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York House Centre have been very lucky to have one of our projects included in the Co-op Local Communty Fund scheme during 2018/19.

We were amazed and delighted that Co-op members raised a whopping total of £2,468.31 towards our ‘Outside is for Everyone’ project to encourage outdoor activities and exercise.

‘Outside is for Everyone’ is raising funds to improve the facilities for our Astroturf area which is already used by many of our user groups, particularly our 2 Youth Clubs.  The completion of the sports netting will attract new users to the centre (e.g. children’s soccer camps) and will allow other areas of the gardens to be safely enjoyed at the same time as the Astroturf is being used for sports and games activities.  We have already raised enough funds to install an access ramp to the Astroturf, making it safely accessible for all our users, but particularly those with limited mobility.

When Co-op members shop, 1% of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund. Members can choose a local cause registered on the Co-op website that they want their 1% to support.

The ‘Big Co-op Payout’ gives the Co-op a chance to thank their members for helping them give back to local communities and also offers a chance for the charities receiving the donations to say a MASSIVE thank you.  York House Trustee, Derek Gibbons, went along to the Deanshanger Co-op on Saturday 23 November to talk to staff and customers about what we do at York House Centre and, of course, thank them for their amazing donation!



Santa’s Grotto in aid of Act Out & Act Up!

As part of this year’s Stony Stratford Switch-On Fun Day, Santa will be coming to town and setting up his own custom-built grotto!

Red Phoenix Storyteller & Pals will be helping Santa to raise funds for Act Out & Act Up, affordable community drama classes for young people aged 6 to 16 years.

When: Saturday 30 November 2019
Where: Find Santa in the Market Square, Stony Stratford (underneath the Health Centre)
Times: 11.30am – 3.00pm
Cost: £3.00 per child (includes 1 gift per ticket)

Arts for All Success – ‘Lost in Space…’ at York House Centre!

Another fantastic York House Arts for All took place on Saturday 12 October with hundreds of families joining us at York House Centre for an art-tastic experience…

Local artists, Michelle Buckland and Angela Carel, transformed York House into Outer Space with a universe backdrop of moon, stars, planets, satellites and spaceships.  There were a wide range of arty activities based around the theme – loads of weird and wonderful aliens to colour-in and paint; postcards from Space; bunting to decorate and hang up on the washing line around the hall; paper marbling; planet making, the very popular ‘paint a moon rock’; make a Space plate scene; icing rocket biscuits; face-painting, design your own shooting star t-shirt and loads more to make and do….  The creativity flowed from people of all ages – from tiny tots to those more advancing in years – and a fabulous time was had by all.

We are grateful to Stony Stratford Town Council, Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the York House Centre Local Giving Fund for their generous funding.  Added to the money raised via the Volunteer Cafe, paid activities and bucket donations, this allows these events to be FREE for everyone (including materials) every year, giving the opportunity to all families to play and create together.

A massive thank you to all our Volunteers (the York House Arts Crew) who give so freely of their time to help everyone enjoy the day, and to everyone who baked cakes and ran the Volunteer Cafe to keep the masses fed and watered!

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