You’re never too old to make a positive change in your life, and there’s lots going on in Tadcaster that can help you begin to make that change while also having some fun! New Year’s resolutions don’t have to always be about losing weight or getting fit. Here are just a few ideas.
1. Enrol on a WEA adult learning class
WEA is a national charity that provides affordable adult learning courses in local communities and is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. Not only can you learn about history, modern languages and personal development skills but you can make new friends, widen your horizons and build your confidence to take a rewarding part in other community activities. Many people who claim Jobseeker’s Allowance are eligible for free courses. You can enrol or find out more by visiting
www.wea.org.uk or calling 0300 303 3464.
2. Join the U3A
If you are retired you might like to join in one of the activities being set up by the newly formed Tadcaster and Villages U3A. They meet up on the third Monday of the month at 1pm in The Barn or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
3. Give back to support young people
Tadcaster has many youth organisations who depend on adult volunteers as well as children to provide a wealth of activities and opportunities for young people. Perhaps you once benefitted from such organisations like the Brownies, Guides, Cubs or Scouts. Just up the road there’s the 2434 Squadron Church Fenton Air Cadets. There are also youth groups that focus on helping children with physical or learning difficulties such as Stingrays at the Swimming Pool or Spectrum at The Barn. If you have children maybe you could stay with them at their club occasionally and share their fun.
4. Get active
You don’t have to be a world-class cyclist or premiership footballer to take part in sport in Tadcaster, although we have had a few of those recently. We are lucky enough to have a great community swimming pool, which relies on volunteer support, and a leisure centre which offers a wide range of activities including football. If dancing is more your thing then you could try one of the classes at the Riley Smith Hall.
5. Become more environmentally and community aware
There are a number of recycling points around Tadcaster as well as the big one in the trading estate and Sainsbury’s. Tadcrafters collect “gently used” bras, Costcutter collects shoes, and Simply a Party collects postage stamps. If you are guilty of dropping litter or not picking up your dog’s waste, there will be many people who would benefit from you stopping this habit in 2020!
6. Take an interest
Tadcaster Local History Society meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Meetings are always very well attended because the talks are interesting and informative.
7. Shop locally
We have some fantastic local independent businesses in Tadcaster. Have you visited them all to find out what’s on your doorstep? As a community we need to support them.
8. Get Help
If you are struggling to find motivation, perhaps a friendly chat with the people at Stepping Stone might be able to point you in the right direction.
Find out more information about the activities in Tadcaster from the Ark, Stepping Stone in Kirkgate or The Barn on St. Joseph’s Street.
For more information on some of the initiatives, visit www.tadcastertowncouncil.gov.uk, www.tadcasterbarn.co.uk, www.tadcasterpool.org.uk, www.rileysmithhall.org.uk