Mortgage Winter Newsletter 2020

The Last Word



The Snoezelen Centre continues to be well-used by the many people with learning disabilities and additional needs who visit for multi-sensory leisure therapy each week – and our art, music and Activity Wednesday and Friday Club sessions are doing well too.

The Centre – with its sensory rooms and hydro-pool – can be booked for birthday parties on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, subject to availability. 

We couldn’t continue to offer all that we do without the generous gifts of donors – and we are very grateful indeed to the Financial Advice Centre for supporting us this year in their 20K for 20 years campaign.

We were delighted to be supported by their team at our Cyclathon in December – it was a fun day with 3 adapted exercise bikes suitable for everyone including wheelchair users at Activity Wednesday. There was a regular exercise bike at Sainsburys too.

Piers along with his daughter, Adam Smith, Kirsten Palmer-Jeffery, Kelly Soley and Angela Whillians kept the wheels turning for over an hour – and with all of us together we kept the bikes going and cycled 226 km/140miles.

Our Members were sponsored and we had donations into a collection at Sainsbury’s, with £342 so far raised by the Cyclathon for Snoezelen. 

Some big news is that the new Café Snoezelen will be open for our visitors in February. We have recruited our new Café manager, Flory, and she is busy getting everything organised and ready. We’re looking forward to the smell of fresh coffee and cake!!



A new extension of Maggs is sent to open in Malvern on 4/2/20. It will be open Tuesdays and Fridays 8-1 in the salvation army hall on Newtown road. It will adopt the same model as Maggs Day Centre Worcester and will be open to rough sleepers and those in need or vulnerably housed. Caring for Communities and People (CCP) will provide a drop in on Friday to provide homeless prevention advice. One of the Maggs outreach team will provide a drop in on a Tuesday.

The project has been in the planning for around 1 year and came about when Mel Kirk, Maggs Chief Executive met with a local resident to discuss what the local community could do in response to the two homeless deaths in Malvern. This resident (the man at the front of the picture) then created Malvern Cares and has assisted in the fundraising for the project. The project will provide breakfast and lunch, advice and guidance, showers and washing facilities for rough sleepers. 

Never one to rest on her laurels, Mel has also started training for a sponsored hike in North Pakistan near K2 in August / September 2020 to raise money for Maggs. She will be creating a blog page with the trials and tribulations of the training sessions prior to the big event and we will let you know the address when it’s created. Some of the training sessions are booked already and she is open to any suggestions of other walks that can be done. The longer the better (but no more than 50 miles - that’s the 24 hour walk!! And please can they be accessible via public transport. Also if anyone wants to join in on any of the walks please let Maggs know! Those coming up on the next few weeks are listed below:

1/2 Malvern to Ledbury

8/2 Perdiswell then Northwick circular walk then to city 7 miles

15/2 Walk to Bromsgrove from Worcester 17 miles

16/2 Walk to Malvern from Worcester 10 miles

22/2 Walk to Upton from Worcester and back again 14 miles



Onside are busy organising a full calendar of fundraising events. A list of upcoming events are below:

  • Pop Up Restaurant Evening (European Theme) - 7th March
  • Barn Dance - 27th March 

Claines British Legion are hosting our Barn Dance, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 and include snacks and puddings. Licensed bar on site. Please contact Angela on 01905 27525 / 07814 844 590 to book.

  • Autofest - 28th June 

Autofest is an all make all model and age car show, will feature static displays, super car passenger rides, trade stands, family entertainment, food, drink, music and much more. Autofest is run at Stoke Prior Sports and Country Club and offers car show that has something for everyone, reflecting Onside values and beliefs that everyone has the right to be included. More information is available at