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.