Time Bank members have been busy this month with all sorts of exchanges. No matter how big or how small an exchange may seem, they all help someone somewhere and just make life that bit better. Some of the exchanges have included:
- Weekly lifts for members of the Friendship Club
- Home visits
- Hospital visits
- Gardening to enable a gentleman living with Dementia to continue to be active
- Fixing the elastic in a pair of shorts
- Selling raffle tickets for the Carnival Committee on Saturday mornings, which the proceeds support many local groups in the village
- Running the information tent on Carnival Day
- Making Twiddlemuffs for people living with Dementia and Anxiety
- Facepainting at our Family Picnic last week
- Helping someone inspired by the Open Gardens to chop down an overgrown conifer
- Removing an old trellis and putting up a new one in someone’s garden
- Escorting someone to a hospital appointment
We are not here to replace paid trade and always try to find local professionals if a job is too big or needs an expert. Our gardening exchanges are not only about the work done, but provide a social situation for people to meet up and keep active. Due to ill health and people returning to work we are desperately short of people able to help us on these exchanges. If you are good with a spade, can tell your weeds from your perennials, please get in touch. We need your help!
We are delighted to announce that Somersham Parish Council, with the support of the Time Bank, has been successful in securing essential funding from Cambridgeshire’s Community Innovation Fund. We are going to develop a project to create a positive programme of activities to improve the lives of local people in Somersham and surrounding villages living with long term neurological conditions such as, but not exclusively, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke and Dementia, and for their carers.
It will include sessions specifically aimed at improving the quality of life; the variety of sessions may include dance, chair exercises, music and singing. We will be working with various support organisations to ensure we provide the most suitable activities and contacts for professional people to undertake these activities. We hope that through these groups we can help to create a local network, connecting people together.
In addition, we will make Somersham Nature Reserve more accessible for local people with dementia, other neurological conditions, depression and anxiety through developing a range of natural health interventions that will provide positive and beneficial experiences for these people. This is to based on the Forest Schools principle.
We need your help to ensure we are delivering a service that you feel will help you, your friends and family. We are also looking for local people, businesses and organisations who may be able to support this project. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in this simple online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2C96PY9
We are joining forces with Time Banks across Cambridgeshire to help raise funds for our Time to End Loneliness Crowdfunder. Call in to the Baptist Church on Somersham High Street from 10am-12pm. Bring a friend or neighbour #UnLonely. Find out more about the campaign here Time to End Loneliness