Thirsk Hard of Hearing Club 30th Year Celebrations

Thirsk Hard of Hearing club celebrated last week their 30th Birthday. Members had afternoon tea in the garden of their chairman.  They were able to reminisce about visits & outings over the years and  there was lots of laughter. There was some sadness  in the mix as some of the past members have passed away.  Leaving some special memories.  Some ex members were invited to come along and it was lovely to see them.

The club meets usually at East Thirsk Hall 2-00pm  once a month, they have  a full programme of activity which they follow and sometimes divert from if things crop up they feel they would like to attend. It is a very informal group and very friendly.   Anyone wishing to come along to see if its for them is most welcome. New members are always welcome.

Please ring  Gill Burn at Thirsk Community Care 01845 523115, or e-mail   gill.burn@thirskcommunitycare.org.uk

Pat is the current leader of the club and is wanting to take a back seat very soon so we are on the lookout for a new leader,  someone who has empathy with people who struggle with their hearing not necessarily deaf.

Been the leader is not to onerous it involves planning the programme for the year,  making sure everyone knows what the next meeting involves ,where they need to be etc.   If you would like a chat about maybe been the new volunteer leader then again please contact Gill or Beverley volunteer co-ordinator at Thirsk Community Care.

New Employment Opportunities

Thirsk Community Care and The Clock in partnership have two new exciting opportunities to join our excellent teams.

  • Dementia Day Service Coordinator – 13 hours per week £21,166 pa (pro rata) £10.97 per hour
  • Dementia Day Service Support Worker – 12 hours per week £18,426 pa (pro rata) £9.55 per hour

The Clock and Thirsk Community Care are launching a new Dementia Day Service to support carers of those living with Dementia in the local area. These new roles will be key to the successful delivery of the Service which is part of a Hambleton wide project to ensure that there is dementia day support 5 days a week. We want to offer an enriching and rewarding experience and are looking for passionate people to help make this possible.

The Coordinator
Will be responsible for the day to day operations of the service, supporting clients living with Dementia, in accordance with their individual needs, and the organising and supervision of staff and volunteers.

The Support Worker
Will carry out operational requirements, supporting clients with Dementia in accordance with their individual needs and support the Coordinator in their duties.

Candidates should be self-directed but able to follow instructions working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will be an excellent communicator, competent in the use of ICT and keen to continue to develop skills, knowledge and experience to improve the quality of services delivered by you and your colleagues. An enhanced DBS check and two references will also be required.

For more information on the history of the organisations and the type of work we do, please check out this website and and visit  www.theclock.org

To apply for the post please download the Job Description, Person Specification and application form from www.theclock.org or request an application pack by phoning 01845 524494 or emailing oliver@theclock.org. Read them all carefully then complete, sign and return a copy of the application form to the address given.

Closing Date: 12 noon Monday 8th July.
Interviews will be held at Thirsk Community Care (in Thirsk) on Monday 15th July.

Thirsk Community Care and The Clock at Duncombe Park Steam Rally

One of our staff has a rare breed Clydesdale horse and is taking him to Duncombe Park Steam and Vintage Rally for people to meet and learn about.

You can meet Laura and Tully, ask her all about the Clydesdale breed, feed the horse, pet him and try and guess how much he weighs!  They will be at the event on the 6th and 7th July.

She is happy to accommodate special requirements and has worked with disabled people of all ages and is happy to talk about all of our services

Laura is supporting Thirsk Community Care and the Clock by collecting at her exhibit.

Please go and say hi!

Please click here for a pdf download information sheet

Exciting new opportunities for Thirsk Community Care – A Statement from Trustees

The Trustees of The Clock and Thirsk Community Care have been working together to identify the best way of providing services for local people. All aspects of both charities have been scrutinised and it has been agreed to work towards forming one charity. There is still a lot of work to complete before this happens but to help the process Abigail Homer has been appointed as CEO designate.

The Trustees believe that this new way of working is extremely exciting and feel that there is the potential to develop new and existing services.

More information will follow as it becomes available.

Meals on Wheels volunteer retires after 28 years’ service!

Pat Chandler from Knayton has been volunteering in the local community for many years and has for 28 years helped deliver Meals on Wheels to local residents. Pat was a full time teacher until she retired in 1990 and was volunteering for Oxfam when a fellow volunteer asked her to help out with Meals on Wheels delivery. When Pat started Meals on Wheels was coordinated by North Yorkshire County Council and delivery was arranged through the WRVS – now the Royal Voluntary Service.

When the council gave up the service the WRVS took over and arranged the cooking as well as the delivery and then when WRVS could not continue running it Pat herself approached Thirsk Community Care to see if they would run this invaluable service.

Pat was instrumental in the service continuing and has stayed with the service as a welcome friendly face to the clients and an absolutely core member of the volunteer team. She has seen many changes in her 28 years as a meals on wheels volunteer but the needs of the clients to receive a hot cooked meal and a daily visit stays the same. Meals are delivered five days a week by a team of dedicated volunteers and are cooked by the Gavel Café. Pat also helped Thirsk Community Care by being a volunteer for the adult sitting service which gives carers a break for a few hours.

Pat says:

“The meals are freshly cooked which is to be commended and is an improvement on the old days when it was made on an industrial scale. The Gavel are absolutely superb and the clients get a two course meal delivered for just £6.00. This is more costly than a ready meal but we get to know the clients really well and they look forward to their meal coming hot and ready to eat, and seeing a familiar face”

Thirsk Community Care are incredibly grateful to Pat for all the time she has given and are pleased she will be continuing to run the local Hard of Hearing club which meets monthly and offers support and companionship to people with a hearing loss. Benny the cat (pictured) is looking forward to having Pat at home with him more often!

If you would like an more information on Thirsk Community Care’s services or are interested in volunteering and maybe helping to replace Pat (though she is irreplaceable!) then please call 01845 523115 or email info@thirskcommunitycare.org.uk

Before I go… A word with Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson children

When I first moved to Thirsk, I found Thirsk Community Care hidden down an alleyway. I got a great welcome from Gill when I said I was looking for paid and voluntary work with children. I soon started working as a volunteer with a young man who I would take to town on a Saturday morning, giving his parents time to go swimming with his siblings and catch up on house work. I also became a play worker at the school holiday play schemes for children with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. I soon ended up coordinating the Oaks play scheme, introducing lots of new activities, especially art activities, and bringing in specialists to provide sport, music and dance sessions. This in turn led to working in the office, coordinating all our childrens services.

I have fully enjoyed this experience – no two days are the same. There have been highlights such as carrying out art workshops with the children, and lows when logistics don’t always go to plan. Every day has been busy and the end results of providing safe and fun support for the children as well as much-needed respite for parents and carers means all frustrations are worth it.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many amazing children as well as working with committed and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Thank you for all your support.

I am now exploring my interest in art by going to study for an MA at Leeds Arts University in September and I hope this qualification can be combined with the experiences I have gained at Thirsk Community Care to lead to future employment such as Community Art projects. I am pleased that my replacement, Jon Ptolomey, seems just as keen to ensure the children’s projects run smoothly, and to provide the best service possible for the children and families. I wish him good luck.

I will continue to work in the office on reduced hours in my role of interim Operational manager.

We’ve passed our Matrix Quality Assurance Standard

Matrix-Logo

We’re pleased to share the we’ve passed the “Annual Continuous Improvement Check (CIC) Year 2 for The Matrix Standard”. This is a Quality Assurance Standard that we now have accreditation for until August 2019. It’s so important to us that our service has been recognised as continuously improving in our provision of information, advice and guidance to clients.

Thirsk Community Care collaborating with Thirsk Clock

Thirsk Clock

Two of Thirsk’s long-established charities, The Clock and Thirsk Community Care, have decided that the best way to do more for local people is to explore a closer working relationship. It may be that in time they will merge into one charity – but if so that will be some time off.

The Boards of both organisations have met and agreed that they share the same ethos and commitment to improving the lives of people in the town and the wider district. The Trustees feel that working together more closely will allow them to develop more exciting ways to deliver services and secure their future.

More information will follow as it becomes available.

Guest Blog: Meet Our Intern Nathan

Nathan Intern Blog

We’re delighted to share this guest blog, penned by our intern, Nathan.

“I was sceptical when I began my week of work experience with Thirsk Community Care, as I had fears about meeting new people. However, now my only fear is that the week is coming to an end! I’ve had a great time helping with carers support and meals on wheels. I’ve even enjoyed doing admin work. The staff are all enthusiastic about what they do, knowing that they help the community and they have made me feel accepted into the team of Thirsk Community Care.

My highlight from this week must be on Wednesday when Thirsk Community Care held their fortnightly event called “Food and Friendship” at the Pantry. Seeing all the elderly people having a good time, playing bingo, and loving the food was the point when I realised that just meeting them for that one event can mean so much, and it shows that the staff and volunteers are dedicated to making a difference within our community. The low point of my week has been waking up in the morning at 8 o’clock. I understand that to some people this may be late, but for me it’s about two hours too early!

Overall I have enjoyed working at Thirsk Community Care and the roles I have undertaken during the time I have been working here have helped me to develop my social and communication skills.”