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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham - August 2017

Follow the yellow brick road

Two of our affiliated groups are currently busy building scarecrows for the Maltby Town Council Scarecrow competition which is being held in the town during 14th – 18th August.


Once finished, the scarecrows will be displayed outside houses and businesses around the area to create a Maltby scarecrow trail before going on display at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall on Saturday 19th August. During the week they are on show, members of the public will get to vote on their favourites and judge which is the best scarecrow. The winning scarecrow will be announced at the Horticultural show and we’ll let you know how the two EngAge Rotherham groups get on in the next Spotlight.Redwood group getting started with their Dorothy scarecrow


Our Redwood group (pictured) are creating Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Complete with plaits, a blue dress and red shoes, Dorothy will be positioned on a yellow path by the vegetable garden outside the Redwood Centre. After the competition and her trip to the Edward Dunn building, there are plans for Dorothy to click her red shoes together and return to the garden at the centre to protect the growing number of vegetables that the group are cultivating. 


As well as making scarecrows and growing vegetables (pictured below right), the group take part in quizzes, hold crafts sessions, have natter over a drink and a biscuit and have recently opened a quiet/counselling room with the support of the local church.

Redwood group meet on a Monday morning and

sessions cost just £1 to attend.


Redwood group's vegetable garden

The grandchildren of our Bevan group have started work on a very different scarecrow with an Age UK Rotherham theme to it. Their scarecrow will also be positioned outside their building for people to come and visit. The  group meet on Thursday mornings and offer quizzes, discussions and a sing-song. However, this popular group is currently full  and can’t accept any new members at the moment.


Also in EngAge in June:

A new community connector volunteer started running session in the south of the borough. Look out for her at sessions in Harthill, Kiveton, Todwick and Wales.


The EngAge Rotherham team took part in the Digital Inclusion meeting, the Volunteer Coordinators Forum, the Rotherfed Tenants Conference, the Clinical Commissioning Group annual general meeting and the ‘big walk’ debrief meeting.


We compiled our year in volunteering document – see here for more details.


We held a conversation about what it means to be lonely and how we can challenge Loneliness at our Bevan group. If you are interested in holding a loneliness conversation at your group and would like to book a member of EngAge Rotherham staff to attend  please call 01709 910 699.