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Memo to self

Memo to self

Well, we've done it.  Hope Trust had its first ever outing, something that doesn't appear as part of our Strategic Plan.  What does appear, however, is a process of asking the various groups we work and meet up with to complete a short questionnaire, the last question of which says 'Is there something more HT could be doing, that it currently isn't?'  Well, if you ask, people answer and so the Wednesday group said loudly 'We want an outing!'  Well, we dodged it a bit but realised we couldn't dodge the issue any more when we arrived back in the office early July to a note from the Wednesday group stating where the outing should go!  We couldn't do the south of France but what we could do was a half day ending up at Black Barns Farm in Monks Eleigh, which is exactly what we did.  A 16 seater coach was booked, filled and travelled to the wonderful air conditioned cafe at Monks Eleigh, here is the photgraphic evidence!  A great time was had by all, will we do it again?  Mmmmmm, time will tell.

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Sporting Madness?

Sporting madness?

Chatting with an elderly relative recently about what they had been watching on TV revealed that they were enthused about Wimbledon and much less enthusiastic about the Euro 16 football and not just because England didn’t do as well as hoped!  Love it or loathe it, sport is everywhere this summer – with the Olympics just around the corner hotly followed 8 days later by the start of the new football season.  Some of you will be blissfully happy about this sporting onslaught others will be reaching for a DVD box set so you don’t have to watch even a moment of it.  Either way it’s happening and there is little we can do to stop it but a lot we can do to either engage or disengage with it.

For us here at Hope Trust we are going with the flow; that means showing a sporting themed film at our film event on August 26th (10am-12noon here at Maidstone Hall) – all welcome.  We’ll also encourage as many people as we can to get moving and join in something, whether it’s the weekly exercise class that Activlives run at Walton Community Hall every Tuesday morning or something else.  Our afternoon tea planned for 22nd August may be full of sandwiches and cake, but it will give people a chance to share how their summer of viewing is going, or not! 

You see for Hope Trust, success is all about connecting with people where they are, talking about what matters to them, what’s going on in their lives at this moment and whether that is sport, or something way more serious like the meaning of life, we seek to be a listening ear, a place where they can find the right next step; to be hope bringers not joy stealers. Everything we do is open to any older person who may wish to join in and who knows, you might even enjoy it!

 

 

Tell me the old, old story

Tell me the old, old story

Recently we've noticed that, sadly, we seem to be visiting hospitals more often at the moment, attending more funerals and hearing of people we have got to know over the years starting to suffer bouts of ill health.  The good news is that our wonderful NHS is doing a great job in getting many ready for a return to their homes.  Where this hasn’t been possible it’s been good to stand with a family in their grief and share stories of how the person they have loved has also touched the lives of both ourselves and those who come along to Hope Trust activities.

We realise that the intrinsic message of what we here at Hope Trust does, why we exist never changes, however, we do need to find new ways to share this news with people, the challenge is how to do that in a new and fresh way? So that is where we currently are - trying to find new ways to share with people that the work of Hope Trust really does make a difference, seeking to reach a new group of people to swell the numbers of those who already join us so that they too can say ‘It’s been good to join you this morning, it really does make a difference.’  Ideas such as a ‘letter writing buddy,’ finding people willing to invite 3 or 4 older people to join them for afternoon tea, or copying the joining in the Bisto/Contact the Elderly initiative and inviting someone to join us/you for Sunday lunch (www.bistotogetherproject.com/sparechairsunday) are part of that new approach, as is continuing to remind everyone we meet of the good things that already take place here at Hope Trust, as well as the many, many excellent activities run by local churches, community groups and charities in the town.