Last year we met 22 new carers providing them with speakers giving up to date information. Not sure what happened this year as we've had 23 carers just on the spring course alone. Hopefully word is spreading about Oakley Friends.

I would like to thank the committee for all their help over the last year, they all do an excellent job in making Oakley Friends run smoothly and it's a joy to be Chairman with such a lovely team to work with. I would also like to welcome Ann Cole who joined us a few months ago, as an x full time Carer who attended one of our courses Ann definitely has a wealth of experience.

A big thank you to all the carers donations in the last year and special thanks to Lorraine Waite for her very generous donation given to us at the Christmas Party. Also the Digby Trust who helped us again with a donation to help pay for the hall.

In the last year the monthly meetings have been well attended, this is very rewarding for us as there are more of you coming back to see us. We strive to try and choose speakers not necessarily talking about Dementia but speakers talking about interesting subjects.

The Christmas Party was attended by 53 carers and their loved ones, it was a very joyous occasion and with the Christmas music it was a good way to spend a few hours in a lead up to Christmas.

Also the Cream Tea last year at Stewart's in Holt was delicious, with 47 carers attending. With such a lovely sunny day , what could be better.

I would especially like to thank Jen for organising these two events and  the time and effort it takes to make sure everyone is happy and has enough Christmas dinner or scones and tea etc. 

The highlight of this year was receiving a Civic Award. The presentation took place on a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon at Upton House. Unfortunately myself, Judy James and Ann Cole were unable to attend, but Ann Nicoll, Wendy and Jen were there to represent Oakley Friends. The Mayor of Poole presented a lovely clock and after a few speeches a delicious cream tea was served. As for me, and I'm sure the rest of the committee, it means so much that we can help carers in some way and to receive the Award was the icing on the cake.

To finish, I would  just like to say it's been a joy to meet such a lot of lovely people.
Many Thanks to you all.

Judy Barnes.