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Tree Festival

Tree Festival:

Well, here it is!  How to use a 6' ladder as a Christmas Tree - the footsteps going up the ladder say 'Relieving loneliness' 'One step at a time'  Simple, but what we try to do at Christmas time and throughout the year.  Our thanks to everyone who voted for us as the people's favourite - we came 3rd which is amazing considering not everyone understood what the tree represented!

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......

Whether you like it, or not!  Not everyone is thrilled at Michael Buble singing to them in every shop, or the 70’s pop group Slade screaming ‘It’s Cchristmasssss’ many weeks before the actual event.  Who, like us, feels that the last Christmas has only just passed and surely it can’t be time to do it all again already?!’  An older relative told us once that a sure sign of ageing is when you think Christmas comes round far way too quickly; you can substitute ‘don’t policemen look young’ and ‘the youngster (who looked about 12) in the computer shop just pressed 2 buttons and everything worked fine!’

Having just returned from an event hosted at the local Town Hall there is no doubt that the issues that face our town and the organisations that work within the community seem to be the same this year, as last year.  Issues around funding, volunteers and making sure people know exactly what help is available are perennial topics.  That being said, there is also a lot that is different; people helped to make new contacts so that they feel less isolated and lonely, people helped to learn how to cook new dishes, volunteers appointed at just the right time to start, and that’s just for us here at The Hope Trust!  Multiply that up by the work of all the churches and volunteer organisations and you arrive at a lot of people helping a lot more people, so there is good reason to rejoice, as well as to be inspired to do more. 

Here at hope trust we might not yet be playing Christmas music but we are planning how we will celebrate the season.  Taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival, making sure the residential homes have copies of the Christmas service DVD and exciting plans which will involve food, music and laughter – we’ll tell you more about that next time!

Thrown a starfish lately?

Thrown a star fish lately?  

“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.” ― Loren Eiseley

The work of Hope Trust is immense, there are a lot of older people we could help, but they don’t know who we are, and we don’t know who they are – yet.  Our work is regular, steady, ever searching to find that one older person who not only needs us but is also now ready for us to lend them a helping hand.  Whether that work is in the community or in the Residential Homes, we work slowly, methodically, trying to help as many as we can.  Of course the work is immense, but when you see people in residential homes who have previously been ‘asleep’ suddenly engaging in singing a hymn or reciting the Lord’s Prayer, you know that the work of the Song Birds and other volunteers is really, really worthwhile.  Or when a call from someone struggling with their loss allows us to speak comfort and bring hope, you know that the work we do around the issue of Bereavement is essential.  The laughter that rings out in the OFCA Coffee Lounge on a Thursday morning also demonstrates that a work can build, over time, one person at a time.  Hope Trust is here to help, question is, will you let us?