COVID-19 Response

Beeston Rylands Community Association (BRCA) has brought together a community response team of local volunteers to provide food and support to local Rylands residents during this Covid-19 crisis.
Our volunteers (including the staff from the Boat House Marina Cafe) are baking homemade cakes, and making sandwiches that form part of a “pack-up” We also make use of a donation of fresh pre-packed sandwiches donated by a local sandwich producer. The pack-ups are put together under strict social distancing and hygiene regulations and our cohort of wonderful volunteers deliver the pack-ups to residents. These deliverers knock on the door, step far enough away and then ask if the recipient is okay or needs anything else. We follow up shopping requests and any issues as required, linking in with other voluntary groups as appropriate.
We deliver on Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes to over 145 local residents who are either in social isolation due to age, health conditions, or are simply in need of some support.
Most of our Friday Club members (our social dining club for the over 60’s) receive the packages twice a week (including a Friday Club activity), as well as a weekly social phone call, and we have a video virtual Friday Club meeting on Friday afternoon.
Other recipients include some of the most vulnerable and isolated in our community, and local families feeling the strain of these challenging times.
Feedback is incredibly positive, with most recipients glad of the food, but often more important is the friendly face and the opportunity to have a socially distanced chat. We aim to provide an interruption to the monotony of the week, a welcome distraction from being confined within the house.
BRCA is also doing outreach work with our youth club members to offer help and support if needed. Our qualified Youth Worker is encouraging communication through safe online methods, and we’ve linked up with Active Notts to provide sports equipment and activity sheets.

We are so grateful to our team of volunteers, and our funders who are supporting this vital community response: East Midlands People’s Health Trust, Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, NET Coronavirus Appeal Programme, Martin Lewis Emergency Fund, and individual donors.

We really look forward to being able to start up our weekly Friday club and Youth Club from Beeston Rylands Community Centre in hopefully the near future, welcoming old and new participants.
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If you need help, or want to volunteer, please contact Janet Barnes, Development Officer / Volunteer: 07904 067160,

Beeston Ladies Circle Provide Valuable Funding

T&D receiving chequeWe were delighted to take part in a great fundraising quiz night organised by Beeston’s Ladies Circle.

Ladies Circle’s Danielle Doyle presented a cheque to BRCA’s Teresa Cullen to help support our local projects such as Friday Club, Youth Club and Beeston Breakers.

We’d like to thank Beeston Ladies Circle and everyone else involved for their continued support – it really makes a huge difference to us.

We do need more volunteers for Friday Club (Friday 1.30-3.30pm) and Youth Club (Monday evenings). If you can spare a few hours a week to get involved with community projects please contact Janet 07904 067160,

Break & Elevate

The sun shone for our Break & Elevate event on 17th August 2019.

Beeston Breakers did a great demonstration, even more amazing when you consider they’d been training for just between 4 and 12 weeks!

Fuller report coming soon……………

Thanks to East Midlands Airport Charitable Funding for their support.

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‘Friday Club’ Receives Funding To Become Weekly!

When we asked our wonderful Friday Clubbers how we could improve their fortnightly social dining club there was a clear desire for it to become a weekly event.

So BRCA are really delighted to announce that this expansion will happen thanks to it being funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery East Midlands.”

This investment means we can provide a weekly club for the ‘over-60’s’ Beeston Rylands residents. We can also plan a more ambitious program of activities and a wider variety of nutritious food. We will now be able to arrange transport, so those unable to make their own way to the club are not excluded from the fun, food and friendship on offer.

Friday Club will meet every Friday from 7th June 1.30-3.30pm at Beeston Rylands Community Centre, Leyton Crescent, NG91PS. New members will be made very welcome. We’d be very grateful if you fancied getting involved and volunteering, just contact Janet on 07904 067160 for more information.

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People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants.