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Pinstriped pedallers support Suits On Bikes charity ride

A group of business people cut a dash through the rush hour traffic by cycling to work in suits to raise funds for charity. The Children’s Centre’s Suits On Bikes event saw 14 fundraisers leaving their cars at home and commuting by bike wearing a suit and tie. To take part they could either ride on all five days of the working week starting on October 20, or just on Friday October 24. Funds are still coming in, but the final total raised is expected to be around £2,500 which will go towards The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects.

Manx trekkers’ Moroccon mountain marathon

A team of fundraisers made it to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa as part of a charity challenge organised by The Children’s Centre. The group of 17 trekkers set off for the summit of Mount Toubkal which is 4,167metres (around 13,600 feet) summit above sea level and the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. Fifteen of the party made it to the top and the whole group raised a total of £12,750 which will go towards helping The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects.

Harvest Moon Festival raises £1,345 for Community Farm

The Community Farm hosted a Harvest Moon Festival which featured a magnificent evening of Manx music, dance and food for all the family. Around 80 visitors were also entertained with a good old-fashioned ceilidh featuring Manx artists, and a hog roast. Dot Tilbury MBE was compere for the evening, and well-known livestock auctioneer Peter Quayle presided over a mhelliah auction of local produce.

How we can all profit from social enterprises

Interest in the social impact of business is growing both among the general public, and local and national government. There is a growing recognition of the importance of an ethical dimension to business – and the emergence of social enterprises is one solution which provides an alternative to the traditional corporate model.

A date for your diary

The Community Farm is opening its doors on Wednesday 1st October from 1pm – 3.30pm to anyone interested in finding out about the Inclusion Programme.

The scheme, funded by Manx Mencap, is open to over 18s from the disability community. Learning sessions run weekly from 10am-4pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They deliver vocational qualifications including Open Awards in Horticultural Skills and an Introduction to Conservation. There is a nominal fee per session of £2 each.

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Why ‘social value’ is so important to small communities

The concept of ‘social value’ in regard to public services is growing in importance both here and in the UK. In a nutshell, social value is the additional benefit to the community from a commissioning/procurement process over and above the direct purchasing of goods, services or outcomes. This is the most widely accepted definition, and one which is used in the NHS social value ‘toolkit’.

Join us for our very own festival of food, music and dance!

A magnificent evening of Manx music, dance and food is being lined up at the Community Farm next month. The Harvest Moon Festival is on September 27th and we want to hear from local food producers, musicians and dance groups that want to take part.

Find out about programme for disability community at taster sessions

The Children’s Centre Community Farm is running taster sessions over the summer for anyone interested in joining its Inclusion Programme. Aimed at over 18s in the Island’s disability community, the scheme commences its second phase in September.

Barclays team win children’s charity golf day

A team from Barclays won The Children’s Centre’s annual golf day which raised a total of £4,500. Twelve teams took part in the fun event held at Douglas Golf Club with second place going to a team from SMP, and the wooden spoon award to Pokerstars.

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