Thanks so much to our wonderful Ruth Robinson for organising a Virtual Scavenger Hunt to raise funds for GVS during the lockdown. It was a huge success, enjoyed by all. Thank you Ruth and to everyone who supported the event.
Here is Ruth's report -
"Due to social distancing, our usual fundraising activities have been put on hold; so we held a Virtual Scavenger hunt.
Instead of collecting items, hunters took photos and entrants came from far and wide, including Australia and New Zealand. Participants had fun and team Sadler Star won after collecting the most bonus points for imaginative photos. The standard was amazing. A Guern in New Zealand won the prize for the entry from furthest away and Lucy (aged 7) from Rainbow Pros won the Logo competition.
Here are some of the fantastic photos which were sent in."
Our Bumper Easter Raffle was abruptly halted by Covid19 and the subsequent lockdown BUT in true GVS spirit, this has not stopped our Jubilee Day Centre Manager, Josie continuing to try to raise funds. She says -
"We were very grateful that Butterfield Bank and HSBC stepped in and helped us to sell raffle tickets once the Day Centre was closed so that we were still able to raise some money. They have also won some prizes and collected them from outside the porch here at Jubilee. The prizes won by our clients will be delivered to them during this week."
As you can see, we really are trying to "carry on regardless" but within the social distancing rules. It is not easy but we continue to deliver Meals on Wheels, keep in touch with our volunteers and clients and we are so looking forward to welcoming them all back to the Day Centres when it is safe to do so. Stay safe and well everyone.
Before Lockdown seems a long way in the past - but just to remind you of fun times, hopefully coming again soon, The Russels and Jubilee regularly have students on works' experience and it's such a mutually beneficial initiative, as you can see by the lovely gift recently received from Molly and Emily.
What strange times we find ourselves in. I have heard that it has been likened to the occupation! Though I would not know about that, as my Mother who was here was a mere babe in arms. Nowadays we have access to news from around the world, as a constant stream of information, so we are not that cut-off, in fact I think possibly we may listen to the news on Coronavirus too much for our own state of mind. Now that people have stopped stock piling food and more importantly toilet paper, we cannot really complain about shortages, as none of us is going to starve to death. That said, if you are aware of anyone needing MOW then a referral can be made via a health professional, see below (Looking for Help). To be appearing in the Guernsey Press shortly.
Sadly, our Day Centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future as our clients are in the at-risk group. We will be guided by Public Health as to when it is safe for us to open again.
I would like to thank all our volunteers on MOW for their support through these unprecedented times. Please follow our guidelines when delivering meals.
To the Day Centre staff Denise, Julie, Dani, Theresa, and Josie for calling the clients and Pam for sending out Newsletters. Thank you.
To the staff in the office, Sandra for keeping everything running smoothly and dealing with the influx of applications for volunteering. Sandy and Niki, our MOW coordinators, for stepping up to the mark with organising the extra rounds and additional COVID-19 volunteers. To Josie, JDC Manager, who has accepted the alternative role as woman Friday in the office and more importantly receiving the meals, which are now delivered to Jubilee, and distributing to the volunteers at a safe distance. To Chris and Digimap for the printout of maps for all the MOW clients, which makes life easier for our stand-in volunteers. Finally, Bill who is cleaning the MOW cars, making sure they have full tanks and for running the empty food boxes back up to the hospital. THANK YOU.
All of you, Volunteers and Staff, make me very proud to be GVS Manager and I thank you and applaud you.
Keep safe and keep sane.
Looking for help?
We are looking for someone to fill the role of GVS Transport Administrator. This is a salaried position.
Have a good telephone manner with good communication skills.
Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and e mail).
Hold a driving licence and have use of a car to use, if required, to transport clients.
Hours – minimum requirement of 10 hours per week with additional hours as and when needed. Normal hours would be Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 11:00 but flexible times and some duties could be done from home if required.
To apply or for more information please contact GVS Manager, Mandy Le Bachelet on 247518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is May 31st 2019.