We are a small, low-profile group who visit local people whose names are passed to us from a variety of sources. If you would like to give us the name of someone who is in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity,
Reflections on the year
Alison and Andrew Ricketts
This started in May with the launch of our “social walking” initiative. The uptake for this was not huge but I think it was
important to offer the help and at least start the conversation that some people may well be finding it hard to get out again. We
are considering relaunching this when the current numbers decline.
Unfortunately the continuing high numbers of Covid cases have meant that plans to bring back Chatter Cafe and potentially to
launch a Chatter lunch club are also on hold.
We are still contacting our visitees by phone. In line with many other organisations we still deem face to face meeting unwise
especially given the level of vulnerability of the people we support.
At Christmas we sent each of our visitees a card and gave presents to our more isolated visitees thanks to the generosity of our
congregation. We produced a one-off Christmas edition of Chatterbox (the newsletter we produced during the winter lockdown
of 2020 to offer more support to our visitees) so that we could share some pictures of the Christmas trees at the All Hallows
Christmas Tree Festival.
One of our recruits from the community stood down as she is planning on moving out of the area. We have 18 volunteers
although some people are not currently active and we are supporting 14 visitees.
Our Church and our community are grateful to Alison and Andrew Ricketts for their work in developing and co-ordinating the above schemes. They will be the first to say that they could not do it without their team of supporters. Our thanks go to them too. The basket is a small token of our appreciation.