Agenda item

B:Friend Update


Jenny Pitman (Project Leader – B:Friend) delivered an update and for newly elected Members she also gave a brief resume of the work of the B:Friend service.


There were currently two social clubs operated, one in Thurnscoe and one in Bolton together with a 1-1 befriending service as well as other social events.  Volunteers were ordinary members of the public who gave their up their time free of charge to help others.  Anyone over the age of 18 was welcome to volunteer and would be given an appropriate DBS check for which help was available if required.


Members noted that groups were struggling to attract male participants and work was being undertaken to try to encourage take-up.


The Chair reminded Members that in 2022 the Group had received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.


Information was also provided about various 1-1 befriending pairings held recently.


Various events had been held recently including, amongst other things, barge trips and coronation events. 


Reference was also made to meetings/events held at the Little Theatre in Thurnscoe to which various speakers were invited.  These events were held at three different times with the same speakers so that as wide a group of people as possible could attend.  If anyone knew of an organisation or a person who would be willing to give a talk/presentation they should let Jenny know so that a wider programme of events could be provided going forward.


Arising out of this discussion, reference was made to the possibility of the Theatre seeking grant aid from the Park Springs Community Benefit Fund.


RESOLVED that the update be noted.