Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church, Thornton
Over Christmas Why Don’t We had a tree at the Charity Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church, Thornton. It was our first year having a tree at the festival which raises money for different charities across Bradford. It was Why Don’t We’s first year having a tree and everyone got involved with making lots of customized baubles. We managed to raise £57.94 and we are already thinking about what decorations we would like to make for Christmas 2018.
Thank you to Bronwyn and all who were involved.
Since January 2015, Why Don’t We has been working in partnership with hft’s Radio 119 to raise awareness of disability hate crime. We were invited to present our work to fifty Social Work and Social Care students and staff from Bradford College and Bradford University.
Typically, the technology took some time to sort out but there was no need to worry because Chris rose to the occasion and kept everyone interested and entertained whilst we sorted it out.
Alan did a brilliant job as quiz master and kept everyone in order.
The quiz went down extremely well. It was a great, almost fun, way to present a very serious subject and kept everyone’s attention.
The rest of the team were busy too. Louise and Rebecca gave out and collected quiz sheets and made sure that everyone was comfortable.
Stuart took the pictures.
We had some great quotes from participants.
Hayley wrote: “More people need to be aware of hate crime and more will be reported”.
Ayesha told us: “I liked that real stories from real people were told as they gave us a clear understanding of how people with disabilities feel”.
We were invited to give a talk at this conference on Tuesday 17th November at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.
We had half an hour to discribe our journey as we created Why Don’t We. This included slides of Viz-Able and the groups’ achievements and its survival as the recession hit. More visuals of Battery Man with a discussion of the hard work putting together the Why Don’t We community group and becoming a charity. The audience heard and saw how the monies acquired for Healthy Eating Project as well as the Hate Crime groups culminating with the amazing day at Bradford College.
Delegates from museums, associated charities and educators from across UK and Europe listened and laughed in all the right places. Our new Thursday group and our future took pride of place.
Why Don’t We look right, felt bright and will shine on. So agreed all who were in the audience.