Events at The Brink
There’s always something going on at The Brink…
Our programme of entertainment and events includes all sorts… We bring you great live music, poetry, plays, performances and open mic evenings. We even roll out the big screen to show local football matches!
Best of all, entry to most of our events is totally free (but we’ll always be sure to let you know if there’s any charge for special events!).
SATURDAYS, 11am - 12noon
FOOTBALL TEAM - TRAINING
Join our trophy winning football team! Get in touch if you want to play for Boys from the Brink, or even if you just want to train. 11-a-side games and tournaments with other recovery related organisations.
SUNDAYS, 6pm – 7pm
Brazilian martial arts right here at Brink! Combining dance, acrobatics and music, CAPOEIRA will be free for all who attend and open to all levels of capability.
Please note Capoeira not on July 3rd or 17th.
EVERY SECOND SUNDAY, 2pm – 3.30pm
WALKING GROUP (informal)
Clients and service users are welcome to join Paula on the weekly walk…great way to exercise, burn calories, or even just connect, chat with others and take in some fresh air and city sights.
GUITAR (lessons £5)
6.30pm - 8pm GUITAR LESSONS - Intermediate
Also, Advanced runs on TUESDAYS from 6.30pm - 8pm.
Also, Beginners runs on THURSDAYS from 6.30pm - 8pm.
Book at The Brink, on Facebook with Robert Cunliffe, or Tel 0151 703 0584 and reserve a place. All lessons £5. NB no classes on 17/18 April
MONDAYS, STARTING 10 July
"CUT IT OUT" - Stained Glass Cutting Workshop, a project by People Help People
A professional craftsman will deliver a series of sessions introducing participants to the art and craftsmanship of stained glass. At the end of the project everyone will have crafted their own piece.
Participants can use this class as a medium for looking at their own lives and ways of how support and various strategies can be applied to ensure that a positive state of mind and well-being is developed and sustained through focus, commitment and positive work in relation to their personal circumstances, all in a supportive environment.
MONDAYS, 12noon - 3pm
All manner of assistance and information on how to apply for housing, ESA, JSA, DLA, Council Tax, Bedroom Tax and much much more... FREE SERVICE!
WEDNESDAYS, 10am - 12pm
Learn about nature, how to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers in our Brink GARDEN & ALLOTMENT. It’s free exercise and it’s therapeutic. From this we are aiming to grow Brink community that shares different skills, crafts and ideas each time we meet up.
WEDNESDAYS, 14.30 – 16.00
ART WORKSHOP - COURAGE TO CHANGE (MEDITATIVE DOODLING)
A great continuation of our previous Art Workshop, where people with all levels of ability can come and spend some time creating something of their own choice, with some guidance from our resident art tutor Kim Eaton. The classes have proved to be therapeutic as well as a place for people to develop their artistic tendencies. (n.b. this is weekly, but currently postponed until 26th October as our tutor is away until then.)
WEDNESDAYS, 5.30pm – 8pm
R.A.P - RECOVERY ASPIRATION PROJECT
Our fantastic new employment drop in service is back folks. A free service that helps with volunteering, CVs, training, finding employment, current vacancies, interviews and much more! With Cathy Clements, our careers guidance worker.
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY (Monthly), 12noon - 2pm
We have partnered with Samaritans in Liverpool and will be hosting their services from now on. Sometimes our problems can lead us to self harm or to think life isn’t worth living anymore. If you just want someone to talk to, who won’t judge, then Samaritans can offer that service. If you would prefer to talk on the phone you can call (free) 116 123.
EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY (Monthly), 4pm – 6pm
NVC WORKSHOP (Nonviolent Communication)
The pioneering work of Marshall B. Rosenberg transforms the thinking, language and moralistic judgments into one which enriches the relationships you dream of, whilst teaching you how to resolve conflict with ease and get what you want and need without using demands. We advise you are familiar with the book first, which can be purchased on Amazon.
WEDNESDAYS, 6.45pm – 7.45pm (starting on June 21st, free taster on June 14th)
TAI CHI (with Angela Howarth, £25
Tai Chi is one of the most ancient of martial arts. Of Chinese origin, it has been practiced for thousands of years in the east, all with a view to harmonising the internal energy system and creating a higher level of wellbeing. A slow, graceful practice yet one full of intent and purpose, it will be taught by none other than Angela Howarth – an international champion in this field. NB Part way through six-week course at the moment, but will be regular from late August.
THURSDAYS, 12noon – 2pm
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
A group for anyone affected by a loved one’s misuse of alcohol or drugs. The group offers a safe space in which family members can speak openly, with the support of our Family Group Facilitator. Help, education, support and understanding all available.
THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 5pm - 8pm
D-PASS (Drug Pre-abstinence Support Service)
Drug use become problematic? Thinking of becoming abstinent? Please get in touch for 1:2:1 counselling provided by Level 4 counselling students.
FRIDAYS, 09.00 – 10.00
A weekly meditation group to get your Friday, your morning and your whole weekend off to a more blissful start. Free of charge and run by Carl from The Brink.
FRIDAYS, 3pm - 4pm
A free Yoga class for service users and people in recovery. A great way to achieve balance in both body and mind. Stretch away those strains and stresses and detox in the process. Many health benefits over time. No set fee but donations welcome. There are limited places due to demand, please get in touch to book and/or go on the list.
BRINK REGULARS AND WEEKLIES:
FRIDAY 7th July, 4pm - 5pm
The Learning Trust will be here in morning with our clients, hoping to address the stereotypical views we have about Maths and show how it can really help with our everyday lives; working out budgets, benefits, cooking and much more. There will be a QUIZ for anyone looking for a bit of afternoon fun!
For more information Please call Tracy on 07701 098784 or speak to Dave at the Brink 0151 703 0582.
WEDNESDAY 12th July, 4pm – 6pm
NVC WORKSHOP (Nonviolent Communication) - The work of pioneer Marshall B. Rosenborg
Misunderstanding, frustrations, anger, depression and sometimes violence can ensue when we communicate with judgement.
Misunderstanding, frustrations, anger, depression and sometimes violence can ensue with this approach. NVC transforms the thinking, language and moralistic judgments into one which enriches the relationships you dream of, whilst teaching you how to resolve conflict with ease and get what you want and need without using demands. Importantly it teaches us to hear the needs of others too.
These workshops are the first of its kind in Liverpool, where we aim to practise the ground-breaking techniques pioneered by Marshall B. Rosenberg. CRISIS is a fantastic charity that does a lot to support homeless and vulnerable people in Liverpool.
It’s very much worth getting hold of a copy of the book first. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nonviolent-Communication-Language-Marshall-Rosenberg/dp/1892005034
SUNDAY 16th July, 7pm – 9pm
Soup, Song and Standup
A superb evening and fitting way to end your weekend. LIVE MUSIC from Jazamin Sinclair, tunes from our SS&S resident DJ Aaron Ellis, all with the aim of providing support to our homeless community. The title says it, yes there will be soup for all! FREE evening.
SATURDAY 29 JULY, 7pm – 10pm
We welcome back the good folk from Bistro Theatre – LIVERPOOL PLAYWRIGHTS, for a magical night of LIVE performance on the Brink stage. Six short plays written by Liverpool’s hottest up and coming talent. Ticket price includes a Brink prepared CURRY! ONE NIGHT ONLY! GET YOURSELVES DOWN THERE! £10.
‘Internal Meditation’ QIGONG
Eight-week course ‘The Microcosmic Orbit’ starts in August (date tbc)
If you would like to get to know your ‘Chi,’ learn how to harness and manipulate it for better health in body and mind, this course is for you.
Qigong is usually a moving practice but there are variations. ‘Nei Dan’ Qigong is an inner body practice. Until recent decades this was reserved for the members of the Chinese aristocracy and nobility, such is its proficiency.
It will be taught by none other than Jim Macritchie (Personal Energy Centre). Amongst many other achievements, Jim was Founding President of The Acupuncture Association of Colorado, and of The National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association USA. He has trained in China, presented and taught his work internationally, and has written a trilogy of books on Chi Kung for major publishers. In May 2013 he returned to his home town of Liverpool.
Jim’s achievements, and many of his books on the subject, can be accessed and downloaded from his website.
Jim’s fascinating story can be accessed via this link: Discovering Chi. Please look out for details of the programme and pricing starting in August. Any questions please get in touch.