- (Message sent to Julie from a volunteer) Yesterday was brilliant! You truly are the most amazing, caring, genuine woman I know! I have worked for over 40 years and never met a woman so inspirational. I love working for your project! You make everyone feel so good and part of something so very special. It is a gift. And you are a star.
- I am pleased to support your good work. It was a nice afternoon. So well organized. You don’t stop!
- Thank you all for making my life so much brighter since joining the club at Waltham Abbey.
- Thank you all for making my life so much brighter since joining your club.
- Dear Julie and all your very special team!! I feel privileged to have been accepted by you all. Julie, this comes from you, our boss and super caring leader. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Dear Julie and all your special team. Thank you all so much. The warmth and kindness each of you give me is so good.
- Thank you for all that do you for us on a Friday.
- Thank you for making Fridays special.
- Thank you for all that you do for Mum.
- To Julie and helpers – thank you for your care.
- Thanks a million for all your hard work. You are a real star.
- Thanks for every single thing you give us.
- Thank you for bringing us so much joy at the club.
- Thank you everyone for looking after us.
- Thank you so much for everything.
Since we lost my dad 3 years ago life has not been the same for my mum. At 80 years old her health is not so great, so her usual walks up to Epping town became few and far between. My step nan attends this group and I encouraged mum to do so also. She was not keen at first and kept making excuses. She finally gave in and signed up. Mum has never looked back and looks forward to Tuesdays so much now. She said recently ‘this group of people are so wonderful and this is the best thing I have ever done’. Thank you so much for playing such a big part in giving mum some life back xx
- Thank you for all you do. It’s the best thing I have done joining you all.
- Thanks for the help and work you do to entertain us youngsters – ha ha – through the year.
- I’d like to thank you all for helping to make Tuesday afternoons a friendly and enjoyable time for us all.
I’ve heard that the Friendship Club at Jubilee Court is coming to the end of its funding?
This Club is a lifeline to my 85 year old Mother. Her only regular outing, where she can met others and socialise. We have noticed how much happier she is now and has a purpose every Friday. She’s now been attending over two years. We have all noticed the difference it’s made to her.
If it should end she would have absolutely nothing socially other than family.
It’s somewhere for her to not only met others but participate in activities that helps her dementia possibly as much as medication does. She plays bingo, dances, joins in raffles and goes on all the wonderful trips they organise. She comes home full of stories of where they have been and what they have seen
It also means my father her main carer gets a few hours respite from the day to day stress, which dementia causes.
I’m hoping this may continue long term as with its friendly helpful staff, mum has felt like part of a family.
Dear Julie, I do want to sincerely thank you and your team for looking after Mum so well, I have lost count of the years she has been enjoying the weekly sessions; singing, dancing, raffles, and all the entertainments that you do so well. Long may you continue to provide this excellent and essential service for so many elderly people in this area…….I may need it myself one day!
Sometimes we do forget how lovely it is to work in partnership with both our organisations.
I just wanted to formally record how invaluable Jina is to me, and Martine, with regard to her knowledge, response to referrals, in particular with regard to benefits/attendance allowance.
I was having a conversation with Jenny from Citizens Advice Bureau last week at the Peabody Networking meeting and we were both singing her praises. In fact, Jenny said she didn’t know where they would be without Jina’s support with regard to all benefit forms and being able to see vulnerable older people in their own home. so I thought I would capture that and pass it on.
Whilst writing, I should also point out how lost I would be without Julie’s clubs. Most older people either want a face to face visit, which we now have in Essex Befriends, which is great but, for those wanting to go out, Julie is wonderful with older people and my client’s always say how much they love her, her volunteers, her clubs and the invaluable service of transport!
For me, it is a two way street as we do work so well and close with each other.
Thank you VAEF. We are sure lucky to have you in Epping Forest.