Happy New Year! New year, new decade and a brand new start.
What a year 2019 was. We officially opened our brand new state of the art premises after a lot of fundraising, hard work and huge effort from our team and local community. Whilst it was hard work it was truly rewarding and heart-warming to see the people of our local area pulling together to help create our headquarters which is home to, Wings N Things (our new and pre-loved clothes and accessories shop), Wings Cafe, (our social enterprise to teach and employ young adults with learning difficulties) the main Centre which is a base for Dare 2 Care, (supplying food to those in need) Tots of Fun (mums & tots group), Mini Wings (our afterschool club), Recycled Teenagers (club for adults and pensioners) and Learning 360 (teaching young adults with learning difficulties skills in literacy, numeracy, health & hygiene, first aid and food safety). We are also very proud to have a sensory room and counselling space as well as office facilities and conference room. Its fantastic to have all these facilities under one roof in a comfortable and safe environment and we encourage and welcome everyone from our local area to pay us a visit.
It was very fitting that we also celebrated our 10 year anniversary with our Grand Opening Event hosting so many familiar faces from our community as well as Pudsey Bear of course. We were also delighted to win the Pride of Place 2019 award (for the 2nd time) which recognises day to day work being done by communities, throughout all of Ireland.
On a personal note we would all like to congratulate team member Marianne and her family on welcoming beautiful baby Killian into the world.
The Christmas period is one of our busiest times of the year. We kicked off by being proud to host Doggo Daycare’s Christmas Barket which was a great success. So many furry friends came to visit and get professional photos taken (care of Graham Crichton). There were a large variety of stalls offering everything from doggy cakes and treats to pet beds and dog shampoo. A fantastic day was had by all and all proceeds
went to Via Wings to continue to meet needs and change lives. Huge thanks to all at Doggos for all their hard work.
Our Christmas appeal 2019 proved to be the biggest one we have ever launched. It is heartbreaking to know that more people than ever in our community are in need. But once again the local community stepped up to help and the generosity and kindness was truly amazing to witness.
In total we were able to supply;
70 full turkey dinners
100 plated dinners
98 families – grocery & Toiletry packs
48 families – Santa gift sacks
5 families – Home heating packages
3 families – electric
3 families – logs & coal
None of this would have been possible without our amazing local community. Individuals, families, businesses, sports groups, shops and many more worked together to pull out all the stops to provide children and families with a Christmas they could enjoy and be proud of. Without this support many of these people would have faced a cold and hungry Christmas with no visit from Santa and left isolated, desperate and alone. Thank you.