Gearing up for the future
7 Jun 2016
Positive Year For Girton Town Charity Reported At Parish Meeting
The last 12 months have been busy and productive for Girton Town Charity, reported Chairman Dr Robin Hiley at the Annual Girton Parish Meeting on 19th May. Read more for some of the highlights.
Now well established, this Scheme is helping Girton residents to live independently in their own homes by providing additional short-term care to suit their needs over and above any statutory care to which they are entitled. In particular it is there to assist residents to return home from hospital as soon as possible.
Requests for help are made by professionals or other referring agencies and delivered by care specialists nominated by GTC. The grant of up to £1,500 per calendar year made directly to the care provider has now been increased to £1,600.
Educational Grant Scheme
Under this Scheme, GTC helps with the cost of buying books and equipment for those studying in further and higher education. Claims totalling no more than £250 per year may be made for up to four years of study.
This Scheme is proving increasingly popular: over the last full academic year 47 individuals benefitted from the Scheme compared to 36 in the previous year.
Hospital Taxi Scheme
Aimed at helping people go by taxi to outpatient appointments at Addenbrooke’s, Brookfields or Chesterton Hospitals when alternative transport is not practical, this Scheme is provided by two Girton taxi companies: Nelson Motors and Wendy Barratt to whom GTC is very grateful.
The Scheme operates on a membership basis, with an annual registration fee of £6 and each return trip with the Village taxis capped at £7. During the 12 months to 31st March 2016, 164 residents were members, demonstrating its value to users.
Prescription Delivery Service
This service continues to be funded by GTC and is [RH1] for those Girton patients living within the Pepys Way dispensing area who are unable, through incapacity, to collect dispensed medicines from the Pepys Way or Huntington Road Surgeries.
Run in partnership with the YMCA and outstandingly led by Youth Worker Tim Shuker-Yates, the Village Youth Project is responsible for running evening club nights for primary and secondary school age groups, both of which regularly attract over 40 young people each week.
Holiday events have included bouncy castle sessions on the Recreation Ground, trips to go paintballing and Go-Karting, as well as visits to Thorpe Park, AlFresh.Co paint and graphics and Alternative London tours.
Age UK Activities
GTC supports two Age UK activities: the Community Warden Scheme and Older Residents’ Co-ordinator.
As Community Warden, Gail provides contact, support and reassurance to around 20 Villagers who subscribe to the Scheme, working closely with and providing complementary help to the work of the statutory services.
Patricia is the first Older Residents’ Co-ordinator and has spent the last year getting to understand the existing provision in the Village and meeting groups and individuals involved in supporting older members of the community.
Community Art Project
This has been a year for reflection on the Art Project following its successful launch with Holly Rumble, Artist-in-Residence. In the past few months a Walking Trail and other ideas for public and community art have been discussed.
Dr Hiley also reported on two initiatives which had not progressed as hoped during the year.
The new Community Centre at Wellbrook has seen a number of delays, most well outside GTC’s control, which has been disappointing. The Trustees have now taken legal advice and are trying to get the authorities to move faster on this project.
The Special Needs Project with Papworth Trust has not come to fruition as it has proved impossible to put a viable project plan in place. GTC has now ceased working with Papworth Trust and will review the future of the project shortly.
Dr Hiley concluded by explaining why he had used the title of ‘Gearing Up For the Future’ for his report. He said: “In the background we have been working on several other possibilities for major projects and we have good reasons to hope that at least some will come to fruition.
“I would like to thank my fellow Trustees for their amazing commitment, wise counsel and almost unlimited drive to their work for the Charity and the community. We all owe them a great debt of gratitude.”