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!

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

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!

Mrs B phoned to thank Mark for fixing her cupboard.  She said she had been waiting a long time to have it fixed so was very pleased you could do it for her.

Hi Chris, one of your site visits today.  Resident called to say how pleased she was with your work & how grateful, that your role exists.  Regards, Tony Hinkley, EFDC

The tenant called in today regarding Chris, he was very happy with his work and found him very conscientious and wanted to pass on his thanks.

Thank you for sending Chris to fix things He is so polite and courteous and respectful, nothing is too much for him.

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 PLW Students at the Epping Forest Campus New City College.  On behalf of Haven House Children’s Hospice, I would like to say a big thank you for your kind donation of £206 raised at your Big Tea Par-Tea, held at the Epping Forest Campus in aid of Haven House.

I can see that you all pulled together to work as a team by planning your event, baking some delicious cakes and making some great decorations to make the Big Tea Par-Tea feel very special for your invited guests. I love the bunting, it looked fabulous!

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

Good morning

I wanted to let you know that A has received confirmation that he has been awarded Attendance Allowance with back pay.

We want to thank you for all your help. Without you we would not have known where to start.

A big thank you again.

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!