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Slow dancing pensioners in High Green

Up to 20 people, aged in their 70s and 80s, attend the weekly, hour-long exercise sessions at the Newgate Close sheltered housing complex at High Green.

Practising Tai Chi aids relaxation, balance and health. An ancient form of meditation, it is highly effective for stress and pain relief, combining mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to increase chi (life energy).

Sheffield Homes provided £1,250 to fund the sessions as part of the “Your Community, Your Choice” initiative.

Members pay a subsidised £1.50 per session. Winnie is currently seeking further funding to keep the sessions going long-term.

“Getting people involved in activities like this helps them create social networks and make new friends. It also shows you are never too old to think about improving your health and fitness levels with a gentle exercise regime.”

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“Who We Are” – Karen Hague

Karen Hague is co-founder of Paces Campus, established in 1997 when the Paces charity took over the High Green comprehensive school site, 2 years after it closed. The charity pioneers conductive education for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Karen has lived in Sheffield all her life and is in her late 40s. After finding out about Conductive Education in Hungary in the late 1980’s, she embarked on numerous visits to the Peto Institute with her only daughter then aged 8. She was keen to see this system of education established in Sheffield so that families wouldn’t have to endure the difficulties in uprooting and sometimes, separating their families for long periods of time.

What do you like most about your job?
Supporting families with disabled children, because I remember what it was like to go through a process of denial and acceptance then being ready for help but not necessarily finding it. Anyone in a similar situation now, should know that they do have a choice of provision to meet their needs and receive support to obtain it.

Best/Worst day?
The best days are whenever we hear that we’ve received a donation, no matter how small! Or recognition for what we do; I was proud to receive an MBE in October 2004 from the Queen, on behalf of the charity.

Who is or was the most important influence in your life?
My daughter, Kirstin, who was premature, she was born at 28 weeks weighing 2lbs 7ozs. She developed hydrocaephalus and was then diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Without her, my life would have been extremely different. I don’t ever contemplate life without her and can’t begin to explain, in a few lines, what a positive impact she has had on me, and my family. Continue reading

Crafty celebration for charity in High Green this weekend

PACES Campus in Pack Horse Lane is the venue for a Craft Fair and art workshops on Sunday (28th March).

“Hullaballoos” indoor children play centre celebrates its first birthday with a craft fair and lots of activities.

At the same time, two exhibitions will be open in the Coterie Art Gallery next door and their arts studio will hold a workshop in gallery ‘B’.

Phone 284 8921 for more details.

Not so high in High Green

The Ecclesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team seized £5,000 worth of suspected cannabis and hydroponic equipment in High Green.

The warrant was executed at a Potters Gate address on Wednesday 10 March at about 1pm under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Officers arrested one man at the scene on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He is currently on police bail.

Brush up your art!

Art Tutorials in Painting and Drawing are on in High Green tonight.

Artist Joanne Jenkins guides beginners and improvers, in small groups with individual support, to develop their technique and style.

Coterie Fine Art Studio at Packhorse Lane is the venue and classes take place on Tuesdays from 10 am- 12 noon (and also 2pm – 4pm if sufficient numbers) and on Thursdays from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Email joanne@coteriegallery.co.uk or call 07746718658 to find out more!

Who We Are – Norman Perrin

Norman Perrin is co-founder of Paces Campus, the community centre at High Green. Granted a 40-year lease by Sheffield Council last year, plans are in hand for developing the site. He’s also Chief Executive of Paces, the charity pioneering conductive education for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Norman’s 64, married, with 3 grown-up children and four grandchildren. He’s passionate about ordinary people having choice and control in their own lives.

What do you like most about your job?
Partnership has been really important to the success of the Paces Project. So when people all come together to get things done, that gives me a real sense of being part of something worthwhile.

Best/Worst day?
Honestly, I enjoy most days. Every day is different; I’m lucky to work with some great people. I’ve been about long enough not to let the bad days get to me for too long. The worst days are when I struggle to manage the demands of family and work.

Who is or was the most important influence in your life?
Maybe the African Head Teacher I first worked for in Kenya – a real pioneer of community education. Or perhaps my wife Dru. Or four grandchildren, who’ve shown me how to see the world through fresh eyes. But the person who completely changed my life, who has brought me great joy and taught me how to cope with the hard times, is my daughter Sarah, born with cerebral palsy and now 27 years old. She has a terrific smile.

Favourite gadget?
I bought my wife Dru an iPhone for her 60th birthday. I want one! I want one! Is my MacBook Pro a “gadget”? I couldn’t live without it. I’m an Apple fan – never used a PC.

Favourite media?
The internet: I’ve had a blog for several years (http://paces.typepad.com/paces/); I can be found on twitter and Facebook; I use Skype. The internet’s just a great source of breaking news and for keeping up with family and friends. I’m having fun just now volunteering as a tutor with CoSY Computers every Thursday, helping get beginners online.

Current or recent film you’d most like to see?
With Sarah to care for, Dru and I don’t get out much together. This weekend as I write this, Sarah has a short beak (“respite”). We thought we’d see a film for a treat – but didn’t fancy anything! Got a DVD instead: “The Time Traveller’s Wife”.

What music are you listening to right now?
I listen to Spotify a lot and download tracks from iTunes. The past few days I’ve been re-living the music of the American Folk-Blues Caravans from the 1960s on Spotify and YouTube. I saw the 1963 tour at Croydon’s Fairfiled Hall. On my birthday. Cool!

What makes you smile?
On TV? Armstrong & Miller. QI. Have I Got News For You. Jeremy Clarkson’s newspaper column on Sundays is good for a giggle. I hope I can laugh at myself often enough to keep my feet on the ground. My wife Dru can be very funny – which stops me taking things too seriously.

What would you most like to put right in this world?
I’d like those in the educational mainstream to show some sign that they think the education of children with cerebral palsy was worth talking about.

On a different level, there used to be a feminist slogan “Take the toys from the boys”. I’d like the men of violence (and it’s almost always men, young men) to put down their weapons and ‘give peace a chance’.

How do you see yourself in 10 years?
Breathing would be good! I’m 65 in October this year and hope to continue with Paces for maybe 3 more years or so. After that, there’ll be places to go, people to see. Travelling light. Just so long as I’m fit.

REMINDER: Social Media Surgery events

Social media surgeries for community and voluntary groups take place next month.

On March 3rd the venue is the Showroom Cinema’s cafe bar, and 18th March sees new sessions start at PACES Campus in High Green.

Groups seeking to market themselves and reach out better to existing or potential audiences can get to grips with blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and much more.

And it’s FREE!!!

Click on the picture to find out more.