We warmly welcome you to join us for friendship, fun and fundraising. We have a wide range of activities, including various interest groups that meet weekly, bi-monthly or monthly depending on the activity, monthly general meetings that feature a variety of guest speakers and other events. Within these activities we incorporate fundraising to benefit a local charity, which is chosen annually by our members.
The best way to get to know other members and develop new skills and interests is to join one or more of our interest groups. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are a novice or highly experienced. These activities may change depending on the interests of current members. Members can suggest ideas for future activities or start a new interest group should they have an interest that is not currently addressed.
Monthly meetings with entertaining, thought-provoking speakers and other events take place in Northwood at St John's United Reformed Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1DN. Our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month from September through June, doors open at 9.30am.
To keep our members safe and comply with government restrictions, all of our 2020/21 meetings were held online and our members enjoyed numerous private virtual tours and online talks. However, our walking groups were able to continue as and when government rules allowed, and we were able to have one outing after the restrictions eased on 17 May. We're hoping and planning to meet in person when we resume our regular programme of activities in September. Of course, that is subject to government rules.
The meeting dates for 2021/22 are as follows.
Each year NAWC selects a local charity and raises funds to assist their work. These funds are raised at various club events and activities throughout the year. Some of those we have raised money for in the past are Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Charitable Trust, the Michael Sobell Hospice and the RNIB Sunshine House School, all of which are based in Northwood.
Last year our charity was Hillingdon Women's Centre. Based in Uxbridge, HWC provides much-needed services to vulnerable women within the local community. The charity is open to women aged 18 and over with any issue, and the greatest demand is for services relating to domestic abuse, housing/homelessness, mental health, poverty and isolation.
Our charity for 2021/22 is Mission EmployAble. This registered charity aims to train people with learning difficulties, employing some and helping others to find work so they can lead fulfilled lives and contribute to their communities. A new purpose built pavilion on the Chorleywood Cricket Club site is in process, in which Mission EmployAble aims to run a new training cafe / tea room for cricketers and the community.
The money that NAWC raises over the coming year will help Mission EmployAble to outfit the cafe / tea room and provide funds to support the training program.