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Thank you for organising such an informative course, it gave us all a useful insight into an increasingly important area of health care.  Thanks too for providing the refreshments – much appreciated.

 

We currently have 4 bids that we are awaiting the outcome. Lottery, Essex Community Foundation, Sainsbury and Tesco. We could not have achieved this if it were not for the guidance and support of VAEF. They guided us through the procedures allowing us to move forward with our vision. they encouraged when we felt downhearted with bids that did not come to fruition. The team at VAEF were always positive and one did not feel inadequate with some of the questions that we asked having not prepared bids before. This team do an invaluable service to those of us that enter into this field of trying to raise money for much needed causes.

Just wanted to say thank you for making us aware of the training available. I attended and it was great!

(Re Winter Warmth) Thank you Debbie.  I had a Headteacher meeting on Friday and it was good to share how supportive you have been whenever we need something for a family.

Mrs D phoned to say what a lovely job the gardeners had done.  She cannot thank them enough.

It was lovely to meet Carole today and was very pleased with all she had done for me.  Look forward to her return.

Mrs M commented – a thoroughly competent gardener, excellent work and a very helpful person.  I need her again!

Very pleased with the work done by Carole, it was very overgrown!  Thank you, H

Ms C phoned to say how helpful Aubrey and Ricky were and what a good job they did

I just wanted to feed back though on my recent morning volunteering with Aubrey on some gardens in Waltham Abbey.  I really enjoyed helping as I love gardening, hard work but so rewarding to see the difference in the gardens and how much the elderly folk appreciated our help.  My help was just one morning and I know that some of you are out week on week showing such commitment whether in a paid or unpaid capacity.  So, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you do with this much needed and valuable project.  It really does showcase what a massive difference VAEF makes to the lives of those who have a bit of a struggle and how this helps with their well-being.  Sally Crone, Trustee

Hi Julie, So many times I hear you thanking people for this and that and I wondered whether you do realise we owe you a big thank you for all you do for us and the club.  Organising us to have lovely outings etc.  So it occurred to me that you deserve a thank you.  On behalf of all us members, thank you.  M

 

  • (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!

 

Dear Jacqui

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.

Dear Sirs

Since I qualified to receive help from Mr. Chris Bullock as Handyman for Repairs of Epping Council I have on many occasions been grateful for yourselves for providing this service and for Mr. Bullock as the person he is.

He is a credit to your organisation as someone who is trustworthy and so helpful in sorting out repair problems which have occurred from time to time. Thank you for your service.

 

Dear Sir/Madam

I had occasion to have Chris Bullock at my flat last week making a small unit to take my TV accessories and tidy all the wires and I don’t want the occasion to go by without thanking the organisation in general and Chris in particular. He is the most courteous of gentlemen, efficient and helpful and all done with a smile, what better representation could you have to advertise your organisation. A big thank you to you and Chris. How lucky elderly are to have this service.

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to specially thank your handyman Chris for all the excellent work he has afforded me, first when I moved from my property and secondly when I moved to my new property. Nothing was too much trouble and I genuinely feel I could not have coped without his kind patience and assistance. It is a wonderful service too and I cannot therefore thank him and yourselves enough for making my life so much easier.

  • I have had my training today with Barnardo’s in Harlow.  Thank you for your help (volunteer placed by Maggie Gilchrist in 3 volunteering placements)
  • Dear Maggie – a very big thank you for all have done for me. You have gone beyond the “white line”. You have got me three volunteering jobs and guided me through the good and bad times. Not many people like you around!

Just to say how much we and our friends enjoyed the Beatles evening.  The singer and the band were excellent.  We really enjoyed ourselves and Sally and others had clearly done an enormous amount of work to pull this off. We hope that it was a good fundraiser and what a great showcase for VAEF!

I hope you all enjoyed your afternoon, I feel sure that your guests had a lovely time and were very impressed with what you had achieved. I hope you all feel very proud.

I also wanted to thank Mrs Panrucker and the staff from VAEF for their help and support ensuring your event was such a success.

On behalf of all the staff, volunteers, children and families at Haven House, many thanks again for your support.

Best wishes, Ginny Donnelly, Community Fundraising Executive, Haven House Children’s Hospice

Dear Jacqui

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.

Dear Jacqui and Maggie, well done for such brilliant figures for the Hemnall Street session.  Next quarter will show more on Loughton and beginnings of the Museum sessions.  It has been lovely to meet your volunteer Nicky, in your absence Maggie, who is amazing.  Please extend our thanks to your fantastic team of volunteers.

 

Dear Maggie and Nicola – Just a few words of thanks for all your kind encouragement and positive guidance throughout the course.  Also thank you very much for the bonus gift.  I sincerely appreciate all your support and help!

  • A little while ago I referred a friend to out service to Ayesha. Yesterday my friend sent me a message saying, that Ayesha is helping her with volunteering ideas and helping her to access support for her mental health. She also said that she had a lovely chat with her and she now feels better for seeing her.
  • I just spoke to Hazel she said she very much enjoyed your company and would like to go out again

Dear Jacqui

Thank you giving up so much of your time on Friday.  Lucy and I very much enjoyed the various visits and were impressed by the range of activities making a real difference to the community. Something I have come to learn over the last year is just how fruitful and beneficial that combination of expert staff and enthusiastic volunteers can be, enriching the lives of all concerned and not just those on the receiving end; and VAEF seems to be a brilliant example of that. You also seem to be very lucky in your trustees (I had a nice email from Sally afterwards).

I’m very glad to have caught up with you, albeit rather late in my year, and I hope we’ll meet again at Hylands House on 4 March.  I’m sure you know that ECF have a very high opinion of VAEF and all that you’ve achieved over the years!

Best wishes Dr James Bettley jp dl fsa · High Sheriff of Essex 2019–2020