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Well, it’s nearly here! Our 4th Lone Parent Fair is next Saturday, 13th May, 10.30 – 1.30 @ St James’ Church. Come early to book appointments in the Pamper Parlour and Creche. We hope you have a truly blessed time. Check out our FB page for more details.

We had a fabulous Easter Retreat @ Longmead to follow on from our New Year Retreat @ The Greenhouse. Emily Bradbury led a Live Life Loved Breathing Space while The Little Creche looked after the children. It was a truly beautiful weekend. Thank you to all the SMILE team who made it possible, and thank you so much to The Greenhouse for blessing us with a wonderfully restful retreat.

Our Easter Retreat @ Longmead Community Farm gave us another opportunity for a pottery workshop, feeding the animals, activities and unexpected sunshine, especially for Julie! And the rest of us too of course! :-) Once again, thank you to the fabulous Longmead staff & SMILE Team.

These retreats are now possible thanks to a grant of £1,600 from Salisbury Diocese, for which we are so thankful.

As sad as the circumstances are in which we meet families, it’s been so lovely to have a few new connections. Every parent and child brings something new to the SMILE community, which loves to be connected to the community as a whole.

Our move of SMILE It’s Friday! to The Spire has gone really smoothly, and has seen our attendance nearly double! Between 10-15 families are coming each session, and not every family is coming every time. Thank you to The Spire for enabling our move more into the town centre, and we hope to see more families from Old Town.

Summer dates: 
19th May, 9th & 23rd June, 7th July & 21st July
Mikala’s monthly Intergenerational Community Meal at St Philips, is growing in numbers and has a beautiful atmosphere as the older generation become like grandparents to the children and parents. Thank you Mikala for all your hard work and dedication and thank you to Terri of the Friendly Food Club for feeding so many people with delicious food at the community meals in West Howe and Poole.

The Community Meals take place on the last Friday of each month, the next few dates are:
26th May, 30th June, 28th July, 25th August

Another West Howe date – SMILE WHK Pamper Day: Mikala will also be creating her own Pamper Day in West Howe, Sat 28th 11am-3pm, save the date. Details to follow.
All of SMILE’s work is made possible through various charitable trust grants and donations. We’re thrilled to have received £5k from a new funding source, The Clara Burgess Fund. Thank you.
 
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Donations can still be made through our localgiving page at http://localgiving.com/charity/smileconnect

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