Category Archives: Community Spirit


If you’re keen to get back into the workplace and you’d like to improve your chances then Community Learning has a range of courses that could help you find the job you’re looking for.

Community Learning is an established learning hub, based on Freeman Street Market, that offers a range of programmes to help learners find their way back into the workplace. The service is friendly and adaptable and their aim is to meet the needs of individual learners, helping them break through barriers, overcoming their insecurities about entering the job market and understanding what is required to gain employment suited to them.

There are lots of courses available, all tailored to suit the particular needs of individual learners with options including Over 45 And Entering The Job Market Again, Overcoming Your Fear Of The Computer and Returning To Work After Children. There’s also a range of full and part-time courses including English, Maths, Art and ICT, employability skills and confidence building.
They’re always enrolling, so you don’t need to wait before signing up and they’ll work with you to decide what your education and employment goals are and then give you the skills and resources to get you there. In addition to free courses the service offers funded childcare and extra help to those who need one-on-one guidance.

If Community Learning sounds just right for you then check out what’s on offer by visiting the skills hub at the back of Freeman Street Market. You can also get in touch by phone on 01472 323540 or email to And they’re on Facebook and Twitter.

Twins Walk Raises Funds For The Newborn Intensive Care Unit

You could have been forgiven for thinking you were seeing double when a group of local mums and dads took their babies on a sponsored walk from The Discovery Centre to the Meridian Line on Sunday 4th June.

The walk was organised the Grimsby Twins group, a social support group for parents of twins.

Leanne Raynor, mum of 21 month old twins Willow and Myla, said: “The neonatal unit is close to all our hearts. We want to help other parents, who like us, have spent time on the newborn intensive care unit with our babies. We spent nearly 10 weeks there so it feels like home.”

Ryan Harper, father of nine week old twins Pippa and Harriet, said: “You don’t know what goes on behind the doors until you need the services. The nurses are there throughout. One day, Kirsty, my wife was really poorly so was not able to see the girls so the nurses took photos and printed them out to show her at her bedside. The little things they do mean a lot.”

The group is calling on other parents whose children have been cared for by the unit to get involved and help raise money.

The twins group meets every Wednesday at the Riverside Surestart Centre, Sorrel Road, Grimsby between 11.30am and 1pm. Anyone wanting further information about the group can call Leanne on 07710 619456.

Money from the event will be donated to The Health Tree Foundation (HTF). Its Little Lives fund gives money to the newborn intensive care unit to help make a difference to local parents and their babies by granting wishes. If you would like to organise your own fundraising event please contact Lauren Alexander on 03033 304514 or

Afternoon tea raises money for Rear Into Gear

There was lashings of lovely tea and of course some superb homemade cakes at The Pelham Suite on Sunday June 4th when the venue hosted an afternoon tea to raise money for the Rear Into Gear appeal in aid of bowel patients.

Everybody had a splendid afternoon and plenty of funds were raised at the event which was organised by Teresa Jackson, Louise Salt and Anne Appleton (photo above right).
The Health Tree Foundation, the official charity of Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals, has launched the appeal aimed at raising money for new keyhole surgery equipment.

The money will be used to buy two new state of the art laparoscopic theatre stacks for Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital and Scunthorpe General Hospital enabling surgeons to perform the latest and most complex keyhole procedures for patients undergoing bowel cancer and bowel related illnesses. The camera systems on the new equipment will deliver extremely high quality images for surgeons.

Louise Salt, colorectal specialist nurse, said: “This will be the first of many events we have planned to raise money for this appeal. We are also hoping local people will back us and hold their own fundraising events to support us.”

There are lots more events on the way in aid of the Rear Into Gear campaign but you can also donate through their Just Giving page which is at

Patients Urged To Nominate Their Own NHS Stars


Have you had a good experience from your local NHS? Want to thank that particular member of staff who did their best to look after you?

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is seeking nominations for the Patients’ Choice award category at its annual staff awards ceremony, Our Stars, which is held every October.


Simon Dunn, people and organisational development lead explained: “Each year we hold a special event to celebrate and recognise those staff members who add that extra sparkle to our patients’ experience with us. Whether it was someone clinical who provided exceptional care or someone else who made your visit that little bit easier we want to hear from you.”

“We’re inviting nominations from patients and their loved ones for the Patients’ Choice award so we can recognise those individuals and teams who have made a real difference to patients and their families.”

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So whether it was a nurse, doctor, cleaner, therapist, consultant, volunteer, porter, receptionist, a member of catering staff or someone else – if a member of staff made your day recently now’s your chance to say ‘thank you’.

Karen Jackson, chief executive at the Trust, said: “Often our staff often don’t realise that what they do is special, they see it as part of their daily job. Help us to honour and recognise their efforts by nominating them for an award.”

Last year’s winner was Lindsay Clark, midwife at Scunthorpe General Hospital. The patient who nominated Lindsay said: “She is a dedicated, compassionate midwife who deserves this nomination. She is an absolute credit to your team and without her careful eye and fast acting manner when things deteriorated during my labour; I am not convinced me and my daughter would be a healthy as we both are today.”


If you have been a patient or visitor at Scunthorpe, Grimsby or Goole hospitals or at one of the Trust’s community health services, you can nominate a staff member, clinical or non-clinical, in one of these ways:

• Go to the Trust website at:
• Email
• Call (01724) 387739.

Please provide your name, contact number, the name of the staff member you are nominating, the area they work in and the reason for the nomination.

The winner of the Patient’s Choice award, and nine other awards, will be revealed at the Our Stars 2016 event at the Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort on Friday 7th October.