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Yvonne's Message:
 
Thank you to everyone who has supported halow this month at all our activities and events. Boccia is proving a real winner with our young people and ARTGU and BFG are gearing up for Christmas. I hope that your own Christmas preparations will include halow Christmas cards! Please do join us at our This Is Me – Gala Concert in December and support our young people and staff at the Guildford Christmas Lights on 20th November. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Yvonne Hignell, Director. 

Welcome to our monthly newsletter keeping you up to date with news and events about halow.



The halow project supports young adults with a learning disability to live the life they choose as independently as possible. Giving our young people a voice and a choice about their futures. 
Join us for our This is Me - My Voice, My Choice Gala Concert.
On Friday 5th December halow is hosting our This is me – My Voice, My Choice Gala Concert at the Holy Trinity Church, Guildford. This evening will start with an exhibition of portraits and images created by halow young people followed by a Gala concert by the very talented and popular Seaford College Choir. Tickets are £10 and include a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie! Join us for a festive evening of fundraising. For more information or to buy tickets please email Hannah
 
The High Sheriff of Surrey visits A Reason To Get Up's Crafty Creations. 
At the beginning of October, Surrey’s High Sheriff, Peter Lee took time out of his busy schedule to visit our A Reason To Get Up programme (ARTGU) during a Crafty Creations session. Accompanied by Lesley Myles, Chairman of Surrey Youth Focus, the pair met the young people and staff involved in the programme at Lockwood Arts Centre. The visit came after ARTGU received a generous donation towards their Crafty Creations equipment and supplies from the Surrey High Sheriff Youth Awards. The group were busy making Christmas decorations and other festive goodies to sell on the halow stall at the Guildford Christmas light switch on. Come and see us- we will be on Guildford High Street all day on Thursday 20th November.  
Do you know someone with energy and passion who could be a halow Buddy? We have daytime, evening and weekend work available now
Parent to Parent 

There are still spaces for halow parents at the next Parent to Parent information session which will offer advice on Trusts, Wills and Power of Attorney. 
Saturday 8th November
Location TBC please check our website for updates.  

Contact the team to reserve your place: P2P
Volunteer with us
We need you to volunteer for halow! Could you or someone you know spare some time to do something amazing and support young people with a learning disability. There is no minimum time commitment and we have opportunities during the day, evening and weekends.
Find out more.

Email: Aisha
Building Futures Group
The Building Futures Group (BFG) have been really busy with the new term. We thought the half term would be a great opportunity to tell you a little bit about what the group have been doing. Three highlights the group have particularly enjoyed are
  1. working with their gym instructor to establish personal goals which are supported by a fitness programme that suits them.
  2. learning about the First World War at Henley Fort, experiencing what it would have been like to be in the Home Guard.
  3. a great session from Mencap on their ‘Hear My Voice’ campaign. The campaign encourages people with a learning disability and their families to get involved in telling their members of parliament what’s important to them. In 2015 we will elect the people who will run the country for the next 5 years and we must tell our future leaders what needs to change. halow are keen to support this campaign and encourage all our young people to find out more and get involved.
To find out more about the Building Futures Group please check out our website.
New Social Activity: Boccia
Inspired by the Paralympics halow are offering a new sports evening once a month dedicated to the exciting and inclusive sport, Boccia. For more information on how you can get involved email the Social Activities team
 
My halow story
“I joined the halow Buddy Service 6 months ago and following my checks and training I began Buddying two young women. I support them to go shopping, cook meals and organise their social lives. Sometimes life can be challenging for the young people and this is when you need to have your energy and sense of humour to help keep spirits up. Every day is different and knowing my work makes a real difference, makes it the best job ever!”
Don't forget on Thursday 20th November halow will be on Guildford High Street all day for the Christmas Light Switch on!

We will be on the High Street from 10am to 8pm selling festive goodies hand made by our Building Futures and A Reason To Get Up Groups, halow Christmas cards and raising awareness in our local community. We would love to see you so please come and say hello. If you would like to volunteer on the day collecting or running our stall please email Hannah for more information.  
 
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Join us for haloween this October and send us your spooky photos via Twitter, Facebook or to Nick
 
Thank you and congratulations to Deborah Armstrong who has completed her skydive raising over £600 for halow!
Join us on Thursday 6th November for The Merry Harriers, Hambledon Christmas shopping evening.
Thank you to Keystone pub who this month have hosted two events for halow raising over £650!
halow disco, Friday 14th November at the Aggie Club from 7pm to 11pm. Email the Social Activities team for more information.
Thank you for all your support, we hope you enjoyed this October edition. Please don't forget to give us your feedback and ideas, email Hannah.
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