Elections open for ESNEFT governors

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) is inviting students with an interest in healthcare to consider standing for election to its Council of Governors.

The trust, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals together with a range of community health services, is inviting anyone who would like to get involved or has an interest in shaping services for the future to apply.

ESNEFT has nine public governor vacancies to fill and three staff positions. They are:

  • Public: Colchester – two vacancies
  • Public: Ipswich – four vacancies
  • Public: Rest of Essex – two vacancies
  • Public: Rest of Suffolk and South Norfolk – three vacancies

Anyone who is interested in standing can find more information and a nomination form at www.cesvotes.com/ESNE2020. Further help is available from the returning officer, who is available by calling 020 8889 9203 or emailing ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com.

Nominations are open until 29 September.

For more information about the role played by ESNEFT’s governors, visit www.esneft.nhs.uk/about-us/how-we-work/council-of-governors/ or contact the Membership Office.

Melton Good Neighbour Scheme – can you help?

A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary initiative run by a group of local residents who recognise the benefits of such a scheme to the community, and want to help their neighbours enjoy a better quality of life. A Good Neighbour Scheme is for the benefit of the whole of the community although it tends to be the elderly who make most use of the help available. Volunteers are encouraged to offer their services only for activities that they would feel happy and confident to carry out.

Examples of some of the services offered:

• shopping
• collecting pensions and prescriptions
• occasional cooking
• meal delivery
• walking dogs
• changing a light bulb
• moving furniture
• hanging a picture
• one off gardening
• befriending
• letter writing
• form filling

There are so many different volunteering opportunities in a Good Neighbour Scheme and you don’t have to commit to a regular time slot, you may only have an hour or two every so often, but for some tasks this may be enough!

If you’re interested in volunteering as part of your Good Neighbour Scheme in Melton please contact the Committee at meltongns@gmail.com or complete a MGNS Volunteer Record so we can collect some details from you. You can get a paper version from Melton Parish Council at Unit 17 Riduna Park . We will keep you updated with dates for your volunteer DBS check session (to ensure residents can feel safe and trust our volunteers) and volunteer training and induction (to ensure you feel confident and ready to volunteer in your community). Once these steps are complete we’ll be launching our scheme to start helping out our neighbours!

Many thanks
Melton Good Neighbour Scheme Committee

Hopkins Homes’ Suffolk Charity Vote

Suffolk residents have been given the chance to vote for one of five Suffolk-based charities shortlisted for Hopkins Homes’ Suffolk Charity Vote.

Hopkins Homes will donate a total of £10,000 split between the three charities who receive the most votes from the public (£7,000, £2,000 and £1,000 respectively).

The following shortlist has been put together by Hopkins Homes with help from the Suffolk Community Foundation and focuses on charities chiefly concerned with key themes of homelessness and displacement, deprivation and vulnerable people.

1. EPIC Dad focuses on supporting fathers, father-figures and families through the challenges of preparing for parenthood and beyond.

2. FIND offers food, personal care items, furniture, bedding and household appliances to help those experiencing poverty and isolation in Ipswich

3. Gatehouse provides services to vulnerable people in West Suffolk who are living with mental health issues including dementia.

4. Just42 delivers innovative, high-quality and professional youth and children’s work; facilitating the social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of children and young people.

5. Rural Coffee Caravan reduces loneliness and rural isolation across Suffolk via its mobile pop up community cafes, and also its MeetUpMondays network and More Than A Shop initiative, transforming isolated residents into active, social communities

The public vote will close at 5pm on Friday 13 March. We’d be very grateful if you could show support by voting at the website https://www.hopkinshomescharity.co.uk/suffolkvote

Suffolk’s Roadside Nature Reserves Project

Suffolk has been protecting rare and unusual plants and fungi through the Roadside Nature Reserve (RNR) Project since the 1970s. We have a network of volunteer wardens who do a brilliant job at helping to manage the RNRs and conserve the species on them.

We want to recognise the importance of our wardens and thank them for all they do! So we are hosting an event for them and anyone else interested in the project. Find out more and book your place.

We are looking for more volunteer wardens to help manage our verges. If you would like to get involved, or would like to find out more about the project, please email RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk. You can also find out more information at our RNR website.

Alzheimer’s Society Befriending Service – Volunteer for Ipswich Town Football Matches

The Alzheimer’s Society has developed a befriending service called Side by Side. It is through this service that they are looking for a volunteer to take a season ticket holder from Woodbridge to Ipswich Town home matches. The volunteer will enjoy free entry and free car parking. Full training and support will be provided and expenses would be paid. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Anne Cauvin – anne.cauvin@alzheimers.org.uk