Category Archive :Events

Clients and Befrienders enjoying afternoon tea together

On 16 April 2019, Dobbies in King’s Lynn hosted West Norfolk Befriending’s Easter Afternoon Tea event which saw 52 clients, volunteers and staff come together. Tea, cakes, and finger sandwiches on tiered stands were enjoyed over relaxed conversation and laughter, with the beginnings of new friendships and old friends reuniting again. Sharing food is a wonderful way to break the ice and get to know one other, and this is something we encourages at our monthly get-together at Sandringham Café and Restaurant, too.

Many of the charity’s clients have difficulty getting around but with help from volunteers and staff who arranged taxis and offered lifts, everyone got to Dobbies safely. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying good company and meeting others from the community. With an average age of 90, the ladies and gentlemen who came together on the day had many interesting stories to tell. One lady, aged 95, explained how yoga and keeping active have helped her stay healthy, and she is certainly a testament to this. There were many conversations of how much the clients were enjoying the afternoon and looking forward to future events, and it was an especially valuable social opportunity for those who struggle to leave their homes. We always look forward to our events and the chance to spend more time getting to know our clients.

On 9 April 2019, our volunteers were invited to fire safety training at North Lynn Fire and Rescue Station.

Fire safety is so important – it saves lives and this is especially crucial when working with older and potentially vulnerable people. We learnt many valuable tips on preventing fires and keeping everyone safe, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. The key message of the training was: get out as quickly and as safely as possible, and call the fire brigade. Don’t try to tackle the fire yourself. Just a few breaths of smoke are enough to cause someone to pass out, and that’s the last thing you want in an emergency.

If you know someone vulnerable and are concerned about the fire safety in their home, talk to them and see if they’d be happy to have someone from the fire service visit them for a fire safety assessment. Depending on the circumstances, the Community Safety Volunteer can install free smoke alarms to protect against the dangers of fire. Prevention is better than cure, but having an early warning is vital too.