We’re excited to officially announce that the Live Life Festival will be back on Saturday 6th July, 11am – 8pm. We’re working in partnership with My Life My Way to bring you the inclusive festival for the North-West and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better than before!
Pull on your blue suede shoes, sequined hotpants, kinky boots or even your raspberry beret for this years’ theme – the retro carnival!
With 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!
You can join the party early by sharing YOUR retro look on our Facebook page – you might even win best retro festival outfit on the day…
Tickets are just £5. You can buy yours online or call 01257 472 900 today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, but hurry, places do sell out fast.
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!
My Life members were delighted to experience the filming of Britain’s Got Talent in Manchester this month. Clearly far too talented to simply sit in the audience, our members were spotted not only by David Walliams but head judge Simon Cowell himself!
After he’d checked that the audience were all keen readers of his books, member Katie Hook waved her copy of Gangsta Granny at David Walliams and was immediately plucked out of the audience to have it signed.
Member Amy Galvin stood out from the crowd and had her hand shaken by Simon Cowell as he arrived. We were also asked to help out with a bit of filming – make sure you look out for the Cuban dancers – you might just spot us in the background!
With an exciting mix of performances and lots of red buzzer action, the whole day was a fantastic experience that everyone will remember for a long time to come. Based on this performance, we think our members will definitely be going far beyond the audition rounds!
It’s tough, it’s swampy, it’s back by popular demand – it’s Tough Swampy! If you’ve been waiting for us to announce it, you’ll be pleased to know that registration is now open for this very very muddy 5k fun run to be held 9am, Saturday 18th May 2019 at Chorley Panthers Rugby Club.
If YOU enjoy crawling under cargo nets, trudging through mud, wading through streams and more messy stuff, THIS is the event for you. The race is predominantly a run but covers public footpaths, wooded areas and of course, a swamp!
All money raised through the ticket price will go to My Life, so you won’t be getting swampy for nothing.
Tough Swampy costs £10 for adults and £6 for children (only children aged 8 or above can participate). Places are limited, buy yours online today before they sell out.
It’s really important that we’re all aware of the wonderful opportunities that the internet brings, but also its potential pitfalls, so that we can use it sensibly.
Internet Safety Day is a day dedicated to understanding how to stay safe on the internet. It’s promoted by the UK Safer Internet Centre and My Life are official supporters of the event.
The day itself was actually held on Tuesday 5th February, but don’t worry, My Life took part and we’re giving you access to a link below that has a whole host of useful information on how to stay safe.
As part of the day we promoted how to stay safe online through our learning programmes and gave our staff all the resources that they need to ensure their safety too.
Issues such as the type of information that you share on the internet and who you think you’re communicating with are all very relevant. If you’d like to find out more about how to help yourself and others stay safe, you can visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website for more information.
Here at My Life Learning we recognise how important it is that our learners get to develop vital life skills as they prepare for adulthood.
This month, nine of our students joined in a voluntary bag pack at Tesco in Hindley. A busy day was had by all as they bag packed at the checkouts, handed out pens to customers and stood at the entrance with their collection buckets.
The whole community experience was very positive and helped our learners develop valuable knowledge and skills that can be used in the workplace and will help to support the learners as they make their way out into the world.
We were really proud of the group, with some bravely conquering their initial worries and nerves to carry out their tasks. Every single member joined in and did their bit – they represented My Life impeccably!
Well done everyone! Until the next time…
On Monday 18th February our very own CEO Caroline Tomlinson and her son Joe featured in a BBC Breakfast special report.
The news feature was a result of a BBC investigation into care at home for adults with learning disabilities.
Caroline was interviewed about her experience of having a personal budget for her son Joe and how his care works well via a team of personal assistants which they employ through a Direct Payment.
However, Caroline explained that more government investment is needed so that councils are able to fund people who need support appropriately. She stated that they hadn’t had an increase in their budget for over 10 years which makes recruitment and retention more difficult, especially for those with complex needs.
“We know that many families struggle with the ongoing complexities of employing your own staff and thinking about who will do this when I’m no longer around, which is why we set up My Life – to help make sure that people get the care and support they deserve,” said Caroline.