Big boots to fill!

Hello all….how did you all cope with the ‘Beast from the East’? What an interesting week weather wise we have had, apparently it hadn’t been as cold since 1981…..That is presuming you can recall that far back! I received a very warm welcome at the Annual Trustee meeting, many of whom braved the weather conditions. Thank you.

As I write this I’m sure Shirley will be wondering how she ever managed to fit work in. I doubt her feet haven’t touched the ground since last week enjoying life, family and friends. As you all know, Shirley has been an invaluable asset to the Bobby Scheme for the past 6 years, leaving ‘Big Boots’ for me to try and fill. I am looking forward to working with the team, so far I’m settling well and learning lots.

Over the next few weeks I will be going out with ‘the boys’ to get a real feel for how the scheme allows our clients to feel safer and how it impacts on their lives. I have been reading the testimonials of individuals and the way this service makes them feel is outstanding, not to mention extremely humbling.

I am very much looking forward to working with the team and getting myself established within our area representing such an important service.

I’m already on the look out for donations….if anyone is aware of any spare/redundant PC’s the Bobby Scheme is in need of replacing the 2 that we have. Donations gratefully received. 🙂

Take care and stay safe.
Perri.

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Goodbye!

This is my last blog! I mentioned previously that I am retiring as Trust Manager – the day has finally nearly arrived – next Wednesday 28th February.

It has been an extremely hard decision – I have loved every minute working for the charity and it has been a joy to come to work every day. They say small is beautiful – that is so true – we may be a small team of 4 but we work together so well and have achieved so much!

There is so much I shall miss about my work – all the people we have helped feel safer in their homes; all the staff working for the agencies we have contact with; all my Trustees; and most of all, the fantastic team I work with – Susan, Steve and Andy – not forgetting Jeff who left us last August.!

I shall have regrets about leaving, I know I shall shed a few tears next week. But I know the charity is in good hands – with Susan, Steve, Andy, and Perri,  and will continue to thrive for many years to come. Thank you all – it has been a privilege and honour working with you and for such a brilliant charity.

Goodbye!

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Welcome Perri!

The Bobby Scheme welcomed Perri Luparia to the team and says goodbye to another!

Perri has taken over the role of Trust Manager from myself as I have decided its time to retire from the role. Perri started on Monday and we are delighted to welcome her as she will be a valuable asset to the charity and lead it forward.

One thought ….  as we are working together for the next two weeks I’m hoping Perri could also be an asset to me – I’m learning Italian and with her Italian background and being fluent in the language, can you give me some practice and useful tips!

Vorrei parlare Italiano molto bene – puoi aiutarmi Perri?

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Feedback Friday

When you get such lovely letters as these two, it really does brighten the day ……

“I have for some time been subject to a spate of anti social behaviour to both my car and house and following major surgery and illness was feeling very vulnerable. I was made aware of the Bobby Scheme by a friend who also has been subject to a crime. On Wednesday I had a planned visit from Mr Andy Cleathero who I found to be extremely helpful, knowledgeable and competent in his work approach. He fitted various types of door and window alarms. I certainly feel safer and secure at home. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Cleathero and the Bobby Scheme to my neighbours and friends and deem it a very valuable asset to the police and county. My many thanks once again”

” We recently had a break-in and the help and advice we had from the Bobby Scheme was excellent, and the help we got from Steve Price put our mind at rest, he was very good.”

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That’s TV

Steve went to the office of That’s Cambridge to do an interview with them on Tuesday. That’s Cambridge is the official city TV channel for Cambridgeshire. It broadcasts on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Media 159. They also have a website that’s.tv/Cambridge .

Steve explained what the Bobby Scheme does and how we help by not only installing security devices but give advice and reassurance. He also discussed how residents can protect themselves from being burgled.

The interview was also shown Wednesday morning on BBC Look East. The interview isn’t as yet on their website but keep looking!

Steve – are you up for signing autographs?!

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Feedback Friday

It seems a while since I did a “Feedback Friday” so ……

We had a number of Christmas cards this year from people we have visited thanking us for our visits:

“Many, many thanks for your time and understanding. It was very much needed and appreciated.  I am sorry this card and gift in no way measures the help I received, and wish it was more”

” I had a distraction burglary at my house and my purse stolen. You came out twice and did wonders to help secure my home and give me confidence back as it had been very badly bruised. I am enclosing a donation as my real appreciation for all you did for me and also the kindness of your phone operator”

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

Have you decided to make a New Year’s resolution this year?  If so, have you considered doing whatever you are doing to help raise money for a charity? It may be that you intend to get fitter, run a marathon, stop smoking, lose weight etc etc ……..

The Bobby Scheme, like most other charities, are continually looking at new ways to raise funds to maintain our service.  We would really welcome your help to do this!

We subscribe to Localgiving.org. In 2017 they raised £4 million for local charities and community groups [ since 2009 when it was launched Localgiving has raised over £20 million]; 60,000 donors have made over 128,000 donations and 1,467 people have raised funds for members.

So, why not consider us as your charity of the year and help us to help more vulnerable adults improve their home security.  For more information about Localgiving go to http://www.localgiving.org and look at our page on https://localgiving.org/charity/cambridgeshirebobbyscheme/

We would love your help!

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