December 2019

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November 2019

You're invited to our End of Year Party 2019! By Becky, Catrin and Kayleigh

Contact us:

01934 707340

for more information and to buy your tickets!

As well as being a great opportunity for our staff and students to celebrate their hard work and engage in the local community, this event will also help us in our final push in fundraising for the development of our new industrial kitchen.

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October 2019

Reach Opportunity Centre raises £1043.37 for Macmillan Cancer Support 


The students and staff at the Reach Opportunity Centre would like to say a very


for your support at this years Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 27th September 2019.


Our final total was an outstanding £1043.37 and we had fantastic support from the local community.


The students, staff and volunteers worked really hard to make sure everyone had a great time and there was plenty of tea, coffee, cake, games and chatting.


We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without your generous support, your wonderful donations of prizes and giving up your valuable time on the day.

All proceeds will go towards funding Macmillan’s vital work, providing cancer information and support and will help millions of people touched by cancer to not face this awful disease alone.


£231 funds a Macmillan nurse for one day and we are proud of our contribution towards this this year.


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Macmillan Coffee Morning Save the Date- 27.09.19

by by Becky, Connor and Kayleigh



The Reach Opportunity Centre will be holding their annual Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 27th September from 10am.


Macmillan raised £26,914,382 in 2018. Reach Opportunity Centre raised £875


This year we have a pamper hamper which includes a spa voucher with cream tea from Beauty Oasis Spa and Strawberry Line Tea Rooms Winscombe.

Get your raffle tickets in advance or on the day for a chance to WIN!


There will be lots of fun, games and competitions to make sure

It’s a great day for for everyone


Watch this space!

June 2019

Congratulations to Charlotte and Tom

by Becky, Catrin, Jenny, Rhianna and Tyler

On the 29th May 2019, our wonderful Manager of the Reach Centre, Charlotte travelled to Croatia to marry her prince charming Tom.


Whilst they were away the students and staff got very busy designing a traditional wedding cake. The ingredients were currants, sultanas, raisins, cherries, mixed peel, almonds, lemon rind, plain flour, orange rind, mixed spice, cinnamon, butter, soft brown sugar, eggs and brandy.


We covered the cake with marzipan and then royal icing; we then decorated the cake with fondant icing flowers.

We also made a mug and a cushion with wedding photos on them.

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May 2019

Thank You Thatchers Foundation Trust

By Becky, Kayleigh and Catrin



On the 8th of May 2019 Anne Thatcher presented the Reach Opportunity centre with a generous cheque for £2,500.

This will go towards our new industrial kitchen installation to help our student develop their skills and gain transferable work related skills.


Anne Thatcher and Phil Smith (Thatchers Foundation Trustee) kindly visited the Reach Centre and joined the students in the garden for a photo shoot whilst presenting the cheque.

The students had a great time, and everyone was super excited to receive the donation.


Once again The Reach Opportunity Centre would like to express their appreciation for this very generous donation.

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Vote Now

By Dawn, Jenny and Kayleigh

Reach opportunity centre are still fundraising for our brand new industrial Startucks kitchen. Calor are running a voting competition for a prize of £5000 which reach opportunity centre are a part of.















 Please vote for us at using your emailaddress. Once registered then search reach opportunity centre.

Voting for projects will open from 2nd may to 17th June.



January 2019

Winscombe community singers raise £635 for new industrial kitchen at the reach centre by Brandon, Catrin & Jenny

The community singers sang Christmas carols at St James’ church in Winscombe on Tuesday 11th December.

Dorothy and Scott form Winscombe community singers came to reach opportunity centre to present the students with a cheque for £635!

The group was started as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and they meet every week in the community centre in Winscombe. The group sings songs from shows, pop music and also classical.

The Reach Centre would like to thank Winscombe community singers for the money raised towards their new industrial kitchen!

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December 2018

Reach Christmas Fair 2018

After an incredible amount of work, on Friday 7th December, the Reach students and staff held their annual Christmas Fair at the Reach Opportunity Centre. There were many exciting stalls and games including a raffle, tombola, hoopla, drinks and mince pies, handmade gifts and cards, stick the star on the tree and many more.

Wincombe Community Singers also supported us and arrived festively to sing a number of Christmas carols.

The fair was well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

An amazing total of £920 was raised and this will go towards the development and installation of our new industrial kitchen.


The students and staff would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all of your support and to the local companies who donated some amazing raffle prizes (The Grand Pier W-S-M, Clip N Climp W-S-M, Chops Salon Cheddar, The Wheatsheaf Inn Stone Allerton, Hoods Archery Weare and many more!). We couldn't do it without you!

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September 2018

Article 20: A very big thank you to Cheddar Vale lions club and Cheddar Short mat bowls. By Becky, Catrin and Dawn.

Cheddar Vale lions club have kindly donated £200 to the Reach Opportunity centre.


Cheddar Short mat bowls and the Scott family have also kindly donated £150 to the Reach Opportunity centre.


The students and staff at the Reach opportunity centre would like to say a big thank you for donating the money to us. The money will be going towards our new industrial Startucks kitchen!

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August 2018

Article 19: Waitrose Community Matters Green Tokens Cheque Presentation. By Becky, Catrin and Kayleigh.

Waitrose in Weston-Super-Mare kindly chose us to be part of their community matters. Over a period of one month customers were given green tokens to put in a community matters box of their choice. 


At the end of the month we received a phone call from Waitrose to say that we were this month’s community matters winners!

On the 24th July 2018 Jill, Becky, Catrin, Alice and Connor went to Waitrose for the cheque presentation. At the event we were presented with a giant plastic cheque for £536.00!!


We would to say a very big thank you to Waitrose in Weston-Super-Mare for us be a part of their community matters and raising money for our new kitchen.

Article 18: Macmillan Cancer Support. By Becky, Lulu and Shola

The Reach Opportunity Centre is proud to support Macmillan


On the 28th of September 2018 the students and staff of the Reach Opportunity Centre will be hosting a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.


The reach Centre news group has been researching Macmillan support. The news group came up with three questions.


Please see below the questions and answers.


Question 1.

Who are Macmillan?



Macmillan are cancer support


Question 2.

What do Macmillan do?



Macmillan nurses help with the medical needs of people affected by Cancer. Macmillan campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan’s goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.


Question 3.

How we can help?



We can hold a Macmillan Coffee morning.



Here are some of our ideas for our Macmillan Coffee morning.


1. Make and sell cakes

2. Raffle

3. Tombola

4. Make Bird houses to sell

5. Make Jewellery to sell

6. Guess the name of the teddy bear

7. The winner bakes it all

8. Guess the size of the veggie roll

9. Stick the cherry on the cake

10. Donation Buckets

11. Win a bottle, Hoopla

12. Guess how many sweets are in the jar.



Please support us to raise money for Macmillan by coming along to our coffee morning on


June/July 2018

Article 17: Fab news By Becky,Tyler, Lulu & Catrin

Winscombe Community singers have decided to hold their annual Christmas concert in aid of Reach!!!!!


We are fundraising for our new industrial kitchen and our Fabulous Becky, who also sings with the choir, has kindly put us forward!!!!


The concert is on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at around 7.30pm- this time will be confirmed at a later date.


The concert will be held at St James church in Winscombe.


Please keep looking at our website for updates about the concert.


Article 15:  Exciting news!!!!! We have a new student at Reach By Becky,Kayleigh and Catrin



We are pleased to have Dawn at Reach. We hope she is enjoying herself at Reach.

We do lots of good things at Reach: Animal care, cooking, tuck shop, maintenance, bookers,banking,shopping, life skills, art, gardening, jewellery and lots of other good things. We have lots of fun at Reach. We hope Dawn enjoys doing all of these.

We asked Dawn a few questions.

Are you enjoying coming to reach?

Yes I love it.

Are you good at doing your jobs?

Yes I am

What is your favourite thing at Reach?

I love it so much



This year we have been working hard in the reach garden.

We have been growing






Runner Beans,









Sweet corn,






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Article 14: A huge THANK YOU to Lenny's Cafe

By Becky, Jenny & Lulu.

We would like to say a very big THANK YOU for the wonderful donation of £300 that Lenny's Cafe donated to the Reach Opportunity Centre. The money will go towards a new industrial kitchen for Startucks and will allow us to cook more food and have more room to make things. Here are some messages from staff and students:

"I feel very happy" Connor

"It's going to be fabulous, thank you so much!" Catrin

"I feel happy, thank you for the money." Rhianna

"Quite good. Thank you" Tyler

"I am very excited as we are getting closer and closer to our new kitchen- a huge thank you Lenny's Cafe" Becks

Article 13:Great news! Jon has passed his driving test!!!!! BY Becky, Catrin and Jenny.


Everyone at reach is proud to announce that Jon has passed his driving test!


We look forward to him driving us to cinema!