We had a busy but very enjoyable meeting last night at Kesgrave Community Centre. After a quick recap on news over the last month and a report on our stand at the Kesgrave Community Showcase on Saturday, one of the founders of the Wickham Market Good Neighbour Scheme came to talk to us about their history and experiences. Their scheme started in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength to be one of the most successful of the Suffolk Schemes. It’s easy to see why as they obviously put a lot of hard work in at the beginning and continue to do so. Heading towards 1,000 calls per year, it was great to hear how they had got started, maintained momentum and how the scheme had developed according to the community’s needs. Our Chairman was busy scribbling down all the tips and we hope to put most of them into practice!
After some organisational/administrative business, including drawing up a new phone rota to take us up to after the New Year, everyone agreed that it would be a good idea to have a monthly semi social get together to swap ideas and just to meet up with fellow volunteers. Kesgrave Social Club have kindly offered us a partitioned area (near the bar!) for the fourth Wednesday of every month so we will be there from 7 30 to 9 pm on Wednesday 24th October and look forward to seeing as many of our volunteers and friends as possible. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or just wanting to know more about the scheme might find this to be the ideal environment to do so.