MP to launch Desford Good Neighbours
Launch event open for all to attend
Local MP David Tredinnick will be one of the guests attending the January launch of the Desford Good Neighbour Scheme. The scheme is based in the Parish of Desford and will also serve Botcheston and Newtown Unthank. Desford Village Hall will host the launch on Saturday, January the 25th, from 11am to 1pm. The whole community is invited to come along for coffee and cake and a chance to meet the volunteers, find out more about the scheme and learn how they might be able to make use of the scheme themselves.
Desford Good Neighbours are a group of local volunteers who will be aiming to offer short term help to the whole community, typically around the house and garden, along with assistance with transport and shopping. They will also aim to promote friendship and neighbourliness within the local community.
Members of the community who may wish to make use of the services available will be able to contact one of the telephone co-ordinators to discuss their particular needs. They will then be contacted by an appropriate volunteer to arrange the individual assistance required. The scheme volunteers will have undergone induction training to ensure that they are fully prepared for all that will be involved and that they understand the limitations on the assistance which they are able to provide. Volunteers will also have been DBS checked.
In setting up the scheme, the steering committee is grateful for the financial assistance received from Leicestershire County Council, by way of a Big Society Grant, and also from Bosworth Community Forum.
MP helps to launch Desford Good Neighbours
Bosworth MP David Tredinnick was in Desford to help launch the Desford Good Neighbours Scheme on Saturday 25th January.
Mr Tredinnick joined nearly 100 local residents and local Borough and County Councillors to celebrate the launch of the scheme which will serve the Desford Parish, including Botcheston, Kirby Grange, Newtown Unthank as well as Desford.
County Councillor David Sprason, Borough Councillors Ruth Camamile, and Brian Sutton were joined by St Martins Rector Rev Tom Ringland, Desford Free Church Minister Rev David Alderson, and Local Community Policeman Sean Hannigan in supporting the launch. Also present was Gwen Griffiths, Chair of a very successful good neighbours scheme run in the Rutland village of Whissendine.
Locally trained volunteers are joining together to provide short term help for villagers who need assistance for things such as shopping, transport, befriending, various support around the house and garden and dog walking in the case of illness or injury.
Desford Good Neighbours has received generous support from Leicestershire County Council through the Big Society Grant and also from the Bosworth Community Forum, and a donation from Desford Community Action Group, and Desford based Caterpillar Care Society.
David Tredinnick cut the celebration cake and wished the scheme well. “This is an excellent initiative taken by local residents to give something back to the community where they live. It’s a great way to help others”
Desford Good Neighbours Chairman, Kathy Hamilton thanked all the volunteers and those who have helped to set up the Scheme. Everyone has worked hard to get everything ready with over 50 people agreeing to be available to offer help. We are looking forward to getting things under way.
Good Neighbours 1st Birthday
The Desford Good Neighbour Scheme is approaching its first birthday and to celebrate we will be holding a tea party at Bosworth Academy on Monday January 26 from 3.30, in the main hall. The event is a joint venture with the Academy, with the students supplying refreshments and entertainments, and is open to all. Please come along.
After the tea party, at about 5.00, we will be holding our first AGM. We don’t anticipate that this will take too long, the whole event will finish at 5.30, but it will include the formal election of our Senior Officers. Our Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary who were all volunteers for the first year of operation and all have indicated that they are willing to continue to serve for the next year, if elected. They have been formally nominated and seconded but other nominations from parish residents, would be welcomed and, where necessary, a ballot will be held with the results being announced at the AGM.
Nomination forms can be downloaded here: Election Nomination Form and there will also be forms to pick-up from Desford Library. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 10 December. Details of the nomination process are on the form.
Should an election be required, this will headlined on the website along with details of how to obtain ballot papers. The closing date to receive completed ballot papers will be Wednesday 21 January.
Should you wish to come along to the tea party but require transport, please contact one of the co-ordinators on the scheme mobile (07443 640611). Be prepared to leave a message if the line is busy. The co-ordinator will call you back and match you to a volunteer who will get in touch with you.
We extend a welcome to everyone and look forward to meeting many new friends on the 26th.
Good Neighbours Celebrate First Anniversary
On the 26th of January, Desford Good Neighbours held a tea party to celebrate the first anniversary of the scheme which was launched in January 2014. The event was held at Bosworth Academy as an initial joint venture with the Academy and its students. The whole community was invited for teatime refreshments and a chance to meet the volunteers, find out more about the Scheme and support the students.
The Academy prepared their hall and students were on hand to guide visitors. The students had also prepared a delicious range of sandwiches, savouries and cakes for their guests along with tea and coffee. After a welcome from scheme chair, Kathy Hamilton, David Claricoates from the Academy outlined a number of projects designed to promote greater involvement between the students and the local community.
After the welcome, around forty guests were entertained by the students with a selection of vocal and guitar pieces.
After the entertainments, Desford Good Neighbours held its first AGM. The current chair, Kathy Hamilton, advised the meeting that, as there had been no other nominations, all of the principal officers would continue for a further year. All the committee members present were introduced to the meeting. Kathy continued to provide an overview of the scheme’s progress in its first year with nearly 200 tasks completed. The treasurer, Mary Carr, gave details of the work of the telephone co-ordinators in allocating tasks requested and a summary of the scheme’s finances. The meeting was then opened to a lively discussion of the scheme’s experience to date. Kathy also invited guests to complete a questionnaire provided to suggest other activities where the Scheme might be able to help such as small group shopping trips.
The meeting closed with Kathy proposing a vote of thanks to David Claricoates and the students of the Academy for hosting the event, providing refreshments and entertainment.
Good Neighbours Summer Garden Party
On the 11th of July, we held our first summer garden party at the home of scheme treasurer, Mary Carr, and her husband, Richard. Organised by the committee, the party provided an opportunity for volunteers and scheme users to chat and enjoy afternoon tea and cakes. Around fifty people attended and appreciated socialising in the pleasant afternoon sunshine. Guests also had an opportunity to stroll around the beautiful gardens and appreciate the many unique features. Both scheme users and volunteers continue to be enthusiastic about the success of the scheme. We hope to provide more social opportunities in future.