Our President’s charity this year is Sheffield Hospitals Dementia Appeal. This appeal is raising money to improve the hospital environment for patients with dementia by, for example, colour coding bed bays to stop people getting lost or replacing signs with pictures instead of words. We have been unable to hold our usual fundraising activities so some of our members decided to help our charity with individual fundraising initiatives. Three members planted indoor bulbs in pretty china bowls and teacups and made christmas puddings and christmas cakes, which they sold to Club members. We also held a “Lovely Hands’ workshop, which proved a relaxing activity in the run-up to Christmas. The consultant leading the workshop donated 10% of the value of products sold to our charity. Altogether, these activities raised over £400 for our Charity – a great effort during a Tier 3 lockdown. It also
One of our members Angela Farrall is wearing an orange face mask to support the sixteen days of Activism against Gender based Violence between 25th November and 10th December. The theme is ‘Orange the World’. We love Angela’s mask – thank you for sharing it with us.
At our recent social meeting past President Sue Smith showed us how to make a Christmas wreath. She used a variety of foliage and added dried oranges, pine cones and cinnamon sticks plus a beautiful green Christmas bow. Sue then demonstrated two Christmas floral arrangements. The first used used plant material that many of us would have readily available in our gardens whilst the second on incorporated artificial flowers. Sue’s instructions were clear and easy to follow. We had a most enjoyable and relaxing evening and were inspired to make our own decorations this Christmas. Thank you, Sue.
Members of our club have been knitting twiddle muffs for dementia patients. These colourful muffs are knitted in different coloured and textured wools.They have strands of textured ribbons, beads and fabrics attached to them, both inside and out. People with dementia have restless hands. Twiddle muffs help to keep their hands active and busy. as well as snug and warm. They provide visual, tactile and sensory stimulation. These muffs have been donated to the Alzheimers Society to be wrapped and given to people as Christmas presents. Our fundraising this year is for The Sheffield Hospitals’ Charity – Dementia Appeal. This appeal aims to improve the hospital environment for dementia patients by providing arts and music activities, mobile dementia cafes and therapy dogs. the aim is also make the wards more dementia friendly by the use of colour coded bed bays and replacing signs with pictures
At our last business meeting we had a presentation about Mary Anne Rawson, an early anti-slavery campaigner and champion for children’s education. Mary Anne was born in 1801. In 1825 she was a founder member and secretary of the Sheffield Female Anti-Slavery Society.This society campaigned for an immediate end to slavery in the BritishEmpire and also achieved a decrease in the sales of coffee and sugar form slave plantations. The society was active until 1833 when the abolition legislation was passed. Mary Anne then joined the Sheffield Ladies Association for the Universal Abolition of Slavery, which campaigned for the case of slaves across the world. Mary Anne was widowed early in her life and brought up her young daughter on her own. However, she was wealthy in her own right. Her family home was Wincobank Hall and she opened a free school for local children
This week we held our first virtual Friendship link meeting. Our Friendship Club is SI Sutton Coldfield. Each year we normally meet for a social meetings and we attend each others Charter events. However, this has not been possible in 2020. SI Sutton Coldfield President Jacqueline Bannister arranged a Zoom meeting. The meeting was attended by a total of eighteen members from the two clubs. President Jackie commented that we had reduced our carbon Footprint for this meeting to virtually zero! Bozenna Benton told us that SI Sutton Coldfield had held a meeting recently with their International Friendship links. Our two clubs exchanged news about their lockdown activities. We talked about our programme action projects and the social meetings we have held’ which have either been on Zoom or outside in socially distanced settings. SI Sutton Coldfield have been busy in lockdown helping SI Hallamshire
SI Hallamshire have recently listened to a talk about Pelvic Health. This was our first speaker meeting on Zoom. Our speaker was Emily Elgar, who is a women’s health physiotherapist. Women’s Health physiotherapists treat conditions which affect the bladder, bowel and vagina. These conditions are often caused by poor function of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Physiotherapy aims to improve pelvic floor function with specific targeted exercises. Emily’s talk was entitled ‘Pelvic Health’. She introduce her talk by describing her route into physiotherapy and career pathway which led her to specialise in Pelvic Health ( The modern name for the specialism as they also treat men). She introduced her talk with slides of the anatomy of the pelvic region to illustrate how the muscles, bones and organs are dependant upon each other. Emily talked us through simple pelvis floor exercises. She then discussed factors
Members of SI Hallamshire have for many years now made quilts, bootees and hats for the baby unit at Sheffield Children’s hospital. During lockdown our members have been busy putting their skills to good use sewing baby quilts and knitting and crocheting baby hats and bootees. These items are given to babies on their arrival at the unit and when the babies go home they take the items with them. The new mothers appreciate the beautifully made, colourful items that their babies are given We are pleased that we have been able to use the extra time available in lockdown to continue this important aspect of our programme action programme.
Members of SI Hallamshire have been busy making and decorating hats hats using recycled materials. Earlier in July we should have attended the Yorkshire Garden Party at Newby Hall. Yorkshire President Rita had asked all members to wear a hat featuring recycled materials. Due to Covid-19, the garden party has been postponed until 2021. However, members have been asked to make hats and take photographs for inclusion on SI Yorkshire website. SI Hallamshire President invited members of the club for a socially distanced coffee morning in her garden, wearing their recycled hats, of course! The photos illustrate the imagination and artistic skill of our members! A bit of fun and a chance to catch up with our friends in SI Hallamshire.
Candles in the windows of members’ homes Tuesday was International Nurses Day, held on the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Members of SI Hallamshire lit candles at 8.30pm on Tuesday May 12th and placed them in their windows to pay tribute to nurses working through the coronavirus pandemic. Nursing leaders had asked the public to ‘shine a light’ to mark the the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and to show our appreciation for all that nurses are doing at the present time. Florence Nightingale founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control.