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 feature Chris Beale from Poole CVS (Poole Council for Voluntary Services) and Martyn Underhill PCC (Dorset Police Crime Commissioner) as guest speakers, as well as lots of activities and displays, as well as delicious refreshments. So be sure to save the date!
The following event is also planned to be held at the Spire in Poole town centre. It will be held on Thursday the 5th July between 10:30 and 12:30. Our AGM will also be held as part of this event.
"Another great event held by PO55 at The Spire in Poole. An excellent attendance with a very informative presentation from guest speaker Jake Moore, on cyber crime prevention. As well as 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. The morning's event concluded with refreshments and a lively performance by the Bittersweet Harmony Choir
Inspired by the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, this was another great event at The Spire in Poole High Street hosted by PO55 and funded by Bournemouth University. We had a great selection of display stands, including Prama Care, Neighbourhood Watch, Yoga, a local art group, Poole Lions, Dorset Care Record, Poole Mens' Sheds and Hope in the Community. We had line dancing and Chi Kung demonstrations, and were entertained by Poole Ukelele Pluckers and Strummers (PUPS). Refreshments were available during the afternoon event with just over a hundred people attending.
"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