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A Thank You from the Wincanton Live at Home Scheme

Monday 14 January 2013, 14:31
By Rebecca Thurgood

As a charity working to alleviate the loneliness and social isolation suffered by many elderly residents of the community, we rely heavily on the generosity of that community to support our work in whatever way they can. We have a sterling team of volunteers who freely give their time and enthusiasm for anything from a few hours every so often, to regular commitment to our weekly clubs and activities. We simply could not function without them.

Smiling from a trainLooking out to sea from the end of a pier

In addition to our fantastic volunteers, we have received wonderful support from numerous Wincanton businesses and organisations in the form of donations or general support, and I would like to thank the following:

  • Live at Home members on holidayC.A.T. Bus
  • Winibus
  • The Balsam Centre
  • Otter Nursery
  • Andrew Barclay
  • The Lemon Tree
  • The Nog Inn
  • Discworld
  • Wild Cardz
  • The Stags Head at Yarlington

We have also received invaluable funding from the Town Council, the District Council, Councillor Anna Groskop, the Drandjeaw Charitable Trust, St Michaels PPC, St Johns Church Horsington, and the County Council who fund the two day-centres we run on their behalf.

Live at Home members enjoying a mealOur list of services/activities has also been extended after starting two new groups last year. In February we started a Men's Pub Lunch Group, and in July we started our very popular Cinema Club.

We now have 157 members and offer a number of different lunch clubs, weekly Friendship Group, regular outings and theatre trips, the cinema club, handyman scheme, befriending, and winter support scheme, as well as major events such as the holiday and the annual tea, and the two weekly, SCC funded day centres (one in Wincanton, one in Barrington, and we are about to take over the running of another centre in Chard).

We provide specialist, door-to-door transport for all our activities so that our scheme members can attend regardless of mobility limitations, and all our venues are wheelchair accessible.

Thank you again.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Wincanton Live at Home scheme, please contact me, Rebecca Thurgood on 01963 33588 or email .




Comments

Nick Colbert
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District Council grants
Reply #1 on : Tue January 15, 2013, 14:51:43
Great work and well done to all those involved and contributing support, I would like to point out though that when a grant application came through for 50% cost of a dishwasher the District Council recommended it for refusal, we overturned that and recommended it be granted. Sometimes the District Councils priorities baffle me.

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