Happy New Year!

Susan, Steve, Andy and myself would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and hope that 2018 turns out to be a good year for us all!

We are now back in full swing – there were a number of burglaries and other incidents over the festive season – the criminal element don’t seem to understand, or care, that the season should be a joyous occasion with everyone being kind and showing no ill will to each other! We shall be visiting those who have been unfortunate to become victims of these callous, unfeeling individuals, and offering our help in securing their homes.

Please don’t let 2018 be the year that you become a victim of crime. Always be vigilant and take sensible precautions to protect your home and yourself.  If you do feel at risk, please do call us and arrange for us to visit you and look at your home security. We would be only too glad to help!  Call us 01480 413311 or email info@thebobbyscheme.org.

HAP[PY NEW YEAR

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Festive Season

 

All of us at the Bobby Scheme would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

We would also like to thank you for your continued and valued support over the last year.

The office will be closed from Friday 22nd December over the Christmas period and we will open again on Tuesday 2nd January.

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Local Charities Day

Local Charities Day is today, Friday 15th December. The day highlights the work of small charities that are making remarkable differences in their local communities.

I welcome the chance to shout from the roof top about the Bobby Scheme, and the fantastic charity it is.  It has made a tremendous positive impact on the lives of over 1400 vulnerable adults last year. We could not have achieved this with out some special people – my brilliant team of Susan, Steve and Andy [ and Jeff before he moved to pastures new in August] ; all those organisations that we have worked with during the year ; all our funders who have generously supported us with funding ; and of course, all the people who we have visited and for their very kind donations so that we can maintain our work.

A BIG THANK YOU to you all!

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Please be vigilant!

We are all very busy this time of year, rushing around Christmas shopping, we sometimes forget to continue to be vigilant and aware of other people around us.  We unfortunately are still getting referrals for victims who have had their bags or purses stolen from supermarket car parks and shops. It is understandable that we are concentrating on our shopping, for example selecting cards from card shops or putting provisions into boots of cars, we don’t notice when someone is nearby or has just brushed past us.  But these criminals are good at what they do, often working in groups, one distracting while the other steals your property.

Please, please do be vigilant at all times, and don’t let these people spoil your Christmas!  You could be their next target!

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Donations

Like many charities, we totally rely upon donations and grants to survive and continue providing a service.  For small, local charities like ourselves, it seems even harder to fundraise!

Therefore we are so grateful for every donation we receive from beneficiaries and from others who want to support our charity. It doesn’t matter how small the donation is – every penny counts!  In addition to the donations from people we have visited we have also this month received donations from:

Mary Wilson who makes and sells marmalade/jams/chutneys – Mary sold many jars at the County Neighbourhood Watch meeting

The attendees at the weekly public meeting for worship at Cambridge Jesus Lane Quaker Meeting House.

Thank you all for supporting our work – your support is very much valued and appreciated!

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Trustee week

November 13 – 17th is Trustees’ week and this seems a good time to thank all our Trustees for their continued commitment and support to our charity.

Trustees do make a very valuable contribution to any charity and we mustn’t forget that they are all volunteers and give their time for free. They play an important role making decisions about the work and ensuring charities flourish and move forward.  Across the UK there are over one million Trustees supporting over 196,000 charities.

We have 11 Trustees from the police, criminal justice system and High Sheriffs. We couldn’t do without them and on behalf of my team, would like to thank them for their continued support and dedication.

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Out and about in the dark?

Now that the clocks have gone back and it gets darker much earlier, more of us are returning home in the dark unfortunately!  Bring back Summertime!

If you regularly walk home in the dark, please do consider your safety at all times:

– be aware of your surroundings and look confident

– use well lit busy streets and routes that are familiar to you, avoid short cuts down alley ways etc

– hide any valuables so they are not on view, including mobile phones

– buy a personal attack alarm – they are not expensive – but do not bury it at the bottom of your bag,  have it handy to use if necessary.  They do make a very loud noise when activated and give you a chance to run away.

 

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