Thursday, 24 October 2013

PRYDE team at the Secret Garden (Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise)

We were privileged to have a community group from Ayrshire in Scotland with us for the past few days. They were a well motivated, hard working group who were a pleasure to work with! Jobs like clearing out the garage, which would frighten lesser mortals were tackled with enthusiasm and good humour ... Activities with children were fun, educational and very entertaining! Thanks so much Theresa and your excellent team, we enjoyed having you with us and we hope that you'll be back!
children and mums were delighted to paint on porcelain plates
captive audience at one of the village schools
making windchimes and sun catchers
making windmills
Theresa demonstrating how the sun catchers work
concentrating hard
''look, it catches the sun!''
re-attaching the chimes
Kalman, the street boy who had his throat cut a couple of months ago ... now fully recovered,
except that he can only speak in whispers and proudly holding his own hand painted mug!

Marius painting a mug for his girlfriend, Cristina
hidden artistic talent

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Annual NGO fair

Our stand at this year's charity fair
Kenneth with Ramona from the council's department for NGO relations
A Member of Parliament came to visit us
Fridge magnets and soft toys going cheap!
All packed up until next year!
Friends from the sports club for young people with disabilities
Our Red Cross Colleagues

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Hacking and viruses ... sigh!

Our communication with the outside world has been seriously affected by two major technical hitches! Our Gmail accounts were shut down due to a hacking attempt from the Ukraine. This meant that we lost emails, we don't know how many we didn't receive or how many others didn't receive ... so it is hard to remedy until people contact us and let us know (usually upset because they haven't received a reply).

The second problem is that following the Gmail episode our website was compromised due to a virus - we have no idea how and are seeking to remedy the situation, but this means that our initial contact email addresses are also out of action ie and 

We offer our sincere apologies to anyone affected by these issues. In the meantime, our daily news can be accessed via our Facebook page - you don't have to be on Facebook to see all our news and photos