We are pleased to announce that dressmaking classes are scheduled to begin soon! We only have 3 places left! So register with us and save money by joining the class at our Centre.
The cost for the dressmaking classes is only £70 (other cost is met through donations).
Courses will run for 10 weeks.
Time: 10am and finish at 12pm one day a week at the Sickle Cell Care Centre
Payment Method: As a charity, we prefer full payment on the first day of the course to ensure commitments from both trainees and the Tutors. However, consideration is given to those who are unemployed to pay half on the first day of attending and the balance is to be paid within 30 days.
Come join the class and meet new friends over a cup of coffee/tea. We only have limited spaces. No need to worry about taking exams, this is an adult community vocational class which will be taught by qualified and experienced tutors.
This is an initiative specifically designed to create self- sufficiency for individuals with employment challenges and for those who wish to learn a new hobby or skill. The people already signed up for the class are all excited and looking forward to start as soon as possible.
Other new and exciting activities to be added during the coming winter:
Arts & Crafts
Computer Classes for beginners
Vegetarian & Caribbean Cooking classes
Social Enterprise – Entrepreneurship and Business Start-up Workshop
Contact us now for more information and how to register.
01902 498274/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just giving you a recap of the recent event we had here at Sickle Cell Care. And wow,
the reviews and press coverage have been outstanding! The Express and Star
newspaper accurately claimed us as “bridging the gap between home and hospital”,
and the Gleaner (a Jamaican newspaper published here in the UK) described the event
as being “a unique centre… A life line for sicklers.” It was as much of a success to us as it
was to the press and to everyone who attended.
The event kicked off with the presentation of the Jamaican High Commissioner and an
introduction of the event to the guests by the master of ceremonies, Maurice Malcolm.
The Jamaican National Anthem was then sung loudly by everyone, and was led by a
current supporter of SCC -‐ Samantha Pearce.
Guests were provided with an information pack detailing the background and history of
SCC and its social activity centre, its current affiliations, the future endeavours of the
charity and comprehensive awareness information about sickle cell disease and
Among the medical professionals who declared their support for the charity in their
speech was Dr A McWhannel who received an award in behalf of the staff and
management at the centre. He was very instrumental in helping the founder during the
development stages of the charity and continually assists the charity by providing
specialised services to the community.
Centre Manager, Gwen Coates, was extremely pleased to see the smile on Dr
McWhannel’s face and others, as he received the award. His worshipful, Councillor
Michael Heap, Mayor of Wolverhampton was also present and received an award in
recognition of his support of the centre.
Her Excellency, the Jamaican High Commissioner made a speech calling on all of our
associates, supporters and in general, the people of Jamaican heritage to solidify their
Status as British nationals. Her Excellency commended the efforts of the charity, and
was especially impressed by the personal testimonies of two of our clients, as evident in
It was after the delivery of the speech that came the delivery of yet another award to
honour the work, dedication and efforts of a particular person; a very special person
who through her experience, the peaks and troughs of her life, came to establish the
charity despite the mountainous obstacles she faced. That person was our Founder -‐
With tears in her eyes, and the arms of the High Commissioner around her, Claudette
gratefully received the prestigious award to recognise her life-‐time achievements.
Mrs Taylor-‐Mitchell thanked everyone in the room for attending, extending a special
thanks to the High Commissioner, the Mayor, the medical professionals and board
members, and of course her staff for making the day possible and her daughter -‐
Maureen Mitchell -‐ who was one of the MCs for the day and also a sufferer of sickle cell
A hearty Caribbean style lunch followed during the latter half of the day. During lunch,
Claudette accompanied her daughter in singing a rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You”;
which appropriately conveys the message and deepest desires of our charity and its
hope to serve as a full-‐time respite centre.
If you want to know more about what the press reports about the event and our
charity, see more pictures or wish to get involved with other events and happenings
here at the centre, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
We look forward to hearing from you.
We had a great time this year at our annual World Sickle Cell Day celebration. Following the success of last year’s World Sickle Cell Day event held at our headquarters, we hosted yet another event at Hickman Park in Bilston, Wolverhampton. The turnout for 2015 was triple that of 2014! This means more people now know about sickle cell, about us, and about what we do.
Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually, in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassaemia and the struggles sufferers and their families go through. The date was chosen to commemorate the day on which a resolution was officially adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, recognising SCD as a public health concern.
Sickle cell and thalassaemia affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children. It is a potentially fatal disease and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is one of the main causes of premature death amongst children under the age of five in various African and Asian countries.
Enid, Jordan & Jo
Enid, Jordan & Jo
Our Fun Day in Hickman Park got off to a good start at 12 noon to the well-known reggae sound, from well-known reggae group The Eye To Eye Band performing live on stage. As the adults gathered to listen to the live music, the kids also showed their excitement and in no time were queuing up for the bouncy castles to join the summer vibes. Before you knew it, Hickman Park was packed with people standing to watch the awesome live performances, buying freshly prepared smoothies, eating beautifully made rice and peas with jerk chicken, chatting with charities and vendors, and soaking in every bit of sunshine the day permitted.
Supporting Wolverhampton Sickle Cell Care. Special guest Peter Spence arrived, and Owen Grey. The people came out in full force! – Hempress Noire
And that’s not all.
Owen’s of Bilston
Owen’s of Bilston
Owen’s Of Bilston hosted the very popular ‘Guess the Number of Balloons’ raffle, using one of their own showroom cars. Many prizes such as a bottle of champagne, and a free MOT and servicing were up for grabs. Veteran Jamaican reggae artist Owen Gray excited the crowd with old lover’s rock songs that everybody knows and loves. Peter Spence also got the crowd going with a selection of gospel reggae.
Overall everyone had such fun day filled with music, laughter and good food! See more pictures from the event HERE. Keep the feedback coming so we can improve for future events. We want say a big thank you to our local community who came along to celebrate the day. We also want to give a huge thanks to our many supporters and sponsors who assisted in the day’s success, including:
Speedy Hire PLC – Wolverhampton
Owen’s of Bilston
Boots – Bentley Bridge
Tesco Stores – Willenhall Rd and Mander Centre
Aldi Stores – Goldthorn Hill and Moxley
Morrison’s – Bilston
Jam Radio, WCR Radio, Skyline Radio, Free Radio Birmingham
TK Maxx – Bentley Bridge
Curry’s – Wednesbury
Grewal Groceries – Bilston
And a special thank you to these very dedicated individuals:
And the New World Bikers who generously supported us by collecting funds on the day and provided us all with an animated performance filled with gusto!
New World Bikers
New World Bikers
Want to get involved next year’s World Sickle Cell Day Extravaganza? Spaces (pitches) are available to retailers, community organisations and local businesses and entrepreneurs to highlight their services or goods from October 2015. We encourage anyone who wants to participate to contact us for a space and or table for exhibition to the many people who will be attending.