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Millennium Park News... Heeley Hang

At the end of September we enjoyed one of the last days of late summer sun with our second Heeley Hang bouldering session.

With the support of local climbers Allen Williams and Marcin Botor, we welcomed dozens of children and their families in to the park to have a go at climbing either for the first time or to make use of the expert advice on hand to help build their skills. To add to the range of climbing shoes we have for people to borrow, we now also have our own crash pads to make the sessions safer and climbers feel more confident. We’ll be exploring ways of building on the success of these sessions for next year.

Heeley Park Team Member Profile: Matt Coatman – Volunteer

We are lucky to have a small, but very committed team of people working hard to make our park a great place to visit and a space to be proud of. One of those people is Matt, whose been volunteering his time and skills since January of this year.

Tell us about your role at HDT: I do business support for events, web development and publicity on How did you first get involved: My first contact with the Trust was for a booking for the Heeley Institute; later I enquired about volunteering as

a way of developing skills and getting work experience and up-to- date references. What do you enjoy the most from volunteering: The office environment is great – really welcoming and inclusive, and the office banter is often the best laugh I get all week. The guys who manage me as a volunteer are great about giving

We were joined by the Cycle Boost team running a Dr Bike maintenance workshop which local people utilised by bringing down their bikes for repairs and advice.

While we advise that climbers take care at all times when using the boulders, we do ask that extra care is taken during the

colder months as the

boulders can become slippery due to the rain and ice.

Above: Volunteer climber Marcin helping out.

me as much freedom or support as I need to work, and some really nice freebies – like entry to live music events, training courses, even a PTLLS teaching course at Level 4 (that’s foundation degree level); altogether a top place to work. What’s your favourite thing about Heeley Park: The park is kind of magical; I think it’s the beautiful stonework blending into the trees and the green landscape – it feels like a little Stonehenge.

Heeley Park Website Now Live! The Heeley Park team have been busy over the past few months building the website which we are now feeling fairly pleased with!

To find out all about the history of the park, events, stories, photos, video clips and more visit and sign up for our bi-annual park newsletter.

Above: Volunteer Matt Coatman

Help Us To Keep Our Volunteers Warm & Dry We need waterproof jackets and trousers, and sturdy work boots, for our volunteers when working outdoors in

wet weather. If you have any old or unwanted items that you think we could make use of then please get in touch! Contact Dominic French, Parks Supervisor, on 07718 221033.

For information about any of the events detailed on these pages contact Bev Nunn at Heeley Development Trust, on 250 0613 or email 0114 250 0613 Issue 59 December 2013 New Heeley Voice 7

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