Issue No.2 February 2018.
As I write this Newsletter, it is nearly February and we have so far escaped the worst of the weather. The two new boilers at Highview have been working well and the building has always been warm, [we shall deal with the heating bill later !!]. All the planned activities have taken place.
We have had necessary repairs done on the lights and there is work to be carried out on the loos. Every household has to cope with these issues. Highview, however, is a very large and tall building, so work both inside and outdoors is on a larger scale. We are so very fortunate to have the services of Hamilton Roofing to deal with outside work, and Mr Trower who comes very quickly when we report electrical faults.
One of the organisations that joined us recently, to use the offices vacated by Karen and Berkshire Carers, when they folded, is recharge R&R. They now find that there is surplus furniture in their rooms , so if anybody would like a filing cabinet or a desk, please contact me on 01628 630622.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held as usual on the first Thursday in March, so this year, it will be on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm, at Highview 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL. At present we do not have a speaker planned. We do not always have one, and have found on these occasions that we can just enjoy a relaxed meeting and have time to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee with our members and friends.
Last month, although I sent out the Membership forms with the newsletter, I did not put in a reminder that our Membership Year runs from January - December. If you have not already filled in a form and sent it to Arnold Kremenstein, our Treasurer/Membership Secretary, there is plenty of time. Further forms are available at Highview, or from me [VB], Arnold and Jeanette. Many club members prefer to hand them in at Highview on Monday or Wednesday Club nights.
There are many services available through Mencap's Head Office, to which we are affiliated and we feel that it is important that they can be used by our members. The membership fee is £2. Some members include a donation. That is very much appreciated, but not essential.
Here is a further reminder of organisations that can provide assistance:
Mencap Head Office offers a 'Wills and Trusts Service'. Call Gina on 020 7696 6925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Citizens Advice Service [CAB] has introduced 'Adviceline', that can be accessed from Monday - Friday 9am-5pm on 03444 111 444.
Signal, is the service to give support to carers. They can be contacted on www.signal4carers.org.uk and email@example.com and 01344 266088
Don't forget that we still have a few of those wonderful little tubs, provided by the Lions Clubs. They are used to contain your details- next of kin, doctor, medications, allergies etc for use by the emergency services that could be called to your home. Most people keep the tub in their fridge. Inside the tub, is a sticker for use on the entrance to your home, to advice the services that you have this information available, These tubs can save lives.
Some of our members have been a bit poorly in recent months. We understand that all are making good progress. We hope so. Our own 'information service' has suffered because Jeanette has herself been out of action for the last few weeks. She was ill with a 'flu-bug throughout the Christmas/New Year period, returned for a couple of weeks and got it again. We all send our best wishes for a rapid recovery. We all miss her- and her cakes. GET WELL SOON JEANETTE.
Monday Club continues to be a great event. Colin and his team of helpers organise evenings that they all enjoy so much. In January, they had Singing/Karaoke., when even the quietest members bravely stand up and sing to their chosen music. Then there was Chair Yoga. Everybody enjoyed doing a few exercises with music. They hope to do it again.
Bingo night is always popular. Everybody gets a prize in the end and there is great enthusiasm as they show off their rewards in the minibus on the way home.
On 29th January, Taeppas Tump, the Ladies Morris Dance Team, will be coming. This is an evening of great excitement. All club members enjoy watching the dancers and some take the opportunity to join in.
All are looking forward to the arrival and erection of the new Garden Room/Summer House. Decisions have taken a long time, but preparations have now been made- so-watch that space!!
Wednesday Club is a less energetic event, but is equally enjoyed by the members. Hugh's music for the wheelchair disco is of course very popular. Although we have several helpers, it is often necessary for the carers to assist, to enable us to give one-to-one attention. Colin and Margaret from Monday Club have been helping on most weeks and Patsy, although now living in Dorchester, manages to come frequently. We are so fortunate. Patsy often brings her string puppets and being a retired school teacher, has lots of ideas for craft. The members love to take home paper plates with ribbon threaded round the edge and stickers decorating the centre.
Doreen, who used to bring her Pets As Therapy dog, Candy, still visits whenever she has a free evening. Candy died some time ago, so Doreen, who lives in Slough, still comes to help. She is a great asset.
Highview Toy Library continues to be very popular. Two of the mums have contacted their Facebook friends and numbers have increased. Hugh comes in with me on the Tuesday evening to sort out the room and get some basic equipment out ready for the early-comers. Amber is always there really early to finish setting it all up with the mums. It is a good team effort. Toy Library is held every Wednesday from 10am-12noon, and on the first Sunday of each month from 3-5pm.
MAIDENHEAD MENCAP- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY 1st MARCH - 7.30PM
HIGHVIEW, 6 NORTH ROAD, MAIDENHEAD SL6 1PL
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