Residents of Rawmarsh and Parkgate were treated to a great get-together on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Activities and demonstrations ran throughout the day, providing opportunities for those attending to learn about local services; have a go at arts and crafts; try their hand at Tai Chi and have their face painted. There were leaky eyes when the young musicians held a Rock School performance, we were amazed at the photographs and history of Rawmarsh and we enjoyed lots of refreshments and tasty treats.

The Friends of Rawmarsh and Parkgate, the Alzheimer’s Society, Rawmarsh Local History Group and the Townswomen’s Guild were just some of the organisations sharing information and encouraging visitors to get involved.

Nicola Sharpe is the newly appointed Stronger Together project co-ordinator, is looking to expand the numbers of people attending by supporting individuals to build local friendships and connections through accessing the High Street Centre – more than 750 people from 53 different groups.

The Stronger Together project has already seen the positive results of linking people to activities.  It is great to see friendships develop and grow; we are meeting some very inspirational individuals, with a wide variety of backgrounds and careers.  Isolation affects people of all ages, it is important to offer activities to give people a purpose, and it’s great to see the enjoyment that this project brings.

This event was possible thanks to the National Lottery players’, through the money raised for good causes by those who buy lottery tickets.

“The national Great Get-Together, inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, is all about bringing communities together to celebrate everything they have in common,” said Nicola. “Our event was based on exactly the same principles, and we’re delighted that we were able to welcome so many people to our centre, across a wide range of ages. Some wanted to get involved, some wanted to meet up with friends, and others just wanted a chat. It’s what community is all about!”

On the day, we recruited people to a Walking Group, Adult Art Group, Volunteers to Litter Pick and several people committed to start new fitness activities, including Tai Chi and HIT training”.

Centre Manager Caroline Langston said the project was a welcome addition to the portfolio of projects run by the High Street Centre, a charity which was set up in 2002 to improve the quality of life for residents of Rawmarsh and Parkgate by providing modern, attractive and accessible premises and facilities for use by the local activity, and facilitating social, leisure, education and training activities.

“The event provided a great opportunity to meet new people who knew very little about the centre and what we do, and also for those who already use the High Street Centre to see the range of other activities that they could take part in, “ said Caroline. “Thanks to everyone who came along and made the day such a success.”