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Outlook
News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 11 Spring 2010
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Swap It and more

Woodbridge Swap It meets at Costa Coffee on the last Tuesday of alternate months (next meeting 30 April 7.00-9.00 pm). It has so far raised funds for St Elizabeth Hospice, Home-Start, Kyzone Playgroup, Babies and Birthing in East Suffolk (b.a.b.i.e.s.) and Costa Coffee Foundation. Swap It also has its own Facebook group – a great way of spreading the word and keeping people informed of Swap It meetings. We now have members from all over the world and they are using it to post news about their own Swap Its.

Swap It and b.a.b.i.e.s.

I have also been hosting regular Swap It parties for the b.a.b.i.e.s. group in Saxmundham (see www.babieseastsuffolk.org), which is attracting a strong following. Our aim is to help women and babies in East Suffolk have better birth experiences. We are also trying to raise enough money to train several local women to become doulas (carers who “mother the mother”), whereby b.a.b.i.e.s. pay for the training and then the women earn money by working as doulas with local women who cannot afford ante-natal or post-natal help. To train ten women, we need £3,500-£4,000. Anyone interested out there?

Two other initiatives which may interest Outlook readers:

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WALKING BUS

I initiated this scheme at my children's school and we currently have three routes running. For help in setting up a Walking Bus, contact the council or local police. Brightkidz website (www.brightkidz.co.uk) also offers useful information, and you can buy The Walking Bus Guide online from www.uk-energy-saving.com/walking_bus.html.

WHEAT (Woodbridge Healthy Eating & Trading)

This is part of Transition Town Woodbridge. People meet to order wholefood and groceries at wholesale prices from Suma Online Wholesale Shop (see www.sumawholesale.coop/). The orders are delivered to a single agreed pick-up point (usually a group member’s house), from where they can be collected. Find out more from Nigel McKean: mckean.nigel@googlemail.com or wheatcoop@googlemail.com.