InSight Magazine – Winter 2024

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Our tenants celebrate with a Christmas Party!

Last Friday we held the first ever tenant’s Christmas Party here at Wilberforce House. With the open plan space of the Living and Learning Zone and a buffet provided by on site Weston’s Café, it’s the perfect venue for our tenants to meet together, and kick off the festive season.

Alongside the buffet, full of party and festive favourites, there was a disco in the Rainbow Room and even a visit from Santa, much to the delight of a number of the tenants. He arrived to a flurry of bells and worked round the room, chatting with people and handing out a little gift. He even posed for some photos by the Christmas Tree!

Superstar of the party was our tenant, Lee, who DJ’d for the whole party, pulling together a brilliant playlist of Christmas hits, disco classics and modern floor fillers. Tenants and staff alike were singing, dancing and shaking the maracas!

We are well into the Christmas season here at Wilberforce House, with a dinner and carols left to look forward to, before the big day itself.

Club Wilber’s Christmas Party

Last weekend, and for the first time, we were delighted to open the doors of Wilberforce House for the Club Wilber Christmas Party! Across the open plan Living & Learning Zone, we had craft activities, a sensory space, a disco area and a chocolate fountain.

As our families arrived late morning, they dived straight into the festive fun; making snowmen, decorating and filling their own crackers. As soon as the smell of chocolate filled the air, children, and adults, jumped to the fountain to dip festive kebabs of fruit and sweet treats. The sensory area, with lights, textures and sounds, was popular with the littlest Club Wilber members, and it was the perfect place to escape the busyness of the café area.

After a buffet lunch of sandwiches, pizza and nibbles, the children were excited when the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, walked through the door to the jingle of bells and took a seat by our huge Christmas Tree. The families took it in turns to meet Santa and say a few words and receive a present. The expressions on the children’s faces at this special moment at the party make all the hard work worth it for the team!#

We were delighted to welcome Club Wilber Ambassador and York City Knight’s player, Will Jubb to the party, along with his partner Jess. They spent time making snowmen with the children and chatting to the families, who are always really excited to see Will. We also gave him a congratulation present for his recent graduation, with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fisheries Studies from The University of Hull.

Like the Birthday Party and at Halloween, these parties are the perfect time for the families to catch up. We waved everyone off and wished them a Merry Christmas and we’re already excited for our Panto trip together in January!

InSight Magazine – Autumn 2023

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Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing
Last month we held our second Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing event, hosted by our CEO Philippa Crowther, an opportunity for a group of women to come together and eat, drink and connect, with an informative talk and theme each time.
WWW launched on Yorkshire Day, the 1st August, with a Yorkshire themed two course lunch, a drinks reception and a talk by the fantastic Cate Hollett, a hypnotherapist and massage therapist. The focus of this event, and those that follow are to promote Women’s wellbeing and to give an opportunity to socialist, connect and to learn about something that will improve wellbeing, whatever your age or stage in life.
In September we welcomed the fantastic nutritionist, Sally Duffin, who gave us an engaging and informal talk on nutrition importance in the peri- menopausal years, a topic she has written about in her new book. The brilliant team in our on- site Weston’s Cafe treated us to a fresh and tasty lunch of salmon and rice and vegetable lasagna, with apple strudel and fruit salad to follow.
In October we are excited to introduce our guest speaker Andrea Jackson, owner of Wild Women Academy, who will discuss working in sync with the moon cycles and the seasons. Honouring the changing season we will be serving up a delicious autumnal, pumpkin salad.
The Wilberforce Women’s Wellbeing events are open to women of all ages and backgrounds; whether working, retired, full time parent or carer. They are a great way to make new connections and broaden a knowledge on wellbeing topics. If you would like to attend our October event please contact