We had a very positive afternoon at the Richmond Volunteer Fair on Thursday, 7th June. The event was well attended by a variety of age groups, all keen to explore volunteering opportunities.
Thank you to Michelle Lomas, who volunteers for us and to our Chair of Trustees, Tor Machado for coming along; I know their enthusiasm and commitment to volunteering won some people over and I am looking forward to building our team of volunteers with some of the people we met.
Richmond Good Neighbours ran its usual, very popular bottle tombola stall at the Richmond May Fair on 12th May. It must have been one of the wettest Fair days ever, but despite everyone getting soaked, we had a frequent stream (almost literally, at times!) of visitors, and we took the splendid total of £1541. We were particularly pleased at the result as we have decided to look at different ways of raising our much-needed funds in the future, so it was good to go out on a high note.
This was Hilary’s last event as Organiser as she is handing over to her successor, Anne Speak, on 18th May. Hilary has greatly enjoyed her many years at the helm and will miss the many contacts and friends made over the period, but she is sure that she is leaving Richmond Good Neighbours in very capable hands and would like to welcome Anne.
We are now installed in our new home at ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, East Twickenham, TW1 2AR. Our new phone number is 3538 4060, and our e-mail address is email@example.com
Our opening hours are unaltered: 9 till 12, Monday to Friday, and the area where we can offer help is unchanged – as is our need for new volunteers, especially drivers!
As ever, we have welcomed a sizeable number of new clients onto our lists, most of whom need regular help; we have also been delighted to recruit several new volunteers over the past few months. We are however desperately short of volunteer drivers who are able to help either on a regular or an occasional basis, and would welcome enquiries from anyone who might be interested in joining our team.
My Life in Films is a small charity based in Richmond that helps people with dementia through filmmaking. They do this by creating free life story films that celebrate the person’s life and shift the focus away from their illness.
The films are for the families private use, and are made up of their photographs and home videos, interviews with the person with dementia and their friends and family, all set to their favourite music tracks. They cover the main events and ‘chapters’ of the person’s life, from childhood to present day. The films aren’t just a wonderful, positive way to reminisce with loved ones, but also an innovative care tool. The films can be shared with professional care workers to give them an insight into the person and promote person-centred care.
CLICK HERE to see an introductory video explains the process of making the films (6 mins). CLICK HERE for a video which shows the difference that a My Life Films package can have to a person living with dementia (1.5 min).