More volunteers are needed for a charity which provides palliative care in Newark.Beaumond House Community Hospice needs more volunteers to help provide a varied programme of activities for the day therapy patients.Day therapy co-ordinator, Wilma Robinson, said she would love to see more people from the local community come in and help provide entertainment.“The patients really love music and it would be wonderful if we could get small choirs or musicians to visit,” she said.“It may be that you have a hobby that you could share with us or a story to share.“If so we would love to hear from you.”Patients attending day therapy say they really look forward to coming to the hospice and it is often a highlight of their week.Joan Denny has been going there since the summer and said she loves it.“I came along to an open day and was invited to come along to one of the sessions and that was it,” she said.Joan has made many friends since coming to the … [Read more...] about Can you spare time to help hospice social sessions?
While many people may have seen Josh Godfrey driving Nottingham's trams, what people may not know is that he is also a police Special Constable. The 21-year-old, who has been a full time tram driver for nine months, spends his spare time catching criminals and patrolling the streets. Josh started training to be a Special Constable with Nottinghamshire Police in 2016, and he said he loves that no two days are the same. He said: "It can be quite hard to juggle both. I do shifts on the tram and then I volunteer for the police. The minimum you should do a month as a special is 16 hours. "So on my days off I basically fill that with being a special and I love it. I honestly couldn't imagine doing anything else. "Sometimes it's hard to switch off and if the police need help catching someone they can put a call out over the trams. "When that happens I have my police head on and I can't help but try and find someone. It's also hard when you see people driving their cars while on the phone. "I … [Read more...] about Nottingham tram driver doubles up as Special Constable in his spare time
Police custody units would not be everyone’s first choice for spending their spare time. But for Paula Pestell a desire to ensure all members of society receive fair treatment has led her to become one of the longest-serving volunteers in the county’s units. Paula, 54, has been part of the Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) team for around ten years, and makes regular visits to Notts’ two custody suites. The units, in Nottingham and Mansfield, house people who have been detained for a number of reasons including awaiting questioning, a court appearance or for immigration issues. Paula, who lives near Newark, said: “I really enjoy it. No two visits are ever the same. You never know what to expect and you get to meet people from all walks of life. Read More Do you know a hero? “We can often help people with things that they may not have thought to tell the police about and it’s really rewarding to be able to make a difference.” … [Read more...] about Meet the woman who spends her spare time checking up on those in custody
Originally from South Africa, Jason Karayiannis grew up in Belfast, where his maternal family are from, but his early childhood memories have stayed with him. "I've grown up with an appreciation of leather, and the creation of products from that material. I still vividly remember running around the workshop that my father had when I was younger," he told Independent.ie. As a UX consultant for one of the Big Four firms, Jason regularly spends up to 12 hours a day in front of a screen, sometimes spending up to a year working on a product he would never use himself. "I love my job but I have always needed a practical outlet, and this craft allows me to explore my creative side. I get to make what I want how I want. "I'm working on a brand which is very much a side project, all focused around the enjoyment. If people want to come along for a ride, then cool." When first cutting his teeth in a digital career, Jason spent his spare time tinkering around in the garage, working with anything … [Read more...] about The digital designer creating artisan products in his spare time after reviving family’s leather craft
Two teenage friends are on a mission to clean up their community. And Heather Hawkins and Abbie Boswell are doing it aged just 14. The community-spirited teenagers, both year nine pupils at Honley High School, have been litter picking around Meltham in a bid to safeguard the environment for animals and, of course, the rest of us. Heather said they aim to carry out a litter pick twice a week, adding: “We have been doing this to prevent any wildlife or pets getting hurt while outside. It is also to stop pollution. “Usually we would do this twice a week, as we have school, and we were hoping if people saw this maybe they could help too. “We don’t have any actual equipment, we just use gloves and bin bags.” The girls can sometimes spend hours clearing litter from the side of roads or the woods in and around Meltham. “I could not be any prouder of both girls for what they are doing." Heather added: “Depending on how much litter there is it usually … [Read more...] about Why two Meltham schoolgirls spend their spare time picking up litter