It all kicked off on Saturday 20th July when we hosted our annual Summer Fayre with Smethwick Old Church. Over 200 people attended, including the Mayor of Sandwell, Woody & Buzz Lightyear! Over £1,000 was raised and split between the centre and the church.


The first day of the school holidays saw us host an informal Kids Club providing a couple of hours of fun activities including archery! A Men's Health Day, delivered by Use-It, was held on 30th July with free health checks and advice available for men. Saturday 3rd August was the opening of our Community Allotment Plot. Over 150 people attended including the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell who officially opened the plot.


On Monday 5th August we hosted our first ever Science Show, delivered by Femtinos. The two shows attracted over 60 guests including lots of excited young children and some very impressed parents! On Saturday 10th August we completed our monthly Litter Pick and we were helped by some new volunteers including a young family and members of Sandwell Lions!


On Monday 12th August we welcomed back 'Pippa - The Ten-Ton Bus of Fun' following on from a successful turn-out during the Whitsun school holidays. We enjoyed the bus for three hours this time and over 40 happy children enjoyed themselves. This was followed by taster drop-in sessions for Feltmaking on Wednesday 14th August and then two Workshops on Wednesday 21st August focusing on Needle Felting & Wet Felting. Six families participated in these workshops.


The holidays ended with an Inflatable Fun Day at the Centre on Tuesday 27th August. Happy Feet Soft Play & Bouncy Castle Hire showcased their range of bouncy castles and soft play which are available for hire for parties at our Centre and 25 children enjoyed themselves.


Throughout the summer holidays we ran a Community School Uniform Swap Shop and we were amazed to receive over 700 items donated by members of the local community and local schools. We ran four collection days and gave out over 400 items including coats, bags, sweatshirts, blazers, cardigans, shirts, polo shirts, t-shirts, trousers, pinafores, summer dresses, skirts, shorts & tights. This Swap Shop will run throughout the year so donations are welcome and we will have collection days throughout the Half Term, Christmas and Easter holidays.


We would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers who have helped us at these events and thank the local community for attending and supporting these events.