We are highly
focused on the community we serve and are committed to matching
our services to the real needs of local people. When we consider
new services we are careful to ensure that they are consistent
with this commitment. Here are some of the activities most in
demand in the Southwold area.
or old, with or without a disability, may ask for transport on
certain journeys for which neither a family car, nor any form
of suitable public transport is available. Medical appointments,
shopping trips, visits to relatives at home or in hospital, lifts
to link with public transport... Any of these may qualify.
befrienders visit the housebound and lonely, help with shopping,
type and read for the blind and sight-impaired, assist with correspondence
and even sometimes walk dogs and tidy gardens.
may offer to 'sit in' so that a caring relative can take a break.
VHC’s latest initiative is a weekly Lunch Club. Held on
Thursday at the Southwold Stella Peskett Millennium Hall, it provides
an opportunity to socialise informally over morning coffee and
afterwards to enjoy a light lunch. For many elderly and disabled
residents in particular it is a much valued chance to stay in
touch with friends and the wider community. Around 35 local people
regularly attend, some every week, others on an occasional basis.
Transport is provided for those who need it. The price of just
£5 per head is made possible with the support of a team
of rotating volunteers.The Lunch Club is proving very
popular indeed and is regarded by the trustees as a natural and
highly appropriate development of the Charity’s core services.
Afternoon Tea with a Musical Interlude Club
In April, 2013 we started holding ‘Afternoon Tea with a musical interlude’ on the last Friday of each month (excluding August and December) at Pitches View in Reydon. Between 35 and 40 people join us. (approximately half are residents from PV and half come from Southwold and Reydon). We have a mini bus available to transport those who are unable to make their own way there. For the cost of £3.00, a tea of sandwiches, savouries and cakes are served from 3 pm and we round off the afternoon with a ‘musical interlude’. This is proving to be a very popular venture and booking is essential.