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Responding to the News on Ukraine
Many of us feel devastated and helpless by the news of Ukraine. The people of Britain have been deeply moved. Considering all the perhaps small but positive ways to respond.

Donations are being collected by numerous groups in Gloucestershire to help people fleeing the Russian invasion in Ukraine. They are being updated all the time. If you ask round I'm sure you'll find somewhere local to you. One of the collection points is at the C3 Church in Cheltenham. Here, boxes are being packed up before being driven to Poland to help Ukrainians.

man loading van with boxes(
(source twitter:@BBCGlos) 

National organisations such as UNICEF, Oxfam and the British Red Cross are accepting donations online.

We can even go broader by reaching out to our neighbours, getting in touch with people you care for, and smiling at strangers to reinforce love and peace. Being the change we want to see.

The Global Citizen lists 25 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine

More ideas on how to respond to the news can be found in here giving ways to defuse News anxiety. I especially found ideas from 8 minutes useful.

Gloucestershire Live has an article on talking to children about Ukraine.

Of course Write Up Your Street is full of positivity and hope! Thank you for your input, please keep it coming. Find out how here.
Cheery News Bites
The Chamwell centre, providing therapy for people of all abilities in Gloucestershire, celebrated the opening of their wonderful facilities with a visit by The Princess Royal. HRH clearly enjoyed the tour by Dr Marie Owen, Chair and meeting children from the Milestone School staff & benefactors .. loved by all!
Princess Royal meeting people at Chamwell

(source Twitter @ChamwellCentre)

A great team from Young Gloucestershire arrived the Fair Shares allotment as part of the Prince's Trust program. "They helped with the BBQ area, made hedgehog houses, & repaired our grapevine support!" They put in lots of time & effort. Fair Shares were really amazed with the results and very thankful.

young folk busy
(source Twitter @fair_shares)

During half term, Gloucestershire Young Carers had fun planting a tree in Stroud... in the rain!

)young folk digging
(source Twitter @Glosyoungcarers)

Lilliian Faithful Care, a charity providing care with a ‘home for life’ promise for elderly in Gloucestershire, tweet to show off their first Spring flowers.

snow drops
(source Twitter @@LilianFaithfull)
An opportunity and an invitation
A Spring in your Step!

new beginningsNew beginnings can be so beautiful. We see them in nature in Spring as bare trees are filled with cherry blossom and green shoots gently bud and flower.

New beginnings happen in our lives too, sometimes out of choice and sometimes not.

It could be the beginning of a hobby or friendship, the start of a new term or job, or even a decision to stop a bad habit.

We’d love to invite you to write a piece about new beginnings for a Spring edition of Write Up Your Street, which will be circulated in public places such as community cafes. We hope our publication will inspire and encourage readers to try something new.

You could write:

·        Creative piece about Spring

·        A memoir of an exciting new beginning in your life

·        A piece about your plans to try something new this year

For ideas please:
Come to the free
creative writing workshop on 10th March 7pm on Zoom

Please reply to this email and request a link. This will be taught by Megan Paul, from  You're Welcome, Gloucestershire's Inclusive Online Community space.

Megan promises fun!

Vintage Care

vintage dress - bright

Just before the pandemic, I discovered a vintage inspired boutique. Monrose is on Bennington street in Cheltenham.
It is owned by Emma Monrose. She is a very kind and bubbly and accompanied by her dog Wizard.

The atmosphere is welcoming and positive. The shop is accessible and Emma will always help you, if you need it.

There are also fashion shows,  that customers welcome to take part in. It’s not about what you look like, it’s about having fun.

“ I believe people should be given a chance.“ says Emma.

She also works with Stroud based dementia charity Rempods. The pods are made for care homes. They help residents with the rest of their lives with enjoyment and normality. The organisation appeared on dragons den. Emma was invited to join them in 2019.

Kirstie Grainger

One February morning
blonde haircut
It's a damp, muggy February morning, not a day I fancy going out.
About to turn over and I look at my alarm clock.
Shock horror it's 10 o' clock and I have an appointment at the Hairdressers in the next half an hour.
Shower very quickly and just have time for a piece of toast.
Almost there and Claire is waiting for me; Agreed to have my hair highlighted and go blonde.
Fond memories we talk about from school days and holidays and were brought up. 
By Sally Hayward
Thank you to all of you who sent in your Winter audio recordings.

We are working on them.
Hoping to send the production soon.
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