A couple of weeks ago Devizes Rotary were delighted to hear a talk given by two visitors from the Alzheimers Support organisation, namely Tina Perryman and Diane Barkham. Tina is one of the nine Dementia Advisers in Diane’s team, and, as well as covering Devizes, she is also responsible for the Marlborough, Ramsbury and Lavington areas.
They explained the terrific work that Alzheimers Support do including providing Daycare Services where people living with dementia can spend a a full day out in a supportive, stimulating environment. The Devizes Sidmouth Street Club for example provides such an environment, and activities include Movement for the Mind Devizes and the Living Well discussion group.
Alzheimers Support also provide a Support at Home service to help people to enjoy social contact and to continue to pursue their interests while family carers can take a well-earned break.
Thanks again to Tina and Diane for coming to talk to us about the crucial work that they, and the rest of the Alzheimers Support team do. For further information please go to https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk
It was very interesting to hear about the great work that all the organisations are doing that attended the Devizes Rotary Half Year Review earlier this month, and even more satisfying to hear how much they enjoyed listening and talking to each other about their respective work.
Below are some examples of written comments that we’ve received.
I very much enjoyed last night, listening to everyone else’s stories. It clearly gives you a lot of pleasure working in the community with such a wide and varied collection of organisations.”
Dementia Aware Project Worker
I can assure you that all donations are gratefully received and all monies put to very good use. Alzheimer’s Support rely heavily on people’s generosity and without this would struggle to survive.
Once again, thank you for your kind donation.”
Back in May of this year the club once again joined forces with the Devizes Lions Club to host the annual Joint Local Charity Golf Day
As it says on the above flier, the supported charity was Alzheimer’s Support, and I’m delighted to say that each club raised £2,000 for that very worthy cause. We have subsequently received the following letter of thanks from Babs Harris, the charity’s CEO:
The Devizes Rotary food team were in action again earlier this month at Trowbridge Park where we served up lots of roast potatoes in cones to crowds attending the Alzheimer Support Fun Day.
The inaugural event was first scheduled to take place in May but had to be postponed due to bad weather. However the sun shone down in abundance this time and we had many visitors to the stall including Linda Self, mayor of Trowbridge, and John Craig who was the show’s compere.
This was also the inaugural outing for the club’s marquee, which behaved impeccably when it was loaned to the event organisers to use as their refreshments tent.
A great time was had by all, particularly by our neighbours on the tombola stall who were a little raucous at times … 🙂
Last Tuesday the Devizes Rotary Club held it’s annual Presentation Evening where cheques were presented to a number of worthy causes using funds raised by the club over the last year or so. This was followed by the Club Assembly where the club’s plans for the coming year were outlined.
Below are some photos of the presentations made during the Presentation Evening. Unfortunately their quality is not great, but the photographer (me) would like to blame the ‘phone used and not himself! Nevertheless I hope they still give an insight into the great evening that was had by all.
Devizes Food bank
A cheque for £400 was presented to Peter Brearley, Trustee Chair of the Devizes Food Bank. For information about the great work done by the Food Bank, click here.
A cheque for £1,250 was presented to the Crown Centre in Devizes. Despite being in Devizes for 40 years, there are many people who don’t even know of its existence, let lone the great service it provides the community as mentioned in this press article.
Devizes Talking Newspaper
We were delighted that the man who has been producing the Devizes Talking Newspaper for almost 20 years – Alan Hollick – was at the Presentation Evening to receive a cheque for £250 for the newspaper. For an insight into the work of the newspaper click here
Devizes Hospital Community Radio
Paula Winchcombe, who is Chair of the Devizes Hospital Community Radio, was there to receive a cheque for £250 on behalf of the radio, which has been operating in and around the town for many years.
Another cheque for £250 was presented to Sheila Ashley of Alzheimer’s Support. The organisation provide information to people living with dementia and their carers, and to professionals and the general public. For further information about their work go to http://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk.
Alison received a cheque for £250 on behalf of the charity whose work is described on their website at https://juliashouse.org .
A cheque for £1,000 was given to Rotary’s End Polio campaign which, with help from partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent around the world since the first Rotary project vaccinated children in the Philippines in 1979. For further details click here .
During the year the club has donated £606 to Rotary’s own charity – the Rotary Foundation – to help tackle challenges such as global poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition.
In addition to the above donations, further funds have been made available both locally to provide hampers to families at Christmas, and internationally to help the Jana Jyoti School in Nepal.
Following the cheque presentations, a buffet was served before I outlined plans for the club over coming year. In summary the objectives for the club from July 2016 – June 2017 are:
- Continue to support local and international good causes
- Undertake more events in support of, and with the help of, specific groups
- Do more work with other community groups
- Encourage more partnerships
- Introduce new Rotary Connect scheme
Details are how these will be achieved are given in the following presentation: