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External Events and Campaigns

From time to time the PACT web master receives requests from organisations outside those involved in PACT requesting that we advertise events and campaigns taking place both locally and nationally.

After consultation with the PACT Chair and Secretary the web master will add details of these events and campaigns to this page of the web site. Some of these will be well out of the PACT area so it may not be practicable to attend them but it is hoped that local Christian will pray for them.

Below you will find brief details of these activities, listed in ascending date order; some will have links to other pages on this web site, others will lead to external web site.

PACT is not responsible for the content of external sites.

EHDC Older Person's Summit

Invitation from Councillor Adam Carew, Portfolio Holder for Welfare & Wellbeing, EHDC
County Councillor - Whitehill, Bordon and Lindford Division, District and Town Councillor - Whitehill, Walldown

Cllr Adam Carew formerly invites you to:EHDC Older Person's Summit

- a one day conference - calling all community organisations and local charities involved in caring for the elderly in East Hampshire ..... A day of workshops, presentations and networking for Care Organisations, Charities and Community Groups.

This exciting initiative is the first of its kind in East Hampshire and has been set up by EHDC’s new Welfare portfolio holder Cllr Adam Carew and Team to bring together all key organisations who care for older persons in East Hampshire.

The day will show case a number of projects that EHDC currently provide as well as those from leading care organisations operating in East Hampshire. It will explore what initiatives and services are currently out there, where there are gaps and examine how we can all work more closely together avoiding duplication. Each organisation will be offered a stall to show case their work in our “market hall” with plenty of opportunity for networking. Lunch will be provided with tea and coffee served throughout the day.

The Older Persons Summit will take place from 9.30am until 4.15pm on Tuesday 15th May in the Council Chamber at East Hampshire District Council offices, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX

In order to determine numbers please respond to the lead officer, Rebecca Probert by Monday 9th April with the following information...

  • The names of people attending from your group / organisation
  • Any special dietary requirements?
  • Would you like a market stall to show case your organisation
  • If so how much space will you need?

If you would like to discuss the event in more detail, or you know of groups who you feel should be included in the invitation, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

We hope you will join us for the day and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Adam Carew and Rebecca Probert.

East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place, Petersfield GU31 4EX
e-mail: Rebecca.probert@easthants.gov.uk
Direct Tel: 01730 234185
Mobile: 07720 076276

Havant and East Hants Mind

We will be starting the Havant and East Hants Mind drop in on Monday 21st May 9:30 to 11:30am at The Salvation Army in Petersfield. It will be an opportunity for people to receive advice and information, I will have leaflets and referral forms if anyone wishes to refer themselves to the service. There will also be tea and coffee available and the opportunity to speak to other clients of Mind.

Best wishes
Lucy Whittle
Community Development Officer (Petersfield, Liss and Surrounding villages)

Direct Dial: 01730 234278

Please note my working days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Age Concern Petersfield: Volunteer Minibus Drivers needed

We are in need of volunteer minibus drivers to drive once a month. We provide much needed transport to our lunch club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and transport into town on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Most drivers pick one of these runs and drive every 3-4 weeks so it is not too onerous. We also have a programme of afternoon summer outings where you could volunteer to drive for some of these too.

Our passengers are so appreciative of this service as it enables them to get out and about. We would provide a full induction and MIDAS training.

If you would like to know more please contact Sheridan Rocher on

 

Community First

Community First is a registered Charity. They aim to be the difference that makes a difference in our local communities. Community led and people powered, they work across sectors with community members to affect positive change and be a force for good.

They are passionately committed to creating a strong, influential and thriving voluntary and community sector because we know the difference it makes to people’s lives.
Our Members

They are an independent membership organisation with a diverse membership of over 600 member organisations. We believe that we are all stronger by working together. We welcome new members and their involvement in our work. Membership is free to voluntary and community organisations who operate in the areas that we serve.

Dementia Friendly Petersfield

Imagine a town where people living with dementia feel understood and comfortable, a place where more businesses and services understand how to help those affected by dementia, and a group of organisations working together to help make the town truly dementia friendly.

Welcome to Dementia Friendly Petersfield.

The human impact of dementia is enormous and so are the numbers - 850,000 people in the UK are estimated to have a form of dementia, with up to 2,000 people in Hampshire living with the condition.

Dementia Friendly Petersfield aims to increase the awareness and understanding of dementia amongst businesses in the town, so those affected feel more supported by the business and services they rely on.

Businesses make a pledge to enable key staff to become Dementia Friends. This can be done either by attending a free information session, which lasts just one hour, or by watching a video at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Dementia Friendly Petersfield is actively supported by organisations across the town, including East Hampshire District Council, Petersfield Town Council, the Petersfield Post, Hampshire Constabulary, Petersfield Area Churches Together (PACT), Princess Royal Trust for Carers, the Winton House Centre, Dementia Friendly Hampshire, Waitrose and Local Treasures.

Home Library Service

Nicolette Morgan writes:

I am a Home Library Service Coordinator for Hampshire Library Service, and I am raising awareness of our free Home Library Service and Dementia resources that are available across the county including from all the libraries in East Hants.

We are actively looking for more people who might benefit from the Home Library Service, however as I am sure you can appreciate it is those who would benefit from the service most that we find difficult to get the information to. I have attached a couple of e flyers for your information:

Please feel free to forward them on along with my contact details if needed. NB the resources listed in the Dementia flyer are available for all library users, not just those living with Dementia.

If you have any questions, do get in touch.

Kind regards,

Nic
Nicolette Morgan

Lead Home Library Service Coordinator,
Based at Waterlooville Library
The Precinct, Waterlooville, Hants, PO7 7DT
Tel. 07561 287658 or 02392 252608 ex 292217
nicolette.morgan@hants.gov.uk
Working Hours - Mon to Thurs 8.30am – 5pm
Web Site: www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/servicesforyou/homelibraryservice

Please note that I am not always at my base location during these times

Christian Holidays

The Christian Holiday People are very pleased to offer you a range of Christian fellowship holidays in the UK and overseas.

Each of our well thought out tours, holidays and breaks gives you the opportunity to share your holiday in fellowship with other Christians. You will be guided by our experienced holiday leaders who, besides the tour itinerary, organise daily times of prayer and worship.

New holidays will be added to the website regularly. If you would like to receive brochures that we publish periodically, please contact us.

We have a reputation for helping people meet and make new friendships on memorable holidays or conferences, friendships which have lasted the rest of their lives.

We are committed to helping you find re-creation in the real sense of the word, both physically and spiritually, through a varied holiday and short break programme of outings, fun activities and times of worship, prayer and fellowship.

Our aim is to promote and extend the Christian faith by offering holidays organised on a Christian basis and without denominational bias.

www.christianholidays.co.uk

Neighbourhood Prayer Network

The Neighbourhood Prayer Network aims to see every street in the UK covered in Christian prayer. We hope to encourage as many Christians as possible to be not only pray, but get to know their neighbours. We live in times where with the click of a mouse, we can communicate half way around the World, and yet most of us do not know our neighbours living on our own street.

Most of our streets have people who suffer from loneliness, or social exclusion; there are estimated to be 1.7 million housebound people in the UK who rarely see a relative or friend. Loneliness is epidemic across generations, whether it is single parents, people who have suffered a relationship breakdown, or even children. We believe prayer combined with Christians following the teachings of Jesus and loving their immediate neighbours, could transform our nation and help end this epidemic of loneliness.

Statistically there are at least two Christians living on around 260,000 streets in the UK. Imagine what a difference we could all make if we simply took responsibility for praying for and caring for those living on our own street. Will you join us?

We seek to work with churches across denominations and any similar ministries. See our partner page for details.

We ask Christians to:

  • Pray for their neighbours
  • Care for their neighbours
  • Share their faith with their neighbours (if opportunities present)

Neighbourhood Prayer Network web site

Christian Flatshare

Christian Flatshare is a website that seeks to bring together those offering accommodation and those who are seeking accommodation. There is no fee for the service and the options are very flexible.

www.christianflatshare.org

Winton House Memory Cafe

Winton House, 18 High Street will be running a Memory cafe on the third Wednesday of the month, from 2:00 pm to 3:300 pm. It will be held in the Pop In tea room, with events and support for dementia sufferers and their families.

The cafe is being run by Winton House volunteers with input from the Alzheimer Society.

Winton House Bingo

Winton House, 18 High Street will be running Bingo on the last Friday of the month, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. It will be held in the Pop In tea room.

We do not play for cash, but mostly chocolate! There is a cost of £1 for six games, with a short break for a cup of tea. We have a regular group of mostly elderly ladies who come along. Transport can be provided by contacting Winton House to pre book.

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Trinity Local

Trinity Local, which is an evening congregation of Trinity Church Liphook, holds a service in the hall of Petersfield United Reformed Church every Sunday night (except the first Sunday of each month ). We started 8th February 2015. Refreshments are served from 6.00pm and the service starts at 6.30pm.

Churches Together with Hard of Hearing People

Churches Together with Hard of Hearing People was initiated, several years ago, by Robert Sanday who, at the time, was the Priest for the Deaf for the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocese. A colleague of Maggie Short, Kay Murray, pointed out to Robert that there were many more people who are deafened (that, is have had speech and have now lost their hearing – but want to stay in the hearing world) than are Deaf (born deaf, living/working in the Deaf world and using sign language) so he expanded his brief.

We started by offering services which were accessible to people with hearing loss – also produced leaflets for churches, detailing simple things they could do to make their services available to people with hearing loss – offering to go and talk to Parish Committees etc. etc. ... mostly, I must say, on the other side of Hampshire.

We were only ever four of us:. Robert (Church of England), Kay (Church of England), John (Baptist), Me (Maggie) (Roman Catholic), and the last few years it has usually only been Kay and me, with sometimes John as well.

Robert’s Bishop then changed his remit and would only allow him one day a week for his work with Deaf parishioners so he had to draw back and retrench – the result is that we have just settled for doing these services that I am asking your support with, at Christmas.

Maggie works with people who have lost, or are losing, their hearing and runs ‘Lip reading and Managing Hearing Loss’ sessions ... one in six of the population have hearing loss – there are a lot of people struggling out there – she is keen that they should know they are not alone, that there is support available.

See her website www.lipreading.net – although that is not specifically church related of course.

The Acorn healing centre is opening its doors every Wednesday so that anyone can go and spend time there with God.

Tea and coffee are available (50p) and if you staying all day please bring packed lunch. Prayer times 9:00am, 12:00 noon, and 4:00 pm which you can join if you want. The grounds are also available for your use.

For over 30 years Acorn has been helping churches to bring healing and wholeness to people and communities.  Acorn provides people, regardless of their circumstances, background or life choices, with the opportunity to experience the "shalom" that is at the heart of the Christian message.

As well as working with churches, Acorn has trained hundreds of Christians across the UK who volunteer in hospital chaplaincy, police stations, food banks, Street Pastors, in GP surgeries, universities and youth work.

Visit the Acorn Healing Centre web site

 

Loneliness service can get by with a little help from its friends

A service that provides companionship for isolated people now needs a few friends of its own, says East Hampshire District Council’s Chairman.

The Age Concern Cowplain Befriending Service has offered a way out of loneliness and isolation for hundreds of older people around the area.

But EHDC’s Chairman, Cllr Lynn Evans, says the service needs support from local people if it is to keep going.

Studies show that loneliness can have as serious an impact on your health as smoking or obesity – so being socially active is as important to your health as being physically active.

Cllr Evans said: “There’s a section of society that is socially isolated and this service is able to identify those people and to help them directly.

“It is a wonderful service that has helped so many people over the years but it is reliant on grant funding and volunteers and desperately needs more help.”

Launched by the Horndean Older Person Forum in 2008 the Befriending Service was expanded to include Horndean and Clanfield in 2014.

It is aimed at older people who have become isolated or lonely for any reason, whether through a recent bereavement, loss of mobility or a simple loss of confidence.

‘Befrienders’ are chosen to visit people on a weekly basis and attend local groups or societies with them to build confidence and help them back into the community.

The service is run by Liz Wood, Manager of Age Concern Cowplain.

She said: “It’s all about re-engaging people with their community so they live their lives rather than merely exist inside their own four walls.

“People can find themselves stuck at home and that can have a serious impact on their mood. It also means they become more likely to visit the doctors and use local health care as they use it as a way of finding social interaction. This becomes an extra burden on the NHS, which is fully stretched as it is.

“Our befrienders do a fantastic job. Visiting someone, talking to them and helping them get out can really change someone’s life. It gives them a terrific sense of purpose and it gives the befriender a wonderful feel-good factor.”

The Befriending Service is wholly reliant on grants and costs about £12,000 a year to run. More money is always needed to keep the scheme going, as are more volunteer befrienders.

Syliva Bewers, of Clanfield, was referred to the scheme by Age Concern Hampshire.

She received visits from her befriender in 2015. At the time she was stuck indoors, and isolated. She did not know where to go to find some company.

Her befriender advised her to join the Age Concern lunch club and came with her a few times to help her settle in. Now, over two years later the Friday lunch club is a key date on her social calendar!

“Now I come here I know that people will look out for me and I feel much happier and more secure. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with other people. Your problems don’t seem so big when you tell other people about them.

“I always look forward to Fridays now - it’s the highlight of my week!”

Cllr Evans said: “The Befriending Service does a magnificent job but it always needs more help both in terms of volunteers and funding.

“Loneliness is one of the issues in society that we should be working on, not least because it is one of the things we can really do something about.

“It’s a horrible situation for people to be in and it is so unnecessary. The Befriending Service has proved that you can successfully help people, but we really need to keep it going and support it in any way we can.”

Photo caption: Liz Wood, Manager of Age Concern Cowplain, Sylvia Bewer, Cllr Lynn Evans, Chairman of East Hamphsire District Council

Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030

 

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