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CALLING VOLUNTEERS: Dementia cafe among new Amersham and Chalfonts community projects

 Published on: 1st September 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Amersham & Villages Community Board are reaching out to the local community for their ideas for projects that will benefit residents in Amersham, Chesham Bois, Coleshill, and Little Chalfont.

The Board have a budget of £89k to support community and voluntary groups in the area with projects that improve outcomes for residents.

This year there is a new Small Grant process which enables small groups to access funding for projects below £1,000. These small amounts of money can be used for various things like equipment, coaching or training, community events and activities.

The Board are recruiting volunteers for their community projects, Café 22 and Grow to Give.

Café 22 is a dementia support service helping those with memory loss and their carers on a weekly basis at St George’s Church Hall in Little Chalfont. The guests, carers and volunteers involved, have all expressed how much they enjoy the sessions and always come away with a smile on their face.

The Board are in discussion with the management committee and Social Prescribers in Amersham to expand the group to support those with memory loss and their carers from Amersham Health Centre and Rectory Meadow Surgery, with a view to eventually setting up a separate session in an Amersham Town Centre location.

Helen Tyers who set up the café with a great deal of support from the community, said: “Both guests and carers have said how much they value the friendly atmosphere and, as well as the activities, the opportunity to just get together and share an experience.”

If interested in attending, please phone Helen on 01494762395 or email her at tyers6sf@btinternet.com

The Grow to Give project is all about ensuring that despite the increased cost of living, all families and individuals in our community can still access healthy food.

Allotment and private garden growers in the area are kindly donating surplus freshly grown fruit and vegetables for the benefit of others in need. The donations are dropped off at the Buckinghamshire Council Amersham office (the back entrance of King George V building (top town) – the car park side) every week and are available to be collected between 10am and 3pm on Monday’s.

Chair of the Community Board Mark Dormer said: “A huge thank you for all the donations to the scheme so far and tremendous support from across the community to get this initiative going. Local growers have been extremely generous, and the donated vegetables and fruit has been gratefully received by those who are finding things particularly challenging at the moment.”

If you would like to submit a new project idea, or if you’d like to find out more or volunteer to help with an existing project get in touch at amersham@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

 

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