Family Centre launches shelter-in-place series

  • Meaningful initiative: Martha Dismont, the executive director of Family Centre (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

    Meaningful initiative: Martha Dismont, the executive director of Family Centre (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)


Online classes offering “something for everyone” have been created to help small businesses while raising money for charity.

The “Sip” series, for shelter-in-place, was organised by Family Centre to help the community learn new skills while staying at home in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photography tips, cooking a perfect codfish breakfast, and flower arranging are among the first topics in the series, which starts on Thursday.

There is a minimum fee of $25 for the six 40-minute Zoom classes, with participants in the full series getting the sixth class free. All proceeds go to Family Centre’s therapeutic services for children and families.

Martha Dismont, the executive director of Family Centre, said the series offered “a meaningful way of taking care of yourselves”.

She added: “Through your participation, you are providing the means to help families to overcome challenges and become stronger.”

She said that although shelter-in-place had ended, the classes were a reminder of “what can be done in the comfort of your own home to enrich your life, and support vital charitable work”.

“Fundraising is difficult at this time for all charities. Family Centre has been blessed to have a group of committed individuals that work tirelessly to help raise funds that our organisation needs to continue to deliver therapeutic services and programmes to families free of charge.”

Classes start on Thursday at 5.30pm with Bermudian photographer Amanda Temple teaching the art of phone photography.

Maribeth Anderson, an organiser of the series, said the charity had set up its fundraisers earlier this year before the Covid-19 pandemic upended plans.

A coffee gathering on March 17 coincided with the launch of shelter-in-place.

The charity’s special events committee comprising Maribeth Anderson, Megan Boyle, Samantha Sangster, Georgia Benevides and Family Centre’s Hannah Collins and Thania Redman quickly went back to the drawing board.

Ms Anderson said they had to find new ways to generate “critical funds to help sustain programmes for our families”.

Ms Boyle said the classes gave the public a chance to learn from the safety of home.

She added: “In doing so, we are supporting small businesses by giving them a stage to share their talents while raising money for Family Centre.”

To register for the Sip Series, e-mail Hannah Collins at FundDevelopment@tfc.bm or register online on Family Centre’s website at https://www.tfc.bm/sipseries/, where all class offerings are listed. After selecting the classes you wish, you will be directed to the registration and payment page. Participants will receive a link to the Zoom session after registration. For more information, contact: funddevelopment@tfc.bm

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Published May 11, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm)

Family Centre launches shelter-in-place series

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