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Burcot Close Care Home Fete

Burcot Fete

This was our second visit to the summer fete held this year on Saturday 18 August. Sandy and Jo ran a successful stall selling cakes made by some of our volunteers and plants mainly from Sandy’s own garden.

We raised a grand total of £88. Well done to all those concerned.

 
Donation from Oxfordshire Voluntary Foundation

Burcot Fete

We were very pleased to be selected to receive a donation of £577 from OVF as part of their ‘Small and Vital’ grant programme.

This money will be put towards running costs and we will be keeping OVF appraised of our progress over the next year.

 
DGNS attend Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Recruitment Fair

This year’s fair was held in June at Cornerstone Arts Centre and created a lot of interest from potential volunteers.

Our Co-ordinator Sandy was assisted by Jo, Sarah and Janice. There is always lots of competition from other local volunteer organisations so we were pleased with the amount of interest we got.

 
Long Service Volunteer Retires

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We were sorry to say goodbye to Mavis, one of our longest serving volunteers, who has decided to retire from being a DGNS volunteer. Mavis, along with her husband Michael, has been with us since we started in 2011 and has taken on some challenging clients over the years. Sandy and Alice presented Mavis with a lovely engraved ornament to thank her for all her work.

We wish both Mavis and Michael a very happy retirement.

 
Spring Lottery

Spring Lottery

 
News August 2017

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At the beginning of this year I was surprised by Kathryn, our coordinator asking me to visit her to discuss some things. This turned out to be Kathryn deciding she was going to retire. I was equally surprised when she asked if I would be interested in her vacant position. After just a little bit of thought I decided that I would like to try to fill the gap, or should I say big void that Kathryn’s leaving would cause. I started to shadow Kathryn with many of the day to day running of our scheme and sat in on interviews with potential volunteers. Then I interviewed and accepted several volunteers myself. I also started to visit clients and join Kathryn at external meetings. The Didcot Good Neighbours Scheme owes Kathryn a great deal. She has been the coordinator for 6 years and has done an amazing job of getting the scheme off the ground and keeping interest going. She has recruited many volunteers and helped many clients over the years, bringing them together with many happy results. It seems inadequate but many thanks for all of your hard work.

My new roll started officially at the AGM on 6th April with me being voted on unanimously as the new coordinator. Although I had a bit of a rocky start with health problems, I did manage to get quite a bit done and have interviewed lots of potential new volunteers and clients. I have successfully matched up 8 so far. I also completed my ‘webinar training’ that enables me to do the DBS checks. Our meeting in July was well attended and very lively, my first as coordinator. This week has been very busy with interest from 4 potential volunteers really hope they will be suitable to join us. At this moment we have only one client waiting but that changes by the day. Many of our referrals’ still come from Age U.K.

We have organised a table at the Fete being held at ‘The Close’ nursing home in Burcot on 19th August. We will raise funds with the sale of plants, sweets and cakes. From 11am -4pm if the weather is good we should have a lovely day with many activities going on throughout the day. See posters around town. Lastly but not least I would like to thank our wonderful Volunteers for their many visits and all the help you give to our clients!

Sandy Sparrowhawk

 
Soha donate £100 to DGNS

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The Didcot First and Community Awards were held on 13 November at the Cornerstone and Soha were declared the winner of the Best Apprentice Scheme and shortlisted for the Community Award.

All BACAs winners received £100 to donate to a local good cause. Soha staff chose Didcot Good Neighbour Scheme to benefit from their win. Kathryn Francis, DGNS Coordinator, said, “All our volunteers give their time for free and this very generous donation will go towards our running costs which, although small, have to be funded. DGNS have many Soha clients and we are pleased to be able to work together for the benefit of the local community."

The cheque was handed over by Maureen Adams, Director of Customer Services and Operations.

Full story can be found at: https://www.soha.co.uk/about-us/our-news/best-in-class/.

 
Didcot Good Neighbours recognised at BACAS 2013

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DGNS were thrilled to be the winner in the Community Class of the Community Involvement Category at the recent BACA Awards 2013 held at the Cornerstone Arts Centre. The event is organised by Didcot First and supported by many local businesses.

We received a framed certificate for our wall and a cheque for £100 which is going towards a digital camera. Our treasurer Vikki Fielden was performing at the event in the local gospel choir but managed to join us for a group photo. We were also entertained by Didcot Irish Dancers and Harwell Young Singers plus a slapstick act by two pantomime dames.

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Grant from Didcot Chamber of Commerce

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A big thank you to Didcot Chamber of Commerce for awarding us £250 from their community fund. Di Chesterman, Chairman of the Chamber handed over the cheque to our new Chairperson Maggie Turner. We are hoping to use the money for producing fridge magnets for our clients. This will help them to keep our contact details handy for when they need them. We will keep you up to date on the progress of this project.

 
Open Evening and AGM 2013

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DGNS held a successful Open Evening at the Northbourne Centre in Didcot on 17 September. The event was well attended, not only by our own volunteers but by members of other local voluntary groups and town councillors, including the current Mayor of Didcot, Axel McDonald.

As well as updating the group on what our volunteers have been doing over the last year with some interesting and personal stories, we were able to let people know about recent fundraising for a lightweight wheelchair which we hope to purchase later in the year.

We also incorporated our AGM business during the evening. The current committee were all re-elected and Margaret Turner was elected as Chairperson. Vikki Fielden, our Treasurer, gave us the headlines of our current financial situation and Margaret presented Glyn Hall, our previous Chairman, with some fine wines and thanked him for all his hard work over the last 3 years.

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ASDA Foundation supports DGNS
dgns cheque presentation 001 As part of their 'Chosen by You, given by Us' scheme which supports local charities and voluntary groups ASDA has awarded £100 to the Didcot Good Neighbour Scheme. Glyn Hall, DGNS Chairman went along to the Sutton Courtenay office to receive the cheque from Richard Fielding of ASDA.
 
Co-operative Community Fund Award

DGNS were very pleased to be awarded £450.00 in June 2012 towards the production of new brochures. The Co-operative Group regards the Fund as a long-term investment and hope they are assisting in bringing about a real and sustainable difference in the community.

 
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