Scamming and Safety

Richmond Good Neighbours invite you to a presentation on Scams and How to be Safer.

Many  of you will know Sgt Les Jackson (Rtd), formerly part of the SNT in Richmond.  He has offered to give a presentation on scamming on 10/4 at The Cambrian Centre, Queens Road at 2pm to raise awareness about scams and personal security, especially for our local elderly residents. Do encourage older neighbours and family members to come.

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Wednesday 10th April, from 2pm-3.30pm

at The Cambrian Centre, Queens Road, Richmond, TW10 6SN

Please call RGN office on 020-3538-4060 for more details.

Puzzles Galore

We are very grateful to Ravensburger UK who sent us a box of 100 piece jigsaw puzzles for our clients to assemble at our Tea and Board Games.

 

Community Matters at Waitrose Richmond this April!

We are absolutely delighted that Waitrose Richmond have chosen Richmond Good Neighbours to be one of three local charities to benefit from the Community Matters Green Tokens this month. How much we get from the £1000 available is up to you, as based on the number of  green tokens donated we receive that percentage of the funds available.  To find out more click here,  https://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/inspiration/community_matters.html

So, when doing your shopping, especially all those Easter eggs, legs of lamb and bottles of Prosecco, whether paying at the till or self scanning, please ask for your green token and pop them in the RGN box. Please encourage friends and neighbours to support us too.

Thank you

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

Afternoon Teas

We have held four afternoon teas for our clients since October. These are held on the second Wednesday of every month at The Cambrian Centre, off Queens Road, Richmond and are open to all RGN clients and local residents.

Forthcoming teas are on 13th February, 13th March, 10th April, 8th May and 5th June from 2pm-3.30pm. We are able to offer lifts to and from the teas with sufficient notice. Please call Anne at the office to arrange transport on 020-3538-4060.

Recently we have introduced board games, Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles and even a game of dominoes which proved very popular. Our clients do seem to enjoy the company of the volunteers who join them each month.

A good old fashioned jigsaw
A map of Europe kept everyone puzzled
A very competitive game of Scrabble

Dementia Friends

We held our first Dementia Friends training session for volunteers on Tuesday 2nd October at ETNA centre. Over 10 volunteers came to a very informative workshop run by Tanya Williams.

Richmond Volunteers Fair

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.

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).