We are a group of women who meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 8 pm, unless otherwise stated, and our aims are:
* Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community
* Raising funds for our four charitable causes for this year – John Turner House (residential respite care), Lowestoft Women’s Refuge, Myeloma Research and Suffolk Family Carers.
All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !) and visitors pay £2.00 on the door. Please contact our leader Marilyn Cheeseman for further information on Tel. 01502 528526 or just come along.
OUR LATEST MEETINGS….
There was much excitement as members settled down to a BINGO NIGHT on the 2nd May but complete silence as the numbers were drawn, each member hoping they had the lucky numbers. The fortunate members went home with a variety of prizes including wine, biscuits and chocolates. Marilyn thanked Gaye for organising such an enjoyable evening.
Susie Stephens was our speaker on the 16th May talking about Suffolk Family Carers, a charity we are supporting this year, helping carers live a fuller life. First, Marilyn started with a prayer for carers. 1-9 people in Suffolk are family carers and 1-10 nationally. Carers may be any age, an elderly partner, busy working family mums helping a parent, and children as young as five responsible perhaps for a parent with a long- term illness, disability, mental illness or addiction to drugs or alcohol. All of them in desperate need of support – emotional as well as basic needs. This is where SFC come in – providing the means to gain access to help and encouragement.
Teams specialise in young carers providing support sessions and offering a wide variety of activities, such as art sessions, sailing and monthly get-togethers away from the caring environment. Children may drop out of college and become isolated or try to juggle their caring with education. Another team specialises in providing information, advice and guidance to adult carers and they too often have to give up their jobs, leading to financial problems.
Local Governments must provide some funds and also pharmacies, GPs and schools can play their part in identifying the needs of carers, making sure everyone has a voice and is heard. There is a monthly magazine on line with information of groups to help (www.suffolkfamilycarers.org) or information line 01473 835477. Teams of volunteers can offer physical help or carry out home assessments in order to breakdown the isolation of carers and also to identify any equipment that would aid the carer. Care provided by family carers saves the UK economy in excess of £132 billion.
Diary Dates: an appeal for £1 parcels for the church summer fete please (30th June).
June 21st – outing to Ely Cathedral organised by Pakefield Mothers’ Union. June 27th Summer Supper and Social, thus ending this session. We hope everyone has a safe and happy time during the summer.