The two months since Christmas have rushed by so quickly – where does the time go! We have been extremely busy over the last 2 months with 247 referrals. I do ask an awful lot from Steve and Jeff but they deliver every time and will always go that extra mile to ensure the work is done, and more importantly, the people they visit are happy and satisfied with the service we provide.
The Home Fire Safety checks they do at every visit has increased the time taken but we do think providing this extra service is beneficial and further increases peoples’ safety.
The increase in referrals has meant that unfortunately there has been a delay in visiting some people, particularly those who have not been victims of crime. We do apologise for this as obviously we want to visit as soon as possible.
We have given talks to a number of groups – St Ives Dementia Café, Oakington tea & Talk, Netherton fellowship, Cambridgeshire Alliance – Independent Living, Sawtry WI, St Ives Day Care Centre. Steve attended a security event in Histon and Jeff and myself visited Roddons [ Circle] Housing to talk to their staff.
I have been busy applying for funding from a wide range of organisations and been reasonably successful, including help from both Accent Nene and Roddons. I collected a cheque from Mary Wilson, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator from Sawston last week. Mary had been making jams and pickles and selling them at community events.
I have also started organising our third golf charity day on Friday 12th June at St Ives[Hunts] golf club. If you would like to enter a team of four or donate a raffle prize please do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. We had a brilliant day last year and raised over £2,000.
And finally – a warning – we have seen quite a number of victims of purse/handbag thefts recently. Please do be very careful when out and about and ensure your purse and handbag are both secure.