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.
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.”
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
For more information about the service we provide to older people in Thirsk and the surrounding area, click here.
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