One Community Celebrates 35th Anniversary
One Community celebrated 35 years of providing services and promoting voluntary activity at its AGM on 24 September. Guest speaker Ian Murray, Editor of the Southern Daily Echo, entertained guests from One Community 's membership of voluntary and community groups with anecdotes from his career in journalism, but also had some serious points to make about the role of the regional press in community life.
The AGM agenda included two workshops: Do I need to get my volunteers DBS checked?, and Ten Tips for Trustees, and two new nominees were officially welcomed as Friends of One Community - former Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, and retiring One Community trustee Mike Carreras who stepped down after many years of service to the charity.
Current Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcolm Cross, chaired the proceedings, which were held at the Underhill Centre, St John's Church, Hedge End, on Tuesday 24 September. Sri Kandiah, Chair of One Community, Guest Speaker Ian Murray and the Mayor together cut the 35th anniversary birthday cake.
Sri Kandiah (Chair of One Community), Ian Murray (Editor of the Southern Daily Echo) and the Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Malcolm Cross cut the 35th anniversary birthday cake.
Carers Will Receive Continued Support Throughout Eastleigh!
They are the unsung heroes of our community who sacrifice their lives to care for their loved ones and today the hard work and dedication of these Carers has been recognised with a lottery lifeline.
One Community Carers Centre has been awarded £325,000 over three years to continue providing vital information and support services for the 12,721 Carers recently identified in Eastleigh (Census 2011) from the Big Lottery Fund. The project will offer carers aged 8+ one-to-one support, information and advice, counselling, the chance to meet others and enjoy a well-deserved break at drop-in sessions, outings and events - and more - to enhance their quality of life and help them manage their caring role.
Lucy Sams, Carers Centre Manager, said, "We are very fortunate to have received this funding for another three years, so we can continue to support local people caring for loved ones, especially in the current economic climate where people are going to be needing even more information and access to services."
Jo Newcome, Manager of Eastleigh Young Carers, said: "This is great news, the funding is a fantastic boost and means Carers can continue to receive the support offered by One Community Carers Centre and allow us to identify many more struggling and hidden Carers in Eastleigh."
A young carer in Eastleigh aged 12 said, "I am really pleased that Eastleigh Young Carers can continue to support me. It has made a real difference and I am able to cope with things a lot better."
An adult carer, caring for a son with autism, said, "This is an invaluable service to our community - many of us don't know what we would do without it. With the Carers Centre receiving 3 more years of funding, I know I and many other will continue to feel supported and less alone."
For more details, contact One Community Carers Centre on 023 8090 2404 or email@example.com web: www.1community.org.uk
Volunteers Week Certificate Presentation
The theme for national Volunteers' Week 2013 (1-7 June) this year was "Time to say thank you" and Volunteer Centre Eastleigh did just that at a Certificate Presentation in the Mayor's Parlour at Eastleigh Civic Offices on Wednesday 5 June.
Forty-eight volunteers, who live or volunteer in the Borough of Eastleigh, were nominated by 11 voluntary organisations to receive certificates from the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcolm Cross. The presentation was a formal acknowledgement by the mayor that volunteering makes a crucial contribution to binding our communities, building cooperation and trust between individuals and helping to make our communities better places in which to live and work.
Eleven organisations were represented at the presentation this year: Eastleigh Good Neighbours, Eastleigh Healthwalks, Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh Shopmobility, Signposts Mailing Group, Home-Start, Lifeline, The Multi-Arts Group from Wildern School, and One Community Day Centres, Transport and Community Development.
Photographic Competition 2013
Please join with One Community and our sponsors First Wessex Housing and take part in a borough wide photographic competition to celebration how special your neighbourhood is. It is not about how beautiful it is but what happens within it.
We will be looking for pictures taken during 2013 that show why your neighbourhood is remarkable.
• Highlight how it can be fun to live here
• Show how people care about their local community
We need pictures that ‘speak a thousand words!'
The winning pictures will be judged by panel of judges and prizes awarded at One Community's AGM on 24th September 2013.
1st Prize - £100 for the photographer
2 runners up prizes of £50 for the photographers
How to Enter
You don't need to be a professional! Just contact One Community for an entry form. We can only accept electronic images. Images submitted should be a maximum of 8" x 6" (20cm x 15cm) 2000 x 1500 pixels and no larger than 1 mega byte (as you'll crash our system!) Images can be colour or black and white - the choice is yours! You must be the author of all parts of your photo. Stock photos are forbidden. Photo must be in JPEG format. Please no borders or text
Please ensure you send no more than 1 image per entry and a maximum of 2 entries per photographer. Almost as important as the image is the title of your picture - please ensure the image is clearly labelled with an identifiable title.
Closing Date: Noon on Monday 9th September 2013
Please note - it is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure that the images entered into the competition can be publicly displayed via a variety of mediums.
Please follow this link to download an entry form