One Community has been celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2018 with a series of events, celebrations and challenges, which will culminate with a celebratory AGM on Tuesday 18 September at The Point and an exhibition at Eastleigh Museum, 15 September-10 November, called One Community – The First 40 Years. [Read more…]
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Eastleigh Borough Council, Mayor’s Tea Party celebrating 40 years of One Community.
On the 27th of July 2018 a group of staff, volunteers and associates of One Community went to the Point in Eastleigh to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a hot and sunny day and we all enjoyed cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffees together and listened to some good speeches about how Eastleigh Borough Council and One Community do work in partnership. In front of our representatives the mayor and the council explained it has become more of a mutual respect and friendly relationship, to the benefit of the people of Eastleigh and surrounding areas.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and we were particularly glad to have been nominated to receive a cheque from the council from their own staff charitable giving.
If you would like to see more, please check out our facebook page.
Eastleigh Lions Club, in association with Age Concern and PCaSO (the local Prostate Cancer support charity) are running a PSA testing session on Saturday 22nd September at the Railway Institute, Eastleigh from 10.00 till 2.00. 15 minutes per appointment.
As it is Eastleigh Lions, we are targeting men who live in the Eastleigh borough (or close to it) who are between 45 and 75 years old and who are not already being monitored by their doctor for PSA or other prostate problems.
If you know anyone fitting this description please share this!
Click here for a short (just over 8 minutes) clip about the reasons for screening and why it is vital.
Mela Festival 2018 was planned over many months and luckily it was a sunny Sunday afternoon in July with no rain in sight!”Mela” is the Sanskrit word meaning ‘meeting’, ‘fair’ or ‘gathering’ and ‘celebrations’ of all kinds.
A riot of colour and frenzy of music and around 17,000 people from all backgrounds descended on Eastleigh town for the latest MELA festival.
Eastleigh’s Leigh Road recreation ground was treated to a variety of dancing, music, food and fun from the various communities in the area. The group Bangra style dancing was a big draw, climbing and cycling, Mhendi and fabulous foods filled the park. It was busy and fun, lots of families and people of differing backgrounds attending. One Community ran a tombola and talked to many about signing up for volunteering.
One of the most popular shows was the dazzling Lion Dance and Chinese band.
Quotes from Eastleigh Public attending the event included:
“Its awesome on a day like today to be here, I’m loving the curry!”
“I can’t wait for the Abba tribute to come on, I think there is Bangra later on. There aren’t many things you can get to for free with all this going on.”
“Sitting here on the deckchairs with my family having a picnic, is really great”
“I’m finishing this ice cream and heading on over to have a henna tattoo. We have had a fab time.”
“Loving the hoop dance display and we are going to have a few cocktails at the Point outside bar, we have been here since 11 and still not seen everything!”
“It is a wonderful chance to meet others and see examples of other cultures doing good things”
Event co-ordinator Mohammed Mossadaq, known as Moss, said: “Mela is all about cultural fusion. If people share food and sunshine, it can break down a lot of barriers.”
Mela is organised by the Eastleigh Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA.)
Alongside all the dancing, music, shows and displays were a number of stalls from the Eastleigh Community. The Police and Fire service supported the event and it was fabulous to see lots of the public talking to a range of stall holders from Dementia services, encouraging physical fitness in children, to the library, through to care options for the elderly and almost everything in between.
If you would like to see more pictures, short clips and interesting snippets about the Mela or any other events One Community are involved in, check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Did you go to the Mela?
What were your favourite parts?
** Top tip- ask ALEXA or your Google Home to play “Bangra Pop” and you too can be practising your Indian dancing at home!**
We can’t wait to see what MELA festival brings to Eastleigh next year!
One Community Celebrates Volunteers’ Week 2018
Volunteers’ Week 2018 has been the most memorable yet for One Community, commencing with the announcement that we had won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. A very celebratory week (1-7 June) included three volunteer certificate presentations, one in Eastleigh and two in Fareham. [Read more…]
One Community has received the highest accolade for voluntary groups in the UK, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
One Community is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with an event each month and a set of challenges to engage its supporters. [Read more…]
We are now open to nominations for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Youth Award for volunteering 2018, which is supported by Eastleigh Lions and One Community. [Read more…]
Eastleigh Young Carers Project have been trialling a new type of therapeutic activity with their Young Carers thanks to a £500 donation from Curves in Eastleigh. [Read more…]
Could you use £100 for your organisation? If you can find two volunteers from your team willing to marshal at the new Eastleigh town centre car boot sale, you will receive £100 for your organisation, plus whatever you make on your free boot sale pitch! [Read more…]