Carolyn Brocklebank, her next guest on Girls Around Town

And they’ll be live on air in the second hour of this Sunday‘s show to fill you all in!

A former teacher, Carolyn is a Trustee for Newark MENCAP who volunteers at the meetings of a group of special needs adults called The Avenue, based at the Congregational Church on Hatton Gardens.

On the programme every week, members take part in a whole range of activities including dancing, singing, karaoke, health, well being and curling, along with the different crafts they get to try with Carolyn herself.

Late last month, the group hosted an event featuring tea, coffee and cakes, games and tombola which aimed at raising funds to take its clients out to TWINLAKES Theme Park for the day.

Carolyn will have an update on the event itself, along with details of how the fundraising went and why this planned outing – the first the group’s members will be able to enjoy since before the start of Covid restrictions – is so important to everyone involved.

Last but by no means least, she’ll be answering the final bit of that question above – just where does a letter from Buckingham Palace come in?

It was received in response to a special project they did to celebrate the recent Platinum Jubilee but if you want to know more, you’ll need to Put On Your Sunday Best on 107.8FM, on the free apps, on Alexa or online between 10am and 12 noon to find out all about it from Carolyn…

Suffice to say, it’s already been framed and not surprisingly now has pride of place in their meeting room!

Are you up for a challenge?

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you may well remember hearing June talking to various people from REACH, a Nottinghamshire charity dedicated to helping local people with learning disabilities live happier, healthier lives in their community.

With centres in Southwell, Newark and Mansfield along with two Flower Pods in the district, its team does this by running courses, social activities, holidays and best practice projects to find new solutions to problems and also offers quality one-to-one care support through Reach Learning Disability Care CIC.

With several fundraising events on the horizon for the coming months, the team certainly has a busy summer ahead…

And fundraising director Julia Sandhu will be live in the studio next Sunday morning to share all the details!

Maybe you fancy taking the plunge of a tandem skydive over at Langar Airfield in a couple of months’ time?

Perhaps you’re a runner who’s up for the challenge of the Newark Half Marathon in August?

Or is raising money for REACH through October‘s Virtual London Marathon more your cup of tea?

Julia will have information about these and other fundraising events on the summer and autumn programme when she takes to the mic just after 10.10am next weekend.

So make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps or online to Put On Your Sunday Best from the very start of the show and find out how you can get involved…

And in the meantime, if you want a few more details about the events and how to sign up for them, just follow this link