Our Autumn 2016 newsletter has just been released.

We go into the Autumn with many changes occurring. We have recruited a new Manager, Nick Hindmarsh, who joined us in August and is settling in well. We have also taken on Natasha Branton and Buffy Matheson to work part-time, undertaking Health and Well-Being checks for carers. In addition, Natasha is assisting Buffy and Kate with the Young Dartmouth Project.

I am pleased to say that summer is always busy, with staff on their annual leave. This year, due to Alison’s departure in June, it proved to be extra busy, and to their great credit the staff pulled out all the stops and the work of the charity continued to its usual high standard.

We are now in discussion with the CCG/IOC concerning the re-location of Dartmouth Caring premises in tandem with the medical practice, hospital and clinic. The consultation process started on 1st September and the closing date for public comments is 23rd November. If you need postal or email addresses please do not hesitate to contact the office, and they will point you in the right direction.

As winter is approaching, I urge all of you to continue to have your flu jabs. The dates for Dartmouth are: 12/10/16 at the Flavel; 20/10/16 at Townstal Community Hall and 27/10/16 at Townstal Community Hall. Times: 8.45am – 4.00pm.

I am, as always, incredibly grateful to our volunteer drivers. Their workload is increasing constantly and at the present time we are averaging 200 trips a month.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Pam Deeley, the previous Chair of the charity. Pam was a great supporter of Dartmouth Caring and also utilised our facilities both as a carer and a client in the latter years.

Another sadness is that Rita Mann, one of our first Bridge Workers, is leaving us at the end of September. Rita has been in this role for over 6 years and has been incredibly valuable to the whole organisation. I wish her well in her retirement.

I continue to be grateful to the community of Dartmouth for their ongoing support of the charity, without you there would not be a Dartmouth Caring. Please do get in touch if you need any help or support or if you know of a friend or neighbour who may be in need.

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