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Three Day Employability Course - Free!

Employment Course

Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March / 10am-3pm / Seminar Room, Central Library, Southampton, SO14 7LW + Free lunch

The course is free for anyone aged 19+ and living in or around Southampton.

The aim of this course is to improve your confidence around getting a job and develop your employability skills. This course acts as an introduction to employability, or to refresh existing knowledge.

Over the 3 days, the course will aim to:

  • Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
  • Support learners with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help learners plan their move into paid work.

To register to attend this course, please send them an email or call 074 6733 7376

 

Woodcraft Folk Event

Woodcraft event

Saturday 7 March / 1-3.30pm / Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common / £2 per child.

Woodcraft Folk nature based activities for children aged 6 – 9 years old and their parents.

There's no need to book, just turn up. 

For more information visit our Facebook page.


International Womens day

Southampton to celebrate International Women’s Day

Southampton City Council will be sharing success stories of inspirational Southampton women on International Women’s Day, the global awareness day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

Taking place on Sunday 8 March 2020, the theme for International Women’s Day this year is #EachforEqual, which celebrates women's achievements, raises awareness against bias and takes action for equality.

As part of the celebrations there are a number of events and activities taking place in the city:

Saturday 7 March / Women Artists in the Collection talk / Southampton City Art Gallery / 2pm-3pm / £8

Emma Fallon will talk about the life and work of women artists in the Southampton collection.

Sunday 8 March / The Woman Who Would Be Mayor / SeaCity Museum / 11am-midday / £8

Meet Mrs Lucia Foster Welch, Southampton’s first female mayor in this compelling performance devised and performed by Southampton based actor and historian, Jane Glennie. Stay to explore the rest of the museum at your leisure.

Sunday 8 March / Tudor Women history talk / Tudor House & Gardens / 3.30pm-4.30pm / £3.50

Join Becky Sharp on International Women’s Day to discover and discuss what life was like for women in Tudor England, especially for those who wanted to change the rules.

Sunday 8 March / International Women's Day Walk around the Common / FREE event / Registration at 1.30pm outside the Hawthorns Centre for 2.00pm start

Organised by Southampton Women’s Forum and Sustrans volunteers, a social walk starting and finishing at the Hawthorns Centre to show support for women and to make this a fairer world. Optional tea/coffee at the Hawthorns café afterwards. For more information send them an email.  

 

Police recruitment event

Hampshire Police Recruitment Event

Thursday 12 March / 6am-2.30pm / Shirley Baptist Church, Church Street, Shirley SO15 5LG

Policing is a career like no other, and Hampshire is one of the best places to serve your community. You might not even know you have the skills we are looking for.

Problem solving, compassion, resilience, respect, courage and teamwork. These are all qualities we value in officer, staff and volunteer roles. So, if you think you might have the Skills to Serve why not attend one of our March 2020 recruitment events?

You'll be able to meet some of our police officers, PCSOs and police staff such as contact handlers and analysts, who on a daily basis make a real difference to people's lives. Find out more about the roles, why Hampshire has the highest police officer starting salary in the South East, get top tips on applying, meet our positive action team and support networks, and ask any other questions you might have.

For more information or to register visit the Eventbrite website.

Saturday 14 March / 10.30am-2pm / Highfield Church Centre, Highfield Lane, SO17 1RL

Free entry for customers

Local good neighbours charity Communicare in Southampton are holding another popular vintage and craft fair. 

There will be a wide variety of stalls selling crafts, jewellery, homemade and vintage goods – a great opportunity to buy Mother’s Day and Easter gifts. There will be live music, food, a raffle, and plenty of homemade cakes!

There is a small car park suitable for drop off and on street free parking in the surrounding area. Proceeds from the day will go towards helping the charity alleviate loneliness and isolation in the city of Southampton.

For more information call 023 8021 6016 or send them an email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EURO 2021

500 days to go!

Sunday 23 February marked 500 days to go until Southampton welcomes the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Football tournament – and we can't wait!

To celebrate, UEFA released the full match schedule – which includes confirmation that Southampton FC’s St Mary’s Stadium will host three matches including England’s final group game on Friday 16 July 2021 – in what promises to be a record-breaking edition of the European tournament next summer. Other Southampton group stage fixture dates are Thursday 8 July and Monday 12 July 2021.

You can watch a film here, which shows how excited the Southampton FC Women’s team, Bitterne Park School Girls Football Team and the OTARS Learning Disability Sports team (amongst others) are about the tournament coming to Southampton!

To register for tickets, as well as tournament news, competitions and volunteering opportunities, visit the FA website.

Southampton Sporterium

cycle cycling sporterium

The Southampton Sporterium on 20 June is the first of its kind in the city and will include a long-distance ride – or Sportive – starting from the city centre and taking riders on a loop (of either 100km or 60km) of the surrounding Hampshire countryside.

Cyclists will also be invited to take part in a timed race – or Criterium – which will challenge participants to complete as many laps as possible on a fast-paced, one-mile circuit around Southampton’s parks. The Criterium will commence with non-competitive racing in the morning, followed by corporate and unrated cyclists, and finally culminating in British Cycling Championship cycling in the evening.

The event will also provide a range of fun cycling activities for families to enjoy throughout the day. Find out more and get involved >

 

 

 

 

 

 

500 Days to Go!

Sunday 23 February marked ‘500 Days to Go’ until Southampton welcomes the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Football tournament and we can't wait!

To celebrate, UEFA released the full match schedule – which includes confirmation that Southampton FC’s St Mary’s Stadium will host three matches including England’s final group game on Friday 16 July 2021 – in what promises to be a record-breaking edition of the European tournament next summer. Other Southampton group stage fixture dates are Thursday 8 July and Monday 12 July 2021.

You can watch a film here, which shows just how excited the Southampton FC Women’s team, Bitterne Park School Girls Football Team and the OTARS Learning Disability Sports team (amongst others) are that the tournament is coming to Southampton!

To register for tickets, as well as tournament news, competitions and volunteering opportunities visit TheFA.com/WEURO2021.

 

 

Advice and support sessions for parents

school child girl

Do you have a child aged 8 to 16? Would you like help to support them with tricky or stressful issues? We're supporting No Limits to deliver the following four parenting information sessions:

  • 3 March – How to manage exam pressures (including SATs and GCSEs)
  • 21 April – Help your child cope with mental health concerns (coping strategies and resilience)
  • 19 May – Support your child with friendship issues (primary and secondary schools)
  • 23 June – Online and cyber safety

All sessions run 6.30-9pm and are being held at 35 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XN - Find out more and book your place.

 

500 Days to Go!

EURO 2021

This Sunday 23 February marks ‘500 Days to Go’ until the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 tournament is coming to Southampton!

The FA will be releasing the full match schedule on Sunday – but we can exclusively tell you that this will include confirmation that Southampton FC’s St Mary’s Stadium will host three matches including England’s final group game on 16 July. Other group stage fixture dates being played in Southampton are Thursday 8 July and Monday 12 July.

Now in its 13th edition, the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 is poised to be the biggest women’s EURO to date, with over 700,000 tickets available to fans and extensive coverage of every game of the tournament available on free-to-air television, radio and online. Fans will be able to see some of the world’s best players in action on home soil as 31 matches are played across 26 days of competition.

To register for tickets, as well as tournament news, competitions and volunteering opportunities visit TheFA.com/WEURO2021.

 

#SotonEvents

Soton Events

A few dates for your diary over the coming months…

Mayflower 400 A Musical Odyssey - 5 & 6 March - Mayflower 400 - Mayflower Theatre

Solent University Container Art Exhibition - 27 March - 1 April - Guildhall Square - *FREE EVENT*

ZoieLogic Dance Company’s RIDE - 10 - 12 April - Redbridge, Mansbridge and Holyrood Estates *FREE EVENT*

Easter Fair - 9 - 19 April - Southampton Common

Record Day Fair - 18 April - Guildhall Square - *FREE EVENT*

ABP Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k - 26 April - City Wide

Circus - 29 April - 10 May - Mayflower Park

For more information go to www.visitsouthampton.co.uk/events

 

 

 

Half Term Activities 

We only have a few spaces left for some of our half-term activities next week. Unless it's a drop-in session please book your activities on 023 8083 4536.

Mon 17 Feb -

Drop-in Pokémon Moneyboxes! (All ages) / 10.30am-12.30pm /  Art Gallery / £4.50 

Transform scrap materials in to a pokémon to store your pennies. Which character will you create? No need to book - just turn up next Monday.

Wed 19 Feb - 

Off With Their Heads (7yrs+) / 10.30am-3pm / Tudor House / £18

Discover the truly terrible Tudors in our half-term workshop 𝗢𝗳𝗳 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀, a jam-packed day of incredible art, crafts and amazing history! Create a shield and a knot garden and discover objects from over 500 years ago.

Fri 21 Feb - 

Titanic Science (7-12yr) / 10.30am-3pm / SeaCity Museum / £18 

Discover the inner workings of the RMS Titanic this half-term in our fun filled Titanic Science workshop. What keeps a ship afloat? And how did this allegedly unsinkable ship sink? Find out more next Friday. 

Sat 22 Feb -

Mini Monets (2-6yrs) / 11am-12noon / Art Gallery / Feb 241 offer! - £6 for 2 

Explore the gallery and get messy in this fun-packed session using a range of materials and methods and create a beautiful piece of artwork to take home. Usually £6 per child but we have a 241 offer for February only so you can bring a friend for free! 

ARTefacts (7-13yrs)  / 10.30am-12.30pm / Tudor House / £9 

Discover the hidden histories of Southampton using artefacts from the museum collection and then create your own. 

Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

 

 

Rhyme Time at Shirley Library

Shirley Library

19 Feb '20 10:30am - 19 Feb '20 11:00am

READ LESS

Rhyme time is a fun and interactive singing activity designed for under 5s. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Sticking Together craft morning at Lordshill Library

Lordshill Library

15 Feb '20 10:30am - 15 Feb '20 12:00pm

READ LESS

"Sticking Together" craft mornings are suitable for children aged 3-11. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Rhyme Time at Lordshill Library

Lordshill Library

18 Feb '20 11:00am - 18 Feb '20 11:30am

READ LESS

Rhyme time is a fun and interactive singing activity designed for under 5s. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Sticking Together craft morning at Lordshill Library

Lordshill Library

22 Feb '20 10:30am - 22 Feb '20 12:00pm

READ LESS

"Sticking Together" craft mornings are suitable for children aged 3-11. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Rhyme Time at Millbrook Community Library

Millbrook Community Library

17 Feb '20 02:00pm - 17 Feb '20 03:00pm

READ LESS

Rhyme time is a fun and interactive singing activity designed for under 5s. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Homework Help Club at Central Library

Southampton Central Library

15 Feb '20 01:00pm - 15 Feb '20 03:00pm

22 Feb '20 01:00pm - 22 Feb '20 03:00pm

READ LESS

Free homework club for 5-18 year olds. Bring along a piece of homework and one of our volunteers from the University of Southampton will help you with it. Please note this is not a tutoring service or 1:1 support. Online booking essential to monitor attendance numbers.

TICKET INFORMATION

Free, online booking required.

https://libraries-plus.ticketleap.com/

 

 

Southampton Central Library

20 Feb '20 02:00pm - 20 Feb '20 02:30pm

READ LESS

Rhyme time is a fun and interactive singing activity designed for under 5s. The session is free and there is no need to book - just turn up!

 

Board Games & Jigsaws at Central Library

Southampton Central Library

21 Feb '20 10:30am - 21 Feb '20 12:30pm

READ LESS

A social activity offering board games including chess and backgammon alongside jigsaws and puzzles. Hot drinks available from our Macmillan volunteers for a small donation.

 

Park Lives Activities

Social Football

Come down to St James Park on 

Saturday 15th &  22nd February 2020  2:30PM - 3:30PM

 Have a kick about! Bring your parents and siblings and see if you are the best football family in the area! The session will involve games and a weekly match organised by our experienced session leader.

ParkLives Southampton

Southampton residents can take advantage of hundreds of free and fun activity sessions in parks and green spaces across the region with ParkLives.
From jogging and cricket, to Family Fun sessions and paddle board yoga, ParkLives is designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, giving people the opportunity to get out and enjoy their parks and green spaces with a range of sports, games and activities on offer.
The programme offers 20 different activities, all completely free, and led by a trained activity leader from the local area. For more information visit the ParkLives website

 

 

Child-Friendly City Conference

 

 

 

 

 

Southampton Lantern Festival Parade 2020

Saturday 8 February / 3.30pm / Guildhall Square, Above Bar Street, SO14 7DU

This parade is a visual feast of colour and light as a sea of lanterns accompanies the dazzling luminous Dragon.

The UK Shaolin Temple’s Chinese Lantern Parade marks the official closing of Southampton’s 2020 Chinese New Year Celebrations. Like many Chinese New Year customs, the Lantern Festival promotes togetherness; where family and friends meet  amidst the glow of many lanterns.

The parade commences at the Bargate, travels down the high street, and finishes in the Guildhall Square. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a picture with our star Dragon. Book your free tickets here.

 

Football sessions at the park

Saturday 2.30-3.30pm / St.James' Park, SO15 5SD
Hosted by Friends of St. James' Park, Active Nation / ParkLives will be running weekly Football sessions.

Come down to St James Park on Saturdays to have a kick about! Parents and siblings are welcome, come and see if you are the best football family in the area!
The session will involve games and a weekly match organised by an experienced session leader. For more information visit their facebook events page.

 

 

 

February half-term activities

Feb HT Activities 2020

Looking for something fun, messy and engaging for the kids this February half-term? You'll find something for everyone at our museums and art gallery.

Our kids clubs and half-term activities are now starting to book up. Don't miss Wizard School at Tudor House, Art School Sculptures in the Art Galley, or Treasure Plastercasts at SeaCity Museum. View all half-term activities here.

Unless it’s a drop in session, please book your activity on 023 8083 4536.

 

 

 

FREE HOME WORK CLUB 

 

 

Southampton Chinese New Year celebration - Year of the Rat

Saturday 25 January / Southampton Guildhall Square and 02 Guildhall Southampton

10.30am – 1pm / FREE morning activities and parade at the Guildhall square

1.30pm – 3.30pm / Afternoon extravaganza at the O2 Guildhall, Southampton

The celebrations also mark the second year in which the city of Southampton has banded together to celebrate the Southampton community. Once again, Southampton City Council and many other Southampton based community groups, education bodies, and businesses, are coming together to bring these celebrations for the benefit, and enjoyment of the Southampton community. The UK Shaolin Temple returns once again to host the celebrations.

For more information call 023 8063 2601 or visit the website.

 

CNY at Westquay

Sunday 26 January / 9am / Westquay Shopping Centre / Book here

2020 is the year of the rat and to celebrate, the Southampton Chinese Association will be here to entertain all with traditional performances including:

  • Lion dance
  • Dragon dance
  • Kung Fu / martial arts display
  • Tai chi display
  • Chinese musical instruments: including flute and guzheng
  • Chinese opera
  • Chinese traditional dances
  • Chinese and English songs
  • Western dance
  • Piano performance
  • Chinese costume showcase

 

and a range of workshops, including calligraphy and lantern-making workshops.

Top tips for Safer Internet Day 2020

The UK Safer Internet Centre has launched top tips and advice pages especially for Safer Internet Day 2020.

These pages contain tips, advice, and resources to help young people and their families enjoy technology and the internet together in a safe and positive way. There are tailor-made top tips for:

These top tips are a great way of starting a conversation this Safer Internet Day. Take a look now to help you prepare for the 11th of February. 

*Don't forget to tell us about your plans for the day by registering as an official supporter*

Take a look at the top tips

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2020 Educational Resources for Parents and Carers

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 11th February 2020, and in the UK we are focussing on the theme of online identity.

For Safer Internet Day 2020, the UK Safer Internet Centre has created educational resources for young people aged 3-18 years old. In this blog, we will be taking a closer look at the resources which have been tailor-made for parents to engage with their child about online issues.

Find out more.

 

 

Feb HT Activities 2020

Looking for something fun, messy and engaging for the kids this February half-term? You'll find something for everyone at our museums and art gallery.

Wizard School is back at Tudor House, you can make your own clay animals at the Art Galley or discover some Titanic Science at SeaCity Museum. View all our activities here.

Unless it’s a drop in session, please book your activity on 023 8083 4536.

We also have a new regular club: ARTefacts (7-13yrs) where you can discover the hidden history's of the city using artifacts from the museum collection and then create your own. Starting Saturday: 22 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm / Tudor House / £9 / Pre-book

 

 

 

Chinese New Year celebrations in Southampton - save the dates

Sat 25 Jan: Chinese New Year Celebration at Guildhall Square 10.30am - 1pm (free) and O2 Guildhall (Ticket Entry) 1.30pm - 3.30pm 

Sun 26 Jan: Chinese New Year at Westquay from 11am

Sat 8 Feb: Southampton Lantern Festival Parade at Guildhall Square 3.30pm - 7pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the link  - Christmas Trail 
 

 

The Fab Course

Please note this is a Women Only Course. If you would like to discuss it in more detail I am in the Community Room (old Junior School Office) every Monday morning 9-10am alternatively you can contact SCFT direct on the number provided.

 

15 December / 2-5pm / St Mary's Fire Station, Brinton's Road, SO14 0DB

Head along to St Mary's Fire Station and experience Santa's Grotto, a selection of food, live music and a nativity musical.

Southampton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team will be hosting in partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Also in collaboration with Unity 101 Community Radio and local community and faith groups. Tickets to visit Santa cost £2 and are available on the day.

 

Singing in the Square

Saturday 14 December / 5pm / Guildhall Square, Above Bar Street

Join the Rose Road Association and sing along to your all time favorite Christmas songs with two fabulous Southampton choirs, including the wonderful 'Sing Now' choir. Song sheets will be handed out on the night so everyone can join in!

So if you want to warm your heart for Christmas in the glow of a giant Christmas tree, head along and help make Christmas magical for disabled young people in the area.

For more information visit the Rose Road website.

 

Southampton Christmas Glow Ride

Free - 8 December / 4pm / Guildhall Square

Join My Journey and local bike groups from Breeze, British Cycling, Sustrans and Cycling UK for an evening of Christmas cheer! Bling up your bike in your best seasonal decor for a bike ride with a difference, lighting up the parks and city centre streets as you go. There will be a Cycle Savvy Pitstop on hand offering free bike safety checkups, free giveaways from My Journey Southampton and Love My Ride offering prizes with its Spin the Wheel Game! Even though this is a free event please book tickets so that participant numbers can be confirmed.

 

Wessex Swimming

 

SHEEP IN SHIRLEY

Churches Together in Shirley and District (CTiS) invites you to join in the Sheep in Shirley Event

From 30th November– 21 December, up and down Shirley High Street, St James Park Café and St James by the Park Church Office knitted sheep will be hiding. They may be in the windows, or they could be hiding anywhere in the shops or cafes.

Children (and adults!) may locate 24 sheep and find out what each one is called. You can pick up the Sheep In Shirley entry from Shirley Library, Santo Lounge or St James Park Café. Completed sheep hunt forms can be returned to the same places.

However you and those you love choose to spend your Christmas, Churches Together in Shirley and District wish you peace, joy and hope both now and in 2020.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 25 / Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November /  10am-3pm / Seminar Room, Central Library, SO14 7LW

The course is free for anyone aged 19+ and living in or around Southampton.

The aim of this course is to improve your confidence around getting a job and develop your employability skills. This course acts as an introduction to employability, or to refresh existing knowledge.

Over the 3 days, the course will aim to:

  • Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
  • Support learners with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help learners plan their move into paid work

To refer to this course, please email Daniel Stickland or call 078 1116 5534

 

Christmas LightChristmas Light

A countdown to Christmas in Shirley

12noon-3.30pm / Lantern making and Christmas Fair in St James' Park

4-5.30pm / Christmas Light Switch on at Shirley Precinct - including music by Sing Now Choir and special guests

 For more information visit their facebook page.

 

 

Southampton Story Spectacular

Thursday 21 November / 6pm / Bargate

Listen to tales of Southampton’s past, present and future at the Southampton Story Spectacular.

The iconic Bargate will be brought to life through a spectacular projection mapping visual experience. Using the latest technology watch as the Bargate moves with each story. Join the Christmas Giant and the legendary Sir Bevois as they regale tales of Southampton’s past, present and future.

Each event will start at 6pm, between the Flying Santa shows, across three days from the 21 - 23 November. For more information go to the Visit Southampton website.

 

 

Tudor House Christmas Weekend

TH Christmas

Tudor House / Sat 7, Sun 8 Dec / 10am-5pm /

Get into the Christmas spirit at Tudor House and Garden with a weekend of family festivities. Book a visit to Father Christmas or one of the activities below and you’ll get to explore the house for free. 

Saturday 7 Dec Activities

Visit Father Christmas (Kids) /10am-5pm / £7 
You can book more than one child per slot. See time slots.

Gingerbread Men and More (grown-ups) / 10.30am-1pm / £20 
Create your own felt gingerbread man or festive decoration. All materials provided.

Embossed Christmas Cards (All ages) 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm / £4 
Create a stunning set of embossed Christmas cards 

Cellar Light Tours (All ages) / 11am, 2pm and 3pm / Adults £4.50 / Children £2.50 
Discover the city’s tales of Christmas past in this cellar light tour. Tours are approximately 1hr. 

Christmas Lantern Tour (grown-ups) / 7pm-8.45pm / £8
Discover more about Southampton’s Christmas story with Dr Andy Russel on a tour around the Old Town followed by seasonal refreshments in Tudor House’s Banqueting Hall. Meet in St Michael’s Square and bring torches with you!

Sunday 8 Dec Activities 

Visit Father Christmas (Kids) /10am-5pm / £7 
You can book more than one child per slot. See time slots.

Christmas Peg Fairy (Families, 5yrs+) / 1.30-3pm and 3.30-5pm / £7 
Have fun designing and decorating a peg fairy including miniature clothes and wand.

Festive Wreath Workshop (grown-ups) / 10.30am-1pm / £25 
Create your own unique festive door wreaths. All welcome and all materials provided.

Cellar Light Tours / 11am, 2pm and 3pm / Adults £4.50 / Children £2.50
Discover the city’s tales of Christmas past in this cellar light tour. Tours are approximately 1hr.

 

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Homework help is back!

SouthamptonHub

The University of Southampton volunteers that form SouthamptonHub are back and ready to help with all those homework troubles!

The free homework help clubs return to both Central and Portswood libraries on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Catering to children aged 5-18, places must be booked online in advance. 

Central Library / Saturday 9 November / 11am - 1pm
Portswood Library / Saturday 9 November / 1pm - 3
pm
Central Library / Wednesday 13 November / 4pm - 6pm

Portswood Library / Wednesday 13 November / 4pm - 6pm

 

Winter Watercolour Advent Calendars (7-13yrs)

Sat 23 Nov / 10.30am - 1pm / Southampton City Art Gallery  / £12

Develop your drawing and painting skills working with inks and watercolours while creating an original and stunning calendar to take away with you.

Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

 

 

DIY Elf on a Shelf! (4yrs+)

Sat 30 Nov / 10.30-11.30am  or 3.30-4.30pm / Southampton City Art Gallery / £6

Now in its third year, this workshop has become a Gallery tradition. Make your very own mischievous elf in time for December.

Pre-book on 023 8083 4536

 

 

Activites in October (click on activities)

 

Do you have a Baby, Toddler or  Pre-school Child, see below a link to a New website providing lots of ideas on how to support your child's early learning

 

        https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/  

 

 

Jubilee Sailing Trust's Autumn Pumpkin Festival

Saturday 12 October, 12noon-5pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley

Adults £5, Children free - admission fee covers parking cost

Registered charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, is holding an Autumn Pumpkin festival and Scarecrow Avenue fund raising extravaganza!

With giant pumpkins, circus skill displays, puppet shows, children's activities - sports and games, craft and gift stalls, local food and produce, a live band and bar stocked with real ale and cider, there's something for adults and children alike!

Bring along your own scarecrow and join in the fun!

Find out more about the Trust on their website.

 

New free Autism eLearning open to all

We are proud to announce newly developed free to access Autism eLearning training, to help develop understanding of the condition.

The open access Autism eLearning training has been co-produced with Autism Hampshire, numerous people on the autistic spectrum across Hampshire and four local authorities (Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth City Council).

The online training, in-line with the new Autism Core Capabilities Framework produced by Health Education England, is aimed at everyone coming into regular contact with people on the Autistic spectrum and their families.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adult Care said: “It is important that autism is better recognised and understood,
to enable inclusion and independence for those with the condition. The online training course will provide information and practical suggestions to support friends, family members or anyone who comes into contact with someone on the spectrum.”

It takes approximately 1 hour to complete, consisting of information slides and videos of experts sharing their real life experiences. A certificate will provided for completion of the course.

The eLearning module can be found here.


Olivia Twist

4 – 15 October /  Solent Showcase Gallery Window SO14 7NN

Showcase Gallery has collaborated with Community Leader and
Chair of The United Voices of Africa Association, Abdoulie Sanneh
to tell a particular story of Black History in the city. The gallery has
commissioned artist Olivia Twist to create a new mural that will be
shown in the Showcase Gallery window.

Olivia Twist is an illustrator from East London who graduated from
the Royal College of Art with an MA in Visual Communication. For this project she worked with TUVAA and Dr. Ngwenya on an historical story, written by Dr. Ngwenya that links Southampton to the colonisation of South Africa by the British in the 1880s.

The story forms part of the rich tapestry of Black History across
the UK and helps to inform and shape our experience and
perception of the city of Southampton.


Raver Tots

Raver Tots Halloween Spooktacular Southampton

Sunday 27 October / 2-5.30pm / Marquee in Guildhall Square

Raver Tots are really excited to bring you a mini family festival, limited to 2000 people, taking place in the centre of Southampton.
A giant marquee in Guildhall Square will be fully kitted out with state of the art Raver Tots production, sound, light, and entertainment!

Hear the UK’s biggest and best DJ’s of all time whilst making memories with the kids in the setting of a crazy Halloween themed festival tent, suitable for all ages 0+!

Please note you cannot pay on the day so you must purchase tickets in advance. The last event sold out a month in advance!

LIBRARY WEEK

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries, with a focus in 2019 on celebrating libraries in the digital world. This year highlights the different ways we can help people of all ages through digital support, services and activities. 

Throughout the week we have lots of activities with a digital focus for adults and young people including family history help and support, computer help and training and creative activities for children and families. 

All activities are completely free and drop in with no booking required.

Central Library

Find your family history / Monday 14 October / 2pm to 4pm 
Come along to the Local Studies and Maritime Library to get hands on help with your family history, from where to start for beginners to professional tips from our resident experts. 

TEEM work club / Thursday 10 October / 3pm to 5pm 
Council employment team helping you move towards work in a friendly environment. 

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Bitterne Library

TEEM work club / Monday 7 October / 10am to 12noon 
Council employment team helping you move towards work in a friendly environment.

Family History club / Monday 7 October / 4.30pm to 7pm 
Come along to our friendly family history club where we'll show you how to access the best online resources for free and help you with your research.

Go hands on with Virtual Reality / Saturday 12 October / 10am to 3pm 
Experience fully immersive virtual reality and go hands on with engaging apps that encourage problem solving and learning. Open to children aged 11 and upwards with adults equally welcome. No booking needed, just drop in!

Woolston Library

Make the most of Borrowbox / Wednesday 9 October / 1pm to 3pm
Hands on help showing you to make the most out of our eBook and eAudiobook lending service.

Family history / Wednesday 9 October / 5pm to 7pm 
Come along to our friendly family history club where we'll show you how to access the best online resources for free and help you with your research.

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Lordshill Library

Emoji bag making / Friday 11 October / 11am to 11.30am 
Craft activity aimed at children aged 0-4 (children must be accompanied by an adult) making Emoji themed bags.

Construction Club / Thursday 10 October / 3.30pm to 5pm 
Come along for an extra special session of Construction Club where we'll be using LEGO and your creativity and building skills to design the library of the future.

Portswood Library

Make the most of Borrowbox / Wednesday 9 October / 10am to 12noon
Hands on help showing you to make the most out of our eBook and eAudiobook lending service.

Pixel picture making and Emoji hunting / Saturday 12 October / 10.30am to 3.30pm
Craft activity for children of all ages (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult) alongside a scavenger hunt around the library.

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YMCA Weston Community Library

TEEM work club / Monday 7 October / 1pm to 3pm 
Council employment team helping you move towards work in a friendly environment.

Job searching & CV writing / Wednesday 9 October / 10.30am to 12.30pm 
Learn how to search for jobs online and create a successful CV.

Social media / Wednesday 9 October / 4pm to 5pm 
Social media - how to stay safe online and getting to grips with social media.


Digital Storytimes!

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Throughout next week we will bring storytime to you in the form of our digital storytimes!

Every evening at 7.30pm, expect a new video of a familiar library face (or faces!) reading you and your little ones a bedtime story. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to ensure you don't miss out. 

Storytimes are a fun and interactive storytelling activity designed for under 5s, they run across all of our libraries in the city and are always free with no need to book - just turn up! For details on when and where; check our activities calendar or with your local library.


Help Using Computers

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Our digital champions are patient, experienced computer users that offer their free time to help you on a one-to-one basis. Teaming up with a digital champion is a great option for beginners that wish to learn more about how to use a computer within a relaxed and friendly environment. Sessions are drop in during the times detailed below unless otherwise stated.

Bitterne Library / Monday 7 October / 1pm to 3pm

Central Library / Tuesday 8 October / 10.30am to 12.30pm

MIllbrook Community Library / Wednesday 9 October / 10am to 12noon

YMCA Weston Community Library / Wednesday 9 October / 10am to 6pm

Burgess Road Library / Wednesday 9 October / 4.30pm to 7pm

Lordshill Library / Wednesday 9 October / 10am to 12noon

Central Library / Thursday 10 October / 10.30am to 12.30pm

Lordshill Library / Friday 11 October / 10am to 12noon

Shirley Library / Saturday 12 October / 11.30am to 1pm

 

The Avenue cycle scheme enters next phase

Work will commence this Sunday 6 October to build new cycleways on The Avenue from Lodge Road to Northlands Road.

Improvements will include segregated on and off-road cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings. The scheme is part of our plan to create the SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway from Southampton city centre to Chandler’s Ford. Once complete, the route will play a crucial role in supporting more people to travel sustainably – a key commitment in our Green City Charter.

The project will commence with an overnight closure of The Avenue this Sunday and will then take place in multiple phases, lasting approximately 20 weeks with a two week break over Christmas. We will be doing what we can to minimise disruption throughout but would advise road users to expect delays and plan ahead using our My Journey website.

For full details of the works, please visit our transport website.


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New autism e-learning course open to all

We are proud to announce a new, free Autism eLearning training, to help develop a better understanding of the condition.

The open access Autism eLearning training has been co-produced with Autism Hampshire, numerous people on the autistic spectrum across Hampshire and four local authorities (Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth City Council).

The online training, in-line with the new Autism Core Capabilities Framework produced by Health Education England, is aimed at everyone coming into regular contact with people on the autistic spectrum and their families.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “It is important that autism is better recognised and understood, to enable inclusion and independence for those with the condition. The online training course will provide information and practical suggestions to support friends, family members or anyone who comes into contact with someone on the spectrum.”

It takes approximately one hour to complete and consists of information slides and videos of experts sharing their real life experiences. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the course.

Access the eLearning module: www.southampton.gov.uk/elearning/autism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walktober: Walking to Wellbeing

We've teamed up with the Go Jauntly walking app to help you get your steps up for this year's Walktober challenge.

Discover new walks on the Go Jauntly app and take on a series of waking challenges for your chance to win a family pack of return Red Jet tickets. The deadline for entries is Friday 8 November. Visit the Go Jauntly website to find out more and get started. Good luck and enjoy exploring more of your local area on foot!


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Join our Walktober walks

As part of Walktober, we're running a series of fun, free walks from Bitterne every Wednesday throughout October. This is a great opportunity to get active, socialise and meet new people! Find out how to get involved here.


Cycle September

Cycle September: last chance to win

Today is the last day of Cycle September. If you've been busy cycling but still need to log some rides, well done! You have until 23:59 tomorrow to record your rides on your Love to Ride account and go into the prize draw. Good luck!

 

Music in the City

Saturday 28 September / 12noon/  Various venues in Southampton

Southampton’s biggest and best FREE music event is back for the 11th year, celebrating the wonderful diversity of musical talent from the Solent Area.

From Rock to Jazz, Classical to Americana, Folk to Blues in some of the best settings Southampton has to offer. From 800 year old historic buildings to the newest and the best coffee houses, restaurants and bars.

Our City will come alive with music in 22 venues with sounds and settings second to none. For more information visit the Music in the City website.

 

 

11 things you should know about loot boxes

POSTED ON 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

Parents and carers may have seen stories about loot boxes in the news in the last few weeks. The UK Safer Internet Centre have written this article to lay out all of the key information about loot boxes, what they mean for young people and their online safety, and what you can do to encourage safe and responsible usage.

What loot boxes are

‘Loot boxes’ are virtual items users can purchase in games with real money. In the box users will find a randomised selection of items that customise or alter the user’s experience of the game. The user will not receive any physical objects in the offline world as a result of these boxes.

The items in a loot box could be skins (that change the appearance of their character), new weapons or tools (that improve their characters ability), or access to new characters (e.g. a player for a FIFA team).

The kinds of games which feature loot boxes

Loot boxes are common in battle royale (last man standing) and first-person shooter games, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, Overwatch, Star Wars Battlefront II, and others.

They can also be found in sports games, such as FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer, Madden, and others.

How they compare to other in-game purchases

Loot boxes are not the only way to spend real life money in games. You may have also heard of microtransactions – these are purchases a user can make in the in-game shop to buy one specific item or service. The key difference between microtransactions and loot boxes is the absence of randomness.

In other in-game purchases, players get to choose exactly what they are buying, knowing its value and usefulness before purchasing. With loot boxes, players don’t know what is within them until they are purchased and their content can vary from low value items to ones which majorly change gameplay.

Why young people like loot boxes

Loot boxes are exciting! The randomness, the possibility of winning big, and the opportunity to upgrade or alter their experience of the game all make loot boxes appealing to young people.

What it looks like when loot boxes go wrong

In the news there have been reports of children racking up thousands of pounds in purchases within games. The BBC asked readers to share their stories of their children making in-game purchases, with one spending over £3,000.

What it looks like when loot boxes go right

Loot boxes can enhance a user’s experience of a game. Having new skins or weapons can make a player feel that their avatar is unique, making the game more enjoyable.

They can also help a player progress in the game by giving them higher-quality items.

How to ensure your kids are using loot boxes safely and responsibly

The first step is to have a conversation. Approach it with openness and good faith – not finger-pointing and distrust. Ask you children about the games they play, if these have loot boxes and discuss whether they have bought these themselves.

Make sure your child clearly understands that:

  • loot boxes cost real money, even if they are purchased with an in-game currency
  • they may be designed to encourage repeat-purchases
  • you expect them to respect any rules you set about money and responsibility

Both PlayStation and Microsoft allow you to set spending limits on accounts, so you can be sure that your child cannot spend large amounts in a single purchase or over a certain period of time.

What you should do if your child gets in trouble with loot boxes

Support and contact details for some of the major game publishers can be found below:

  • Blizzard – makers of Overwatch
  • Activision – makers of Call of Duty
  • Epic Games – makers of Fortnite
  • EA – makers of Star Wars Battlefront II, Apex Legends, and FIFA
  • Konami – makers of Pro Evolution Soccer
  • Nintendo – makers of Animal Crossing
  • Ubisoft – makers of Assassin’s Creed

What the research says

Research by the Gambling Commission revealed that 31% of 11-16-year olds had opened loot boxes in a computer game or in an app.

Research published by the Royal Society states that “it may be the case that loot box spending in adolescents causes problem gambling”.

replication study found similar results, stating: “These results suggest either that loot boxes act as a gateway to problem gambling, or that individuals with gambling problems are drawn to spend more on loot boxes.”

However, research is limited, as loot boxes are a relatively new phenomenon.

What policy says

In September 2019, MPs called for loot boxes to be regulated under gambling law and ban their sale to children.

In April 2018, the Belgium Gaming Commission ruled that loot boxes are “in violation of gambling legislation” but, at the time of writing, loot boxes are not regulated or considered a form of gambling in the UK.

Where you can go for more information

Check out our compilation of gaming resources for parents and carers if you want to have a better understanding of gaming in general.

You may want to write up a Family Agreement about online safety.

If you are especially concerned about your child’s behaviour and how it might link to gambling, contact The National Gambling Helpline, operated by GamCare.

BBC Own It has a great resource on loot boxes that speaks clearly and effectively to young people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ParkLives Southampton

Enjoy free outdoor activities - for all ages and abilities

Southampton residents can take advantage of hundreds of free and fun activity sessions in parks and green spaces across the region with ParkLives.

From jogging and cricket, to Family Fun sessions and paddle board yoga, ParkLives is designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, giving people the opportunity to get out and enjoy their parks and green spaces with a range of sports, games and activities on offer.

The programme offers 20 different activities, all completely free, and led by a trained activity leader from the local area.

For more information visit the ParkLives website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty to see and do in Southampton

From the Boat Show, to music festivals to heritage open days, throughout September there is many events taking place in Southampton that are suitable for the whole family:

🚤 Southampton Boat Show – 13-22 September, Mayflower Park and waterfront

Heritage Open Days  – 13-22 September, Various locations *FREE event*

🚢 Southampton Port Tours – 14 September, Bugle Street *sold out*

🎻 Folk Dance Southampton - 14 September, City Centre *FREE event*

💫 Neon Night Mission Run – 21 September, Southampton Common

🍔 Hampshire Food and Drink Emporium – 21-22 September, Hoglands Park *FREE event*

🐶 Dog Show & Family Fun Day - 22 September, St James' Park *FREE event*

🚗 Ride Live Theatre - 22 September, Holyrood Estate *FREE Event*

🌞 Summertime Live - Ibiza Classics  – 27 September, Hoglands Park

🎧 Docklands Dance Music Festival  – 28 September, Hoglands Park

🎼 Music in the City  – 28 & 29 September, Various Locations *FREE Event*

The Visit Southampton website has plenty of information about these and future events taking place in Southampton.

Do you have a Southampton event you'd like to see on the Visit Southampton website? Read about how you can add your event.  

 

 

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Could you benefit from help from our Employment Support?

The council's Employment Support Team offers advice and support to people who are disabled or disadvantaged to find work or training, or helping them to get back in to work.

Listen to Jay's story in our short animation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jAEd3RfEU

 

 

 

Southampton Slamma Three

Sat 7 Sept / 10am - 6pm / Guildhall Square / Free

Events: Skate Southampton

Entering its third year, Southampton Slamma celebrates everything about skateboarding. The event is set to combine art displays, live music and super-fun skateboarding mini challenges. #Slamma3

Find out more >

 

 

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sept - Save the date

Heritage Open Days

You won't want to miss the many free activities as part of the Southampton Heritage Open Days next week. There's the Heritage Fayre at Westquay, free entry to Tudor House & Garden, heritage buses, free entry to Bursledon Brickworks and more!

Look out for more information next week's update


Creepy Crawlies  

Creepy Crawlies - pre - school wildlife group

Wednesdays - Autumn term - 18 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December - 10–11.30am

Explore the Common and its wildlife, with your child, at The Hawthorns’ pre-school wildlife group.

Creepy Crawlies is a pre-school group providing a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to enjoy and find out about the natural world on our doorstep.

For more information or to book your place visit our website:

https://www.southampton.gov.uk/people-places/parks-open-spaces/hawthorns/creepy-crawlies.aspx  

 

Southampton Parkrun

 

Southampton parkrun

Free weekly 5km timed run / Every Saturday /

9am - Southampton Common

What is Southampton parkrun? It's a 5km run - you against the clock.

It's free! but please registerbefore your first run. You only need to register with parkrun once.

Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won't get a time. For more information

 visit their websitehttps://www.parkrun.org.uk/southampton/ 

 

 

Get spooky this Halloween at Southampton's annual Pumpkin Hunt, hosted at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre.

 

Join us for a day full of guaranteed fun for the entire family – including the option to come "Styled to Scare" in your most frightening fancy dress!

 

This four hour event will allow thousands of residents to hunt the pumpkins hidden within the 92 acres at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre! You will be given your first clue at the spooky stall before it’s time to get hunting!

 

There will be a tombola held at the end of the Pumpkin Hunt (with all proceeds going towards our Special Olympics Solent appeal).

 

What to expect:

1. Pumpkin Hunt - follow the clues, find all the pumpkins and win prizes!

2. Ghost Jar - guess how many spooky sweets are in the ghost jar. Guess correctly and you'll win the whole jar of sweets!

3. Best Fancy Dress wins prizes!

4. Tombola prizes in aid of Special Olympics Solent!

 

Pre-Register here for just £1.50 per person

 

All ticket sales go to Special Olympics Solent who provide year round spots coaching and competition for those with learning disabilities. Pre-registering allows you to beat the queues and get hunting faster!

 

 

 

Walking to Wellbeing Southampton Schools

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