Hambleton and Richmondshire Advocacy is looking for volunteers
Are you looking for a new challenge? Can you help others to speak up for themselves?
Hambleton and Richmondshire Advocacy would like you to join them as a volunteer. They offer all their volunteers training, support and the opportunity to help local people who need your time and experience.
Do you have questions? Would you like to know more? Then contact Karen or Julie on 01609 778652 for a friendly and informal chat.
RIP Moorsbus... after over 25 years of service, the last Moorsbus ran at the end of October, the victim of budget cuts. Did you enjoy using Moorsbus? Would you be willing to share your story? John Dean of Ryedale U3A is collecting stories about Moorsbus, and can update you on current discussions about any possible replacements. Get in touch with our secretary or webmaster if you want contact details for John. Guidelines for stories (which should be in by the end of January 2014) are found here.
Call for new Group Leaders
The French Improvers group is looking for a new group leader.
ICE: In Case of Emergency
Did you know that emergency organizations, when they attend an incident, appreciate easily accessible information about who to contact, should the person be unable to communicate. The simple inclusion in YOUR mobile phone address book ofa contact shown as ICE (In Case of Emergency) giving the number of your nearest and dearest is their suggestion. Not got a mobile, or never switch it on? Then, you might want to think about an old fashioned written phone number in your bag, pocket, etc. It could save a lot of distress.
Message in a Bottle
And while we are on this sort of topic:
Do you live alone? Are you an organ donor? Do you take life-sustaining medication? Have you made a living will?
If the answer to any of these is YES, you should leave a 'Message in a Bottle' in your fridge. This scheme was devised and promoted by Lions Club International, and the 'bottles' (really small green and white plastic tubs) can be obtained from any public library. Inside the tub is a form on which to put your personal details, next of kin etc. On it you can list any medications you need, or whether you are an organ donor (and who to inform if you die), and any wishes you have about your care, in the event of a collapse.
There are also two green cross stickers in the tub. One you put on the inside of your front door, and the other on your fridge (or whichever cupboard you keep the bottle in). The emergency services know to look for the stickers, and in the (we hope unlikely) event that you collapse at home, they will be able to deal with you effectively and in accordance with your wishes.