Volunteers Winter Party

We were delighted to welcome 50 volunteers and guests from across the Borough to the Winter Party. Guests included The Mayor of Richmond, Cllr. Ben Khosa, Cllr. Michael Wilson, Cllr. Pamela Fleming, The Revd Wilma Roest and the Trustees who very kindly, provided the food and drink.

In his speech, The Mayor thanked the volunteers for the enormous contribution they make to the lives of so many isolated and elderly residents in Richmond, whether driving to medical appointments, doing the shopping or just being a friendly companion over a cup of tea.  Volunteers in Richmond are the unsung heroes of the Borough and it was an honour to be able to sing the praises of the Richmond Good Neighbour Volunteers.

In his speech, The Mayor thanked the volunteers for the enormous contribution they make to the lives of so many isolated and elderly residents in Richmond, whether driving to medical appointments, doing the shopping or just being a friendly companion over a cup of tea.  Volunteers in Richmond are the unsung heroes of the Borough and it was an honour to be able to sing the praises of the Richmond Good Neighbour Volunteers.

Thank to generous donations from supporters an array of prizes was available as raffle prizes raising £172 for the charity.  Funds raised will go towards hosting more social events for our more isolated clients.

Raffle prizes

May Fair 2018

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.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

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 – helping people with dementia

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).