Our next event is currently planned for the 29th March and will be held at 'The Spire' in Poole town centre (Details Below) and will hopefully feature a very special guest speaker, so be sure to save the date!
"Another great event held by PO55 at The Spire in Poole. An excellent attendance with guest speakers from Cyber Crime of Jake Moore, Monique Munro giving an excellent speech on the War on Waste and explaining how we as a community can save those extra items to recycle and directly contribute to the various collecting locations throughout Poole. Refreshments were available during the morning event of which almost 100 people attended with a great selection of exhibitors"
On the day we had 16 display stands from various organistations (Including: Branksome Centre, Dorset Care Record, Hope in the Community (HITC), Parkstone Art Group, Poole Lions, Poole Ukulele Plucker's and Strummers' (PUPS), Red Cross, Poole Healthy Walks, Sporting Memories, Prama Care, Neighbourhood Watch, Poole Over 55s (PO55), University of the Third Age (U3A), Poole Men's Sheds, Women's Guild & Yoga with Sheena Bailey.) and attracted around 120 visitors, of which 87% said they would be following up on the information they received.
"Our AGM held on the 12th July was hosted at The Spire in Poole Town centre. As well as the election of people to various roles within PO55 there were refreshments serves and some great guest speakers."
Our first guest speaker was Claire Wade from Poole Housing Partnership spoke at the AGM about FareShare, a charity based in Southampton. FareShare take food from supermarkets that has been rejected (often simply for abnormal shapes etc.) and give it to homeless shelters, women's refuges and other groups for meals. It is estimated that 270,000 tonnes of surplus food go to waste every year, and FareShare try to re-distribute as much of it as possible.
Our second speaker was Debbie Oldfield from Dorset Police
spoke about doorstep crime, and in particular:
Distraction Burglaries:A person will try to enter a household by pretending to be someone else (e.g. a police officer, council-worker). Whilst the homeowner is distracted, possessions will be stolen.
Rogue Traders: An unsolicited trader will offer their services to the homeowner (e.g. gardening, building work). They will then lead the homeowner to believe that more work needs doing or charge substantial amounts.
Never accept work from someone offering over the phone or at your door, never go to the bank with a tradesperson, and never let a stranger into your property.
Our recent event at the Spire was a resounding success. Guest speakers from LEAP (An energy saving service from Bournemouth Council); Bournemouth Older People's Forum; Abbeyfield Homes; Pramacare and Poole Lifeline all contributed to an interesting and informative morning.
As usual a selection of home-made cakes were served with refreshing cups of tea and coffee which gave the event a relaxed, friendly mood. We also welcomed new members who signed up at the event. The group continues to grow!
Our thanks go to the organisations that gave presentations, all those who helped set-up and everyone who came along!
On the 8th December 2016 we held an open forum meeting at the Spire in Poole. It was well attended and already we are starting to see some familiar faces so thank you to those members that came along!
We had befrienders and a befriendee, come and talk about their experience of befriending and the benefits they themselves get from it. It was a very moving experience and gave us a real insight into the huge difference people can make to someone who is lonely, just by giving a few hours of their time.
A huge thank you to the speakers for coming to share their knowledge. We also had stand and a speaker from Live Well Dorset who gave some really valuable tips on keeping healthy