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.
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.
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).