Vacancies for Bereavement Volunteers In Herefordshire

Are you passionate about improving the lives of bereaved people?

Herefordshire Cruse are looking to recruit volunteers to join them in supporting those within the local community.

You don’t need to hold any specific qualifications as training is provided.

What you do need is to be a good listener, resilient, empathetic and supportive.  You need to be comfortable talking about death and grief and accept people as individuals.

There’s opportunities for ongoing training activities and to learn new skills once you have qualified.  You will have the support of a Supervisor and regular supervision sessions.  Plus you have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of services for clients within Herefordshire.

The training necessary for this role includes 4 x 4 hour core webinars and a variety of other training modules (including telephone support, trauma and self-care) plus the preparation and submission of coursework for our externally accredited Foundation Course.

It usually takes around 3 months in between submitting an application and completing the course.  Once you start taking on clients you can typically spend between 2-3 hours per week volunteering.  Currently support is offered to clients via telephone and Zoom, with some face to face sessions.

To find out more – come along to one of our Information Evening Webinars held via Zoom.  Further details, including application forms, available from sharon.hanne@cruse.org.uk

 

Bringsty Common Platinum Jubilee Celebration – 2nd June 2022

Bringsty Common Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Football pitch behind Bringsty Vintage Cafe 2:00-5:00 PM

Evening procession and beacon lighting on Jubilee Hill 9:00-10:00 PM

  • Dog Show, Games and Stalls, Live Music
  • Home-made Cakes, Refreshments,
  • Raffle, Tombola
  • Bouncy castle

(TBC)

  • Bringsty Vintage Café open: 12:00-5:00 PM
  • Live and Let Live open: 12:00-3:00 & 6:00-11:00 PM

(TBC)

Supported by Brockhampton Group and Whitbourne Parish Councils.

Police launch community messaging service

The Police have launched ‘Neighbourhood Matters’, a brand new community messaging service.

Through Neighbourhood Matters you can sign up for local police alerts; receive information about crime in your area, find out about drop-in sessions, answer surveys, and more.

You can choose exactly what type of alert you want to receive and how you receive them, whether it be via text, email or phone call.

Sign up now https://neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk/

New Meeting Centre for Veterans Living in Hereford

Featured left to right: Veterans enjoying a day out of playing gold, middle and right picture Jeff veteran.

Following the success of the pilot Hereford Veterans Dementia Wellbeing Group last year Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire are pleased to say they are launching their new Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre based at Drybridge House in Hereford. The new meeting centre will be open on Monday’s starting on 2nd August 2021.

They will be offering veteran-specific specialist days working within a Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy framework, which is proven to enhance wellbeing and maintain cognitive ability. Members will be able to get involved with a variety of activities, including things like: gardening, chocolate making, discussions and much more. Members will also be able to enjoy a hot cooked meal together and form new friendships.

The new meeting centre can also provide respite for carers. Knowing that their loved ones are well cared for can be helpful as it can provide a break from caring duties that can be overwhelming, impacting their own ability to socialise – putting a strain on family life.

Caroline Savage – Social Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager at Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this specialised support for older veterans living in Herefordshire. We know a dementia diagnosis can impact an individual’s confidence – so we will provide a safe and engaging environment that will build self-esteem and self-worth.”

 The new meeting centre will be working with local projects and organisations to build local networks and confidence to become active in their local community. If you are an organisation that would like to get involved with the new meeting centre, please get in touch with Age UK H&W.

The meeting centre will be ran from Drybridge House, St Martins St, Hereford, HR2 7SG every Monday 10:30 – 3pm. They will be offering initial free taster sessions, prices thereafter will then be £45 per person, per session.

If you would like to attend or find out more contact Age UK H&W 0800 008 6077 or referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk or visit their website.

Police Scam Information

WHY ‘SLING YOUR HOOK’?

The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:

  • They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
  • They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
  • They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
  • They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
  • They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).

We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right.  This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.

“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network.

Become a magistrate in Herefordshire

Staffordshire and West Mercia Advisory Committee is seeking applications from those interested in becoming a magistrate on the Herefordshire Bench where new magistrates are needed in the Adult Criminal Court.

These are voluntary positions; you do not need legal training or formal qualifications to become a magistrate and we are looking for applications from across the county and from all sections of the community.

Magistrates are not paid (although some allowances can be claimed), and those who are successful in being appointed must be able to attend training and sit in court for at least 13 days a year – this is a minimum requirement.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 may apply. Applications are particularly welcome from members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, people under the age of 50, people in paid employment, and people with a disability who are able, either unassisted or with the benefit of reasonable adjustments, to carry out the full range of a magistrate’s duties.

If you are interested in being considered for appointment and want to find out more about the work of a magistrate and how to apply, see: www.gov.uk/become-magistrate or email swmjco@justice.gov.uk

Applications for the Adult criminal court open on 1st August 2021 and close on September 10th with interviews being held later in the year. Prior to submitting an application at least one observation visit must be made to a magistrate’s court where magistrates [rather than a District Judge] are sitting; each visit should be for a minimum of half a day.

Magistrates will tell you what a worthwhile and rewarding position this is – as well as doing something vital within the community, friendships are formed and magistrates enjoy each other’s company.