Once again we were delighted to welcome so many people to our meeting. Over 100 people attended the meeting, held in Witchford Village Hall on 25th July.
As well as holding our Annual General Meeting we took the opportunity to support The Great Get Together, an initiative of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which aims to tackle the issues of loneliness, and has for many years been a prominent campaign of Age UK and our brand partners.
Chief Executive, Gloria Culyer gave a summary of our year 2016/2017 and presented the first report of Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, following the merger of former charities Age UK Peterborough and Age UK Cambridgeshire in April 2016.
The Annual Review and Impact Statement is a summary of the work we did during the financial year. It is a balance of facts, statistics and details demonstrating the work we do.
Gloria Culyer said "The numbers given in the report are impressive, but it is the difference made to the lives of older people which is of paramount importance."
The full report can be read in the link below as a pdf on line, you can download a copy, or you can telephone us to request a hard copy (whilst printed stocks are available). Tel: 0300 666 9860.
Space restrictions meant that only a fraction of the feedback comments we receive could be included in the report and here are a few of the things people have said about our services:
"Club day is the best day of the week, it gives me something to look forward to."
"Without my weekly telephone call I would feel less associated with the world. She listens to me and never judges me, but has assisted me in getting help when I needed it."
"I have benefitted from volunteering as much as any of those I’ve telephoned. I’ve looked forward to coming to the office to make calls, chat and see all the staff."
"I am very happy, she is now like part of the furniture. We have a laugh and joke while she does the cleaning, which is very good."
"My garden means such a lot to me and thanks to Age UK and my gardener, who is friendly, reliable and works hard, I can enjoy it knowing that it is always looking good. Delighted! Thank you."
"Thank you for the grab rails … she was so helpful and informative and also helped us to obtain Attendance Allowance."
"What would my family and I do without our village warden? My children take great comfort in knowing that if I had an accident at home or am seriously ill there is someone there who is keeping an eye on me and will let them know. I take great comfort in this too."
"….I love knitting the hats because it keeps me busy and also makes me feel like I’m still helping people and making a difference".
The Great Get Together followed and staff served beverages and cupcakes to our guests whilst music was provided by local singer/songwriter Bondy.
Thank you to everyone who came and made the event so enjoyable. Thank you for supporting our raffle which raised a fantastic amount of £163.00.
We are planning our Autumn Meeting and details will follow shortly!
Here are a few images from the meeting, more can be viewed on our Facebook page.