News & Event
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- Choir Taster Session
Local Suffolk organisation the Voice Cloud will be running a free "singing for wellbeing" informal learning taster session on Tuesday 21st May at The Fromus Centre, from 10.00-11.30am. For more information call 07909 510976 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Fromus Centre hosts Wellbeing courses to support New Year resolutions!
If you need support to carry through your New Year resolutions to reduce stress, eat more healthy or exercise
more, then turn to the courses on offer here, in Saxmundham, at the Fromus Centre. These courses are open to everyone but hurry to book, as many of the courses are free..!
Contact for more information
|Ready to Change?||
Feeling down? Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Take your first steps to improving emotional wellbeing.
|Suffolk Welbeing (funded by the NHS)||Tel: 0300-123-1781(all calls charged at a local rate for both mobiles and landlines)|
|Chair Based Exercise||
Improve your physical activity, increase your mobility and / or lose weight.
|Live Well Suffolk (funded by the NHS)||Mob: 07894- 598275|
Healty Cooking & Eating
Learn to cook healthy food and eat the results.
|Live Well Suffolk (funded by the NHS)||Mob: 07894- 598275|
Developing Personal Confidence & Self Awareness
Develop skills for handling life situations with confidence and plan for a brighter future.
Realise Futures (Community Learning & Skills Development)
- SMILE Cafe Launch
The SMILE Cafe opened on Thursday, October 4th and over 100 customers streamed into the SMILE Café in its first 3 hours!
The SMILE Café provides refreshments and respite primarily for Carers and those adults with additional mental needs eg dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, strokes and head injuries.
It aims to provide a relaxing oasis in rural East Suffolk for those seeking to gain some respite and the company of similar people for emotional support and the exchange of useful information.
The café is now a pop-up café operating every Thursday between 10am and 2pm at the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, and is a co-production between the PASTEL Community Interest Company and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District.
Further information can be gained from the website www.smile-cafe.org.uk or by telephoning 01728-604944 during office hours.
- The Fromus Centre - The First 12 months
It’s been 12 months since the volunteer directors of The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) took over the management of the greatly under-utilised Suffolk County Council’s Saxmundham Community Resource Centre, in Seaman Avenue. Since then the SADCIC social enterprise volunteers have redecorated and refurbished the building, renamed it the Fromus Centre and re-launched it with a successful Fun Day this summer, with over 300 visitors coming to have a look around. Now the building is developing into a more lively community enterprise centre used by various community groups, with activities for all age groups ranging from parent and toddlers to IT workshops for the over 50’s. It is now available for meetings, conferences, celebration events, children parties, fun activities and local clubs and groups. “We want these premises to be seen by local residents, groups and businesses as your place in Saxmundham to relax, meet, chat, learn, exercise, play and have fun!” says volunteer SADCIC director, Don Tricker.
“The creation of the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham is a comprehensive and fine example of a project which will increase the social and business amenities in the town.” says County Cllr. Rae Leighton. “The Fromus Centre is a beacon project for Suffolk County Council’s “Our Place” initiative, to enable community groups to take on and develop county buildings for the benefit of their local community.”
New activities are starting all the time, including various dance classes, and on October 4th there will be the start of the weekly pop-up SMILE Café, aimed at reducing social isolation and providing emotional support for all Carers, as well as adults with additional mental health needs. It will be open every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, starting as a coffee snack bar, and provide a friendly place to relax, unwind and talk to others. Information advice and guidance will be on hand from visiting professionals and public agencies. For more information, please visit www.smile-cafe.org.uk
For more information on the Fromus Centre and booking details, please check this website or call 01728-604944.
- Fun Day at The Fromus Centre!
On Saturday July 7th, a day when other parts of the country were suffering torrential downpours, Saxmundham was bathed in glorious sunshine for the Fromus Centre Fun Day. Over 300 people, both young and old, streamed to the event throughout the day. There were displays, activities and refreshment both indoors and outside on the grassed areas, providing a great carnival atmosphere.
There was something for everyone, ranging from a traditional Punch & Judy show to a modern Pimms bar. There was plenty of ice cream and dancing displays from the PASTEL Morris Team, the Mystic Belly dancers and an audience participation of Zumba dancing. Bouncy castles, big and small, were on hand with games and stalls provided by local community groups and a PA system provided music which added to the community event.
The day was sponsored by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) - to help promote the newly refurbished Fromus Centre and the community groups who currently use it, or about to start. Such was the success that 3 bookings were taken on the day and requests for future events have been requested.
It was a wonderful day and a leading example of Suffolk County Council’s ‘Our Place’ initiative delivering a real local difference – a positive example of the ‘big society’ in action. SADCIC volunteers were delighted by the very positive feedback we received. It was amazing how many people didn't know of the existence of the building or didn't know it was for community use. We are now being encouraged to develop a range of more community supported events throughout the year. The Fromus Centre is a resource for all the community and the Fun Day has been all about making people aware of its existence. It is here for everyone to use, whether for their own events, celebrations or club activities and meetings.
- Fun Day at The Fromus Centre: Saturday July 7th 2012
Come and view the facilities 11.30am-3.30pm. Inside and outside at the Fromus Centre. Free entry: everyone is welcome! Entertainment, Stalls and fun activities for all...
Beer / Wine / Pimms bar /Barbeque / Teas & Coffee / Scones & Cakes / Ice CreaMorris Dancing / Belly Dancing / Zumba Dancing / Punch & Judy / Wooden Crafts / Plants / Bouncy Castles / Books Stocks / Penalty Shoot-Out / Fire Engine / Mobile Police Station...
- TESCO selects Fromus Centre as Forward Base
In planning to open a new store in Saxmundham, TESCO has chosen to use the Fromus Centre to support the front-line project planning. The advance team will base themselves at the Fromus Centre making use of its wide range of facilities to plan for the store fitting out, recruitment of staff and staff training. The store will open on May 21st.
- Fromus Centre Marketing Plan
A Fromus Centre Marketing Plan has been produced, by Megan Lucock, a volunteer Business Studies student of Leiston High School. She has also delivered, as part of her Marketing Plan, an integrated website (you're viewing it now), poster and leaflet to promote the new Fromus Centre in earnest.
- Fromus Centre branding support
Work started on re-inforcing the branding of the new Fromus Centre - starting with repairs to the hall ceiling, followed by re-painting the hall ceiling and re-painting all the hall walls, and integral coffee bar. The external locks and access arrangements have been changed to make them simpler and more secure. New furniture in the form of folding tables and folding chairs have been delivered.