3Cs – Colne Caring Community
Time flies so quickly! This time last year, I was writing to let you know about the introduction of a Good Neighbour Scheme for Colne. The last 12 months have far exceeded what we hoped was possible. We’ve been mentioned on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and even a brief glimpse on BBC local TV. And it seems that 2018 is going to be even bigger and better!
We have held monthly tea/coffee events at Colne Community Village Hall which have been very popular. Within some of these sessions we also had talks on ‘Fire Safety’ and ‘Behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey’. Early in the year we introduced some knitting activities at one session. Wow! What did that start? Twiddlemuffs (an aid for dementia sufferers) were soon being produced. Some of these went straight out to those villagers that we thought would benefit. I also put a message on Facebook for any unwanted wool or craft items. We soon had 3 sacks of wool, a large selection of knitting needles of every size and description, patterns, ribbons, beads and lots of other crafty goodies. We moved on to producing woolly hats and scarves that were added to the Christmas shoe boxes that go overseas. Our latest project is creating knitted/crocheted Poppies that can be an alternative for Remembrance time. At this point, I should add that if you have any wool or ‘crafty’ type items that are gathering dust – yes please! We can make use of them.
It’s not just knitting we do. At one session, we had a very busy team making bunting that has been used to decorate events on several occasions.
A newer initiative is the ‘3Cs Garden Gang’. In November we took over the role of looking after the beds around St Helens Church. We’ll soon be planting seeds for bedding and veg to support our work. We’re aiming to help the Community of Colne wherever we can.
We’ve held a few weekend events – the Jo Cox Great Get-together in June, our Mingle & Jingle in December. Both well attended giving visitors a chance to enjoy tea and cake with neighbours and find out what we do. Our MacMillan Coffee morning was fantastic and enabled us to send off a cheque for £216.13 to MacMillan. Thank you for your support!
Some of our team have been able to attend Council run events regarding Community Groups. At one these, news of the work that 3Cs does came to the attention of Andy Nazer. Andy is the England Campaign Manager for the ‘Campaign to End Loneliness’ which is funded by the Big Lottery. What are we doing in Colne is exactly the type of project he is keen to promote, hence the Radio and TV involvement. We keep him updated with what we’re up to and we’re hoping he’ll be visiting us soon.
As a group, we’ve been very fortunate to have been given other things. Budgens of Bluntisham and Somersham Tesco ensured we were able to serve strawberries and cream during the Village Festival. CJ Kitchens, Bluntisham, donated a larder unit meaning our items are stored neatly within the Village Hall. The team behind the Village Festival added £300 to our funds. More recently, St Ives Rotary Club presented us with a cheque for £500. This generosity means that our much desired second monthly session is much closer.
For some time now the team has wanted to run an additional, more activity based session each month. Some ideas are crafternoons, card games, dominoes, Scrabble, chair-based exercise, music time. We will shortly be holding a team meeting to put together a programme. Watch out for a newsletter coming through your door with details very soon. Let us know if you have anything you would like to see included.
We work closely with Cambs Care Network and with their guidance we soon hope to offer other services – befriending etc. Some of our team will shortly be undergoing training for this. We explored the possibility of including a car scheme but as there are already several available locally we decided to use our efforts elsewhere. Care Network has also done evaluation for us and we’ve had some heart-warming feedback. ‘Getting us out of the house to meet friends and make new ones.’ ‘It’s improved a lot since we first started coming.’ ‘You are always made to feel welcome’.
In summary, it’s been a busy, exciting and fulfilling initial 12 months. Dates of sessions already booked are below. If you’d like a lift, give Cheryl a call on 740801 and she’ll arrange it.
Watch out for our posters and newsletters with further details of events. If you’d like to know more or would like to join us you’ll be made very welcome.
Cheryl Pomfret, Very Proud Chair of 3Cs – Colne Caring Community
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