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The Stable Door Café is open!

The Stable Door Café is open!

We’re excited to announce that our new café, The Stable Door Café, is now open!

If you’re a fan of home cooked, locally sourced classics that will take you back to your childhood, you’ll definitely be a fan of The Stable Door Café!

From mouth-watering breakfasts to heart-warming soups, bloomer butties, afternoon teas and succulent Sunday roasts, the café is family friendly and has a children’s menu, as well as takeaway options.

Profits are reinvested into the work of My Life and with the café providing real life work experience to My Life’s members, it’s more than just the food that will make you feel good.

All delicious dishes are made from ingredients grown on My Life’s farm or sourced within a 20-mile radius, so you’ll know you’re buying local too and supporting local suppliers, from field to fork!

The Stable Door Café is now open Wednesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 3.30pm at My Life, Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Pepper Ln, Standish, Wigan WN6 0PP. 

We look forward to welcoming you in!

My Life is awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

My Life is awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We’re delighted to announce that My Life has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, which recognises outstanding work done in their own communities.

Nominated by their fellow volunteers to receive the award at Buckingham Palace were Eileen Cuerden who has tirelessly supported the charity from its very early days and Malcolm Barnes who has long inspired My Life’s members through his watercolour painting classes.

Chief Executive Caroline Tomlinson explained why Eileen and Malcolm had been chosen:

“We wanted Eileen and Malcolm to attend the awards reception because they have dedicated so much of their retired life to help others. They are fine exemplars of our older population who have contributed so much of their own skills, gifts and time to help people in a way that makes sense for them, yet have done it for no reward, but simply to enable others to enjoy and give people meaningful opportunities. This encapsulates what My Life is about.”

My Life is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

Martin Ainscough CBE DL, who nominated the charity for the award said:

“I am delighted that My Life has been awarded a well-deserved Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Caroline and her superb colleagues and volunteers are helping literally hundreds of people with additional needs to be involved in a fantastic mixture of therapeutic activities. The energy the team put into this every day is witnessed by the sheer amount of events and activities they organise and Judith and I are delighted to have helped them on the journey so far and I am sure they will continue to thrive. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all the team.”

My Life introduces the next Roald Dahl…

Roald Dahl, David Walliams and now – our very own Bradley Mirrelson! Inspired by his favourite authors, My Life Learning student Bradley Mirrelson has been hard at work writing and illustrating his very own stories.

This led to Mr Iain Pearson, the Headteacher of Wrightington Mossy Lea Primary School, hearing about Bradley and inviting him to meet the children and share his stories with them. Introduced as a writer and illustrator, Bradley shared his thoughts about being a writer and was grilled about his writing passion by some very eager children!

It seems that creativity is infectious and, fueled by their love of Bradley’s stories about main character Braxton, the class have decided to write their own stories and will send them to Bradley for his professional opinion – we think that this is the perfect ending to a perfect story!

All the world’s a stage? It is at My Life this summer!

This summer My Life has an eclectic mix of theatre shows for you to enjoy! Family and friends are all welcome to watch these three exciting productions, all devised and performed by My Life’s actors.

Romeo and Juliet – Monday 17th June 13:45-14:45

Starring the Monday afternoon comedy group, you’ll be wowed by our modern take on this Shakespearean text.

Singin in the Rain – Friday 28th June 13:45- 14:45

The Friday morning theatre group feature in an original adaptation of this popular bygone – who can forget Gene Kelly swinging his brolly around? It’s a classic.

Annie – Saturday 6th July 13:45-14:45

The Thursday morning musical theatre group bring this favourite to life. Watch as orphan Annie tries to make her way in the world and sing along to classics such as ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life.’

Don’t miss out – reserve your seat by emailing emma.moore@my-life.org.uk today.  All shows will be held in, or in front of the Dance and Drama Studio, My Life, Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Off Pepper Lane, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0PP.

The Life Life Festival is on the horizon! Get your ticket!

We’re so excited! The Live Life Festival is most definitely on the horizon and our line-up is all booked and ready to go!

Saturday 6th July, 11am – 8pm, you can enjoy live music on two stages, comedy tent, cabaret, theatre, festival crafts, trashion show, physical theatre, games, festival hair and make-up, circus, vintage vehicles, children’s shows, exhibitions, stalls and more, plus great names from the world of entertainment to rising stars, there’s something for everyone! 

Tickets are just £5. You can buy yours online or call 01257 472 900 today.

And if you’re an organisation that would like to showcase yourself to our vast festival audience, why not book a stall for just £20? You’ll also receive free entry for ten people. Contact us on 01257 472 900 or email info@my-life.org.uk

The festival will take place at My Life, Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Pepper Lane, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0PP and is brought to you by My Life, My Life My Way, Aviva and Fest For All. Come join the party!

Tough Swampy is this weekend!

Are you Tough Swampy enough?

A five kilometre (three mile) mud fun run starting and ending at the Chorley Panthers Rugby Club, Tough Swampy covers public footpaths, wooded areas and… a swamp! Last year was a blast and we’ve still got places left if you want to have some muddy fun with your friends!

The race is predominantly a run, however our friends in My Life’s Day Opportunities have been making a few obstacles you’ll have to navigate through! Fancy crawling under cargo nets, trudging through mud, walking in streams and more?

Tough Swampy takes place on Saturday 18th May and starts at 9am.

Tickets are just £10 for adults and £6 pounds for under sixteens. Buy your ticket here today!

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