Afternoon Tea and Cakes at The Cambrian Centre

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, 10th October, we hosted our first Afternoon Tea and Cakes at The Cambrian Centre.  About 15 guests joined volunteers and trustees for an afternoon of  music, cakes, biscuits and conversation.

There were representatives from Isabella Court, Fitzherbert House, Church Estate Almshouses, Hickeys Almshouses, Michels Almshouses and other local residents who we support throughout the year. It was so lovely to see everyone making new friends and catching up with old friends. One of our volunteers has known some of the guests for over twenty years.

Special thanks go to our volunteer drivers who collected our guests, served tea and washed up and to Mary MacDonald, the wonderful manager of The Cambrian Centre, who decorated the room with bunting, flowers and retro items creating the perfect atmosphere.

Do get in touch if you would like to come along to the next events on 14th November and 12th December.

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.

Talk and Draw at Orleans House, Autumn 2018

As the summer holidays draw to an end it is always refreshing to think about starting a new project, a bit like going back to school in September. For the artistic members of our community, who might need some support to attend a class, we are delighted to see the start of a new term of Talk and Draw at the wonderful Orleans House, Twickenham.

Talk and Draw_Autumn 2018 (Click for more details and how to register)


Cuppa with a Copper

If you have any concerns you would like to raise with the local South Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team these are the dates and locations when you can meet them.

Come and meet the South Richmond SNT at the venues below! Addresses are at the bottom.

September; Cambrian Centre on the 05th Sept from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Marks and Spencer on the 16th Sept from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Richmond Hill Bakery on the 18th Sept from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Waitrose Store on the 27th Sept from 12:00 – 13:00hrs

October; Cambrian Centre on the 03rd Oct from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Marks and Spencer on the 10th Oct from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Richmond Hill Bakery on the 17th Oct from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Waitrose Store on the 27th Oct from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Cambrian Centre on the 31st Oct from 12:00 – 13:00hrs

November; Marks and Spencer on the 08th Nov from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Richmond Hill Bakery on the 14th Nov from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Waitrose Store on the 21st Nov from 12:00 – 13:00hrs Cambrian Centre on the 30th Nov from 12:00 – 13:00hrs


Cambrian Centre; 1 GROVE ROAD TW10 6SN

Richmond Hill Bakery; 54 FRIARS STILE ROOD TW10 6NQ

Waitrose Store; 4-10 SHEEN ROAD TW9 1AE

Marks and Spencer; 13 GEORGE STREET TW9 1JY

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).