Thank you all for a wonderful 2014 of building friendships, helping one another at times of need, or just being there to share skills, or help ease the burden of completing an onerous task. Since the launch of the Freemantle Time Bank, we have recruited 124 members who have helped one another with over 2000 hours. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Let’s hope we build on this, in 2015.
Welcome to our newest member, who is happy to help people with form filling, office skills, literacy, help with reading, visiting people, companionship and as a walking friend. He loves walking in the New Forest, but doesn’t have a car these days, so, if this is something you are able to help with, please get in touch. He’s also interested in going to the theatre but doesn’t wish to go alone.
I haven’t received any exchange requests for the Christmas period. Recent successes: help with cleaning, companionship visits, bike rides, shared skills, supporting two lunch clubs, the bring and share supper, and our very own Ron being Santa for the local parent and toddler Christmas party. Thank you to everyone! I should also like to thank the members who have recently donated tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits for our groups. I think we should have enough tea to last us for most of 2015! I shall let members know when we need more supplies of the other items.
Whilst we are in the thanking mode, just to let you know that the items for the ladies refuge have all been delivered to our contact, so thanks for your donations.
Have any of you seen the recent programmes with James Martin and friends about visiting various areas around the country and helping to bring neighbours together and reduce loneliness and isolation etc? They held a come and talk to your neighbours session in a local hall/community centre where neighbours were able to get to know one another. Do you think this is something we can consider doing one weekend afternoon in a local venue? Have a think and let me know. It was quite an eye opener to discover that so many younger people were feeling disconnected to those people around them, not just the elderly.
As I mentioned in my previous bulletin, I am on annual leave from today until 5th January. I will, however, still be checking the mobile phone and gmail so if you need to get in touch with a request, please do. Just be aware, that I may not respond until the end of the day. I will not be checking my southampton.gov.uk emails. For those of you on Facebook, you also have the opportunity to keep in touch with one another in the closed Freemantle Time Bank Members group (only time bank members can access this so don’t worry about non members being able to see what is written).
Soon we will publish a list of the dates planned for 2015 for both Freemantle and Millbrook Time Banks – there are still a few dates to be confirmed. I have pencilled in a couple of dates for Pamper evenings – they are both Saturday – May 16th and Nov 7th – I have booked the rooms from 5pm to 10 pm to allow for setting up and clearing away with the idea that the event will run from 5:30 to 9:30ish. Following on from suggestions from our previous pamper event, one of the dates will be earmarked for time bank members only, whilst the other will be open to the public. Can those people who usually supply the services, Reiki healing, Angel Readings, Astrology, Foot and Hand Spas, Face Make Up, Henna and Crafts etc please confirm that they are happy to participate in these events and are available for these dates?
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas or a happy holiday to those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, I look forward to working with you all in 2015.
Freemantle and Millbrook Time Banks Broker
07795 050 294