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THANK YOU for your support at the Mill Road Winter Fair 2017


The Castle Service team of both clients and staff held a very successful stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair on 2nd December. We held a raffle as well as other activities and giveaways and received huge support from the local community, raising over £350! Thank you to everyone who came to say hello and support our stall.

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Sparks November 2017

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Winter Fair – Saturday 2nd December 2017

10850105_806221162771385_4408506198592644720_nAfter great success at previous fairs, Castle Service is planning to hold a stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair this year. This should be a great opportunity to interact with the local community, raise awareness of young people in supported housing and enjoy the winter sunshine.

Please come and find us for a chat!


Buildings in Bloom

In the summer of 2014 Richmond Fellowship ran their Buildings in Bloom competition which involved breathing new life into neglected spaces across the organisation.

A project was started up with our staff and service users at one of our properties in Cambridge. The aim was to tidy up and brighten the garden area. Each service user was allocated a space to create their own mural.

We are pleased to announce Castle Service was awarded a ‘highly commended honour’, winning a prize of £50!

Congratulations to all those who took part!

Return of “Rough Guide”

Castle Service provides supported housing to young people in Cambridge and is pleased to announce that Rough Guide returns this Autumn with an exciting programme of workshops for young people who want to develop independence skills in a relaxed and and creative group.

Workshops can cover subjects like moving on from home or from supported housing, health and money matters, with opportunities to explore work, leisure, education or training opportunities.

People on the last programme chose workshops in cooking, tai chi, handling debt, moving into supported housing and photography, but each programme is different because it is designed by participants.

The Autumn programme will last 8 weeks take place in venues around central Cambridge and runs Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm.


Summer Picnic 2014

In July people living and working in Castle housing along with recent leavers met for a picnic at Coleridge Rec. It was a chance to catch-up in the sunshine and play a bit of football!! Castle hopes to have an event each year where people who have moved-on can get together and keep in touch.


Castle Service, Mill Road Bridge, Cambridge and the Olympic Torch

To celebrate the processsion of the Olympic torch down Mill Road in Cambridge on 7 July 2012, Castle Service revisits the re-painting of Mill Road Bridge by its young people in July 2006.

Along with the original press release, we are putting loads of new photos of the murals being painted onto the bridge on our website.  


The painting of Mill Road Bridge – 18 August 2006

Mill Road Bridge has been re-painted after 10 years by young people from the Castle Project (Richmond Fellowship) and the Cambridge Youth Foyer (English Churches Housing).

Young people from both services entered a design competition and the winners were chosen by members of the public on Mill Road back in July.  Both the winning designs focus on diversity – it was felt in the Mill Road area there is a large multi-cultural community which should be celebrated.

Sally Parkinson (project organiser) has lived in the Romsey area for the last 10 years and felt that the bridge was a great landmark and a focus point for the area and that it needed new art work that reflected the community.

Sharon Kaur, one of the artists, got the idea for her design from all the different nationalities that live together along Mill Road.  She said ‘I believe that sometimes people see too much into things rather than thinking about what’s happening in other parts of the world.  Look at life on Mill Road, there is no racism and no chaos.  There’s no point panicking because we are a community and we can live together in peace.’

Gemma Crabtree said about her design ‘I just wanted to paint something that people saw in the morning on their way to work that would make them smile.’

The young people have been painting the bridge over the last 2 weeks with the support of local artist, Joe Buffery (Arts and Learning).  Jo said ‘We started with 2 strong designs, but it’s been fabulous work that has seen them successfully transferred onto the bridge.’

Sally Parkinson acknowledged ‘We have had great support from local businesses down Mill Road who have supplied the work team with lunches.  Johnstones Leyland donated all the paint needed to paint the bridge and Travis Perkin also supplied free materials.  The council have also been very supportive.  Adrian Morre from Streetscene helped with the cleaning and preparation of the bridge and Stephen McGuire (Highway Maintenance) supplied us with all the paint brushes.  The Project has been a great success and the team have been so dedicated to making the bridge look splendid – it looks fantastic.’

Simon Alcock, Manager of Cambridge Youth Foyer applied for a £500 grant from the Cambridge City Council to help fund this project.

Mill Road Bridge, Cambridge before the face lift 

Esther having fun!

And there ends the tale of the re- painting of Mill Road Bridge, Cambridge by the young people of the Castle Service.

Friendship Theatre Project performs

Castle Service and Friendship Theatre Project  join forces to perform ‘Tales of Friendship’ on Saturday 23 July.

Global Bridge Performance

Castle Service, a community support and  supported housing provider for young people based in Cambridge, teams up again with the Global Bridge Theatre Project for another creative extravaganza of a performance.  The show will be performed on Friday 25 March from 8.00pm until 9pm at the Round Church, Cambridge.

It will be a culmination of two months of workshops exploring different types of creative expression from all over the world.  This has included Samba music, African drumming , music and drawing, Bollywood dance and music, montage and story telling and an outing to the theatre to see ‘Tales from a Sea Journey’ at the Junction.

This week there will be two rehearsals at the Round Church, leading up to the Performance on Friday night.  After the show there will be a post project meeting on Tuesday 29 March.  if you want more detailed information contact Cathy at Castle Service.

Self Directed Support

From April 2011, Self Directed Support will go live for people with mental health problems in the Cambridge area.

Self Directed Support means that people can be in control of the support that they need to live their lives in the way that they chose. It comes from the belief that people know their own needs best and what services can best meet these needs. In the old system professionals made most of the decisions about the support people could have and who should provide it, but Self Directed Support will allow people the chance to manage their own Personal Budget and receive Direct Payments to pay for the support or things they need, if they chose to.

Richmond Fellowship (Castle Service) is holding a workshop on 11 March 2011 for Care Coordinators who work in mental health. We want to share our experience of personalisation in other parts of the country with examples of the positive differences Self Directed Support can make to people’s lives.  We want to work with care coordinators to make SDS a reality for service users in the Cambridge area, and particularly to think about the needs of younger people.

Castle Service already supports a number of young people with packages of Social Care funding. The workshop will also provide an opportunity find out more about the range of support currently on offer at Castle including:

  • Intensive support when moving from home, hospital or a residential placement
  • Someone to talk to, advocacy and accompanying
  • Out of hours emergency support
  • Help with managing medication, appointments and forms
  • Help around the home including with cooking and cleaning
  • Support to get to and manage college
  • Arts Award
  • Rough Guide Course
  • Global Bridge Theatre Group
  • Drop-ins, sports and social activities with peers
  • Access to and support with IT

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