Carers Week every year gives us a chance to celebrate all that is good in our community and raise awareness of the work we do. This year, I was delighted to welcome Rob Gee to perform his “Alzheimers whodunnit” for something rather different.
Rob was inspirational in his portrayal of a variety of characters, drawing from his experience some years ago when he worked as a student in a phychiatric hospital. Volunteers, carers and staff from organisations working with people with dementia came together to enjoy the show. It was educational, amusing, and thought-provoking – the perfect way to celebrate Carers Week.
Enjoy our exclusive interview with Rob Gee about the performance in the short video below:
By Gill Burn, Carers Support Coordinator at Thirsk Community Care
Fred Suggitt did a sky dive in Yorkshire to celebrate his 80th Birthday. On any other day he can be found driving around Thirsk, taking clients shopping or to hospital appointments. Do you have a couple of hours free each week to join our team of volunteer car drivers?
Call Helen Senior on 01845 523 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that Thirsk is one of the few places in Hambleton to offer a meals on wheels delivery service 5 days a week? The meals on wheels service has been running in Thirsk for over 20 years and Thirsk Community Care took over managing the scheme when North Yorkshire County Council were no longer able to provide the service. We believe it is a lifeline for people because not only do they get a hot nutritious meal but the friendly face who delivers that meal may be the only person they see that day.
Residents in Thirsk and Sowerby can receive a two course hot meal delivered to their door for just £6.00. The meals are freshly prepared each day by The Gavel Café & Bar and delivered with a smile by our fantastic team of volunteers. You can choose how many days a week you have them delivered and your first meal is free. If you know anyone who could benefit please contact Alison on 01845 523115 or Alison.email@example.com
Meals on Wheels is a also great introduction to volunteering as it only takes an hour once or twice a month but you get a real buzz from helping lots of people in that hour. If you would be interested in volunteering please contact Alison as detailed above.
Poetry From The Heart is a book written by volunteers and clients of Thirsk Community Care, about the role of the carer in their lives. This wonderful anthology has a foreword from local poet Kate Fox. To buy your copy for £5, pop into our office at 14a Marketplace.
We have a waiting list of people who need someone to sit with them so their carer can have a short break once a month. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help, please contact Gill at the office, on 01845 523 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catalyst project never stands still as we see new members coming and others leaving to begin their new lives. We have several new activities coming up throughout the Spring, including a variety of taster sessions from Adult Education such as peer mentor training, reflexology and art classes. We are always open to welcoming new people who wish to join our supportive group or those who simply want to volunteer.
Last week we launched Thirsk Memory Cafe to support people living with dementia in our community. It was a great start with some great activities for everyone who came along. Here are some photos from the day. If you know someone who’d like to come along, contact the office on 01845 523 115.
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