Join in and SHINE

SHINE, Shared Hobbies, Interests and New Enterprises is a new group that takes place every Friday between 10.30am – 2.30pm at Ivy Street Community Centre in Blackburn, where you can go and meet new people, try new activities and even make things to sell at a local market.

Anyone can drop in to the group at any point throughout the day; entry is £5 for all day including a light lunch or £2.50 for half a day. Refreshments are available for free throughout.

Angela, East Lancashire Support Worker said: “This group provides a great opportunity for the people we support to socialise and develop their skills. It’s also great for linking in with the local community in a relaxed and fun environment.”

So far the group has been running for 4 weeks where people have had the chance to try their hand at glass painting, painting, colouring, jewellery making, making dream catchers, knitting, crochet and collages. The group have big plans for future activities including bingo and cake decorating.

David, supported in East Lancashire said: “The staff at the local Burnley office got me into this group. I really enjoy it. I like colouring and making bracelets.”

Julie, East Lancashire Support Worker said: “The great thing about this group is that anyone can get involved, we’ve seen a lot of new faces today which is great. The money we make on the door goes towards buying materials for new activities and as the group is expanding at such a fast rate we need to get a larger more permanent venue to accommodate our growing numbers.

So what are you waiting for?! Come along to the SHINE Group at Ivy Street Community Centre in Blackburn, every Friday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.