Hands Of Change spawns two new spin-off groups
new spin-off groups have been formed after the success of Burnham-On-Sea's
Hands of Change organisation.
of Change, which is based in Burnham-On-Sea, launched
last year to encourage more local social interaction and to
help people in need.
organisation has been so successful that new groups in Minehead
and Cheddar are now being formed.
Burnham group held its first community drop-in session on 1st March,
attended by over a dozen people.
were several activities on offer including indoor badminton, crafts,
basic sign language and play area for the children.
'free-to-you table' with DVDs, CDs and books was popular, and there
were several people interested in the children's clothes swap.
Brodie MBE, one of the group's volunteers, said: 'We had not expected
so much interest at our first drop-in session. It was lovely to
meet so many new people and I know we made a big difference already
to some. There were several attendees that have recently moved to
the area - and it was lovely to get some feedback from them."
next session is on Wednesday March 15th from 9am-11am at the BAY
Centre in Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea.
had a very positive affect on me. It's so lovely to have something
to look forward to," said one of those present. "I thoroughly
enjoyed myself, it was so lovely meeting everyone, can't wait for
the next one," said another. "I really enjoyed myself
and left feeling so loved. Thank you for such a warm welcome,"
end the day the group was excited to get an enquiry from a lady
in Minehead to ask if it was OK for her to set up a group there.
Of Change founder Kay Barrett added: "I am amazed, I never
thought the idea would take off and now we have a fantastic group
of volunteers in and around Burnham and also our sister group in
Cheddar Valley that are doing so well."
a third group starting in Minehead this is so much more than I could
have ever hoped for. People do want to help each other, they just
have to have a central place to start."
Cheddar Valley Hands of Change are having their first meeting on
March 25th fromn 10am - 12 with a 'meet and greet coffee morning'
at Cheddar Methodist with a children's toy and clothes table and
a display by Cheddar Food Bank.