SERVE's dedicated team continue to coordinate essential services during this most testing of times. A special thanks goes out to our frontline staff and volunteers, who despite the cirumstances are still visiting vulnerable adults to provide care and support.
Thanks to all of you for your incredible work keeping vulnerable people safe and healthy at home.
Morrisons and SERVE have a long-standing relationship when it comes to supporting the community, and the supermarket team have stepped up again! They have provided us with food to be delivered to our most vulnerable clients, as well as putting together activity packs to keep people entertained. Thanks for your continued support.
Staff from various departments have been going door to door delivering hearing aid batteries to those in desperate need of them. Usually people come to us, but whilst this is not possible we are changing how we work to make sure essential services continue - always with appropriate social distancing measures in mind.
Over the coming weeks the office staff will be dropping a call to volunteers who are currently taking a break from SERVE either through closures or social distancing. We just want to check in and see how you are.
Have you ever wanted to learn to ballroom dance? Now's your chance!
We are appealing for dancers to join the professionals in this year's SERVE Goes Dancing. No experience is necessary, you'll get free dance lessons, raise money for a local charity and make friends for life!
If you'd like to join the fun contact Jenny on 07738 190756 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the office in the usual way.
Join in with our sponsored swim to raise money for SERVE's Community Transport Scheme - and get fit at the same time!
If you would like any more information or a registration pack please contact Jenny Standen at email@example.com, or use the link below.
You can sponsor us through www.justgiving.com/campaign/swimforserve2020.
Our new gentle exercise group is underway! Chair-based yoga takes place at Oundle Bowling Club on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00.
Come along and learn breathing techniques, postures, balance, stress-reduction, relaxation and meditation techniques.
Chair-based yoga will help to develop body and breath awareness. This can improve health, wellbeing, balance and harmony; quietening the overactive mind and reducing stress.
Classes are just £4 per person, and transport is available if required. Please contact us to find out more.
SERVE held a Valentine's Day Dance with our friends at Laura's Dance School on Friday 14th February. A great night was had by all, enjoying dancing, food, the raffle and a bar.
Thanks to everyone who came, and who donated prizes, buffet food and the all-important cakes!
We raised £306 to be split between SERVE and Laura's Dance School.
Would you like to start something new, take part in an activity, socialise and benefit from some gentle exercise?
We are now offering Short Mat Bowls classes at the newly refurbished Oundle Bowling Club. The sessions are for all abilities and are led by volunteers.
Classes are on Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00, with a suggested donation of £4 per person.
Transport is available through our colleagues at Volunteer Action, who can be contacted on 01832 275433. For more information or to book please contact us in the usual way.
The Ron Manning Day and Activity Centre held a successful open day on January 23rd.
Members of the public were invited to come and visit our day centre, offering them the chance to socialise, enjoy a home cooked meal and take part in lots of different activities, all in a warm friendly environment.
SERVE's Wellbeing Manager Gemma Hager said “we have been overwhelmed with the support from the community on the opening day, we have had more older people wanting to attend the centre because they realise the benefits of what is on offer. Thank you to everyone who supported the event”.
The day raised enough money to provide the centre with a brand new book case for our reading library, where beneficiaries have access to books that can be taken home and returned and exchanged at their leisure.
The Day Centre is still accepting new customers, if you would like to know more please get in touch.
Visitors to our day centre open day were the first to see our newly-funded minibus! This much-needed addition to the fleet will play an important part in our continued fight against social isolation for the residents of East-Northamptonshire.
The new bus has been nicknamed Bernard in honour of our late trustee Bernard Coker.
Our Care team have been delivering the Christmas parcels generously donated by Rushden Academy to our clients!
Students at Rushden Academy kindly hosted a Christmas Meal for our service users as well as providing our isolated clients with a festive hamper of goodies. Thankyou!
Thanks to all our friends, family, volunteers, and staff who bought tickets for this year's raffle, and of course to everyone who donated prizes!
The raffle was drawn on Monday 16th December, with a first prize of a luxury food hamper. It raised £281.20 for Serve's wellbeing activities, so thank you again to everyone who took part!
Our annual Sing for Serve concert took place on 3rd December 2019 at the Park Road Baptist Church. A packed gallery enjoyed music from The 60s Club Band, The Baptist Church Choir, Southend Schools, and we were treated to a table harp solo! We had a great singalong, generously supported by our sponsors Specsavers, Absolute Accounts and Mountain Warehouse.
Festive fun and funky light toys at this years Sparkle, which took place on Saturday 23rd November.
Our dedicated volunteers ran a huge Cuddly Toy Tombola and sold flashing wands of all kinds to bag SERVE just over £430!
SERVE Goes Dancing returned for its 2nd Year running on the 25th October. Our wonderful dancers wowed the audience. Congratulations to Chris Reading who won Best Overall Dancer with his partner Jane Wright, Best Showdance went to Julie Unwin with Shaun Tate. Our special Spirit of SERVE Award went to Graham Ellson.
The event raised just over £12,500 for our well-being services!
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Morrisons Produce in Rushden have had SERVE as one of their local community charities for the last two years. Over that time Helen and her team have done many wonderful things to support us, everything from raffle prizes to a tea station at SERVE Goes Dancing. This culminated on November 19 with match funding for our recent Fashion Show they hosted for us. Thank you for the giant cheque!