News from Chilworth Care Committee
Following on from our last news update – coffee mornings did indeed recommence on Thursdays with effect from 3rd February in St Thomas’ Church Room – however, due to closure of the church building following damage caused by Storm Eunice, they are currently being held in the Village Hall on Thursday mornings until such time as the church building is open for use once again. We continue to get regular requests for lifts to doctors’ surgeries and other medical appointments and are grateful to our team of drivers who so willingly undertake to offer the lifts. Currently we still have in place quite stringent Covid precautions but hope to soon agree that they can be safely relaxed at our next committee meeting.
It is our intention to do something a bit special to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee at the Coffee Morning on Thursday 2nd June and again for the monthly St Martha’s Court Afternoon Tea on Monday 6th June – look out for posters nearer the time as well as our regular news update in the Village Magazine.
For lifts to local doctors / hospital appointments, or to the weekly Thursday Coffee Morning / St Martha’s Court Afternoon Tea, and to find out more about what we do please call 01483 538886 or email ChilworthCareCommittee @outlook.
Chilworth Care Committee News
At our March Meeting we noted that the Management Committee has met 6 times since August and 9 times since March 2020 to keep adapting the provision of the services we can offer as the circumstances keep changing. Many of these have been via Zoom.
We are so pleased to be able to offer lifts to medical appointments again and continue our good neighbour scheme picking up prescriptions and undertaking basic shopping and are just so grateful to all our willing volunteers who undertake these tasks. To provide a lift you do need to be DBS’d, wear the PPE provided and agree to our Covid-safe policies but if you are currently working from home with the flexibility to take a break for an hour just once a month it would be great to have you on-board. So far we have provided just 9 lifts to Vaccination and other appointments.
We have once again refreshed our posters to reflect this – at no cost thanks to the generosity of Pauleen at Flippinimage Ltd – and remain grateful to St Thomas’s Church who have allowed us the use of their notice board in this respect for so long
Our buddy scheme put in place last March is still in place and we have the capacity to pair up more couples if anyone would like to receive a regular phone call just for a chat.
Our AGM remains on hold but we remain hopeful that we can arrange a summer date safely. We have noted the resignation of our current Chair Tim O’Hanlon with thanks for all his contributions and are grateful to Cathy Browning for stepping up from Vice Chair to Chair so if you can help with the management of our activities it would be great to have someone with organisational / administration skills at the meetings. (We hope to be back to just 4 a year plus the AGM soon!)
As always we can be contacted on 01483 538886 – all calls will be returned – and at email@example.com. There is also information on our page on the Chilworth2gether website.
Happy New Year from Chilworth Care Committee!
Throughout the lockdowns of 2020 Chilworth Care Committee has continued to offer help to our community seven days a week collecting provisions and medication. We are immensely grateful to all our existing and new volunteers for all the help they offered without whom this would not have been possible.
As we enter 2021 there is hope around the corner with the vaccination programme being rolled out. With this in mind and as we go into this new lockdown, we are pleased to resume offering lifts to medical appointments and most vitally COVID vaccinations. All risk assessments and Safeguarding documentation is in place to provide this service as safely as possible to everyone.
If you need a lift, please ring the Chilworth Care Committee on 01483 538886 and leave a message and someone will get back to you. Please give our volunteers as much notice as possible.
As many of our exiting drivers are self-isolating / shielding we particularly welcome people prepared to offer lifts at the moment. We are also looking for new Committee Members who have a little time to spare to keep us all going. For more information about any of our activitiesplease ring the same number and leave your details and someone will call you backwith further information.