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Bishop’s Stortford charities New Year Resolutions:

Three New Year offers to engage, involve and interest you and perhaps consider adding to your New Year Resolutions by supporting some Bishop’s Stortford charities

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The Stepping Stones project is all about inspiring ourselves to take good care of our personal wellbeing and supporting others to do the same. It is a toolkit to support anyone locally or online that might benefit from a simple, refreshing approach to creating sound mental, emotional and physical balance within themselves and others.

It has linked up with local charity Community Initiative (Bishops Stortford) to connect with and support other initiatives around Health & Wellbeing.

The project has a  website and is also seeking to build a small team of volunteers through a “Care Bank” where you simply get connected to projects that feel close to your heart, giving as little or as much of your energy and talent as you desire.

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The Care Bank is very simple and is all about encouraging us to deposit a little kindness so it can be credited by being matched up to those in need. It is more about befriending not necessarily formal volunteering and we would like to deposit at least 1000 extra hours of TLC into our community over the 3 month pilot. That would be 83 of you giving an hour a week to a cause close to your heart. Please get involved right now in the pilot of this new local service at


We will simply ask you to tell us about your passions and talents, how much Care Bank energy you might like to deposit, and about the kind of projects you might like to get involved in. We will match and post a list of local live volunteering gaps actively seeking your kind of help such as:


  • if you are working full time, you might just like to be involved in dropping in some UHT milk, Fruit juice and canned meat to the Stortford Food bank as these are the foods it most needs.


*if you are semi or fully retired, you might for example like to help out for a couple of hours a week at the Apton Rd Centre; at the Cancer Research UK shop; with the Birchanger Wood Trust; or perhaps do a couple of hours admin such as for the YMCA.


*if you are a student, you might like to become a Dementia Friend and get involved in an intergenerational project with our frail/elderly community or be part of the Stepping Stones/Care bank start up team for your CV.

or, what about investing a little free  time our local police and Community First Response teams?

*if you are a mum with children at school, you might like to get involved in doing a little shopping or driving someone to a hospital appointment or, visiting someone who is lonely.

And if you don’t know what time you have or what kind of help you could provide, you might just like to create a profile and wait and see what opportunities turn up that might be right for you.


Another one of the Bishop’s Stortford charities is Dementia Friends & Champions: Community Initiative (Bishops Stortford) aims to help build one of the most dementia friendly communities in the country by creating a 1000 new Dementia Friends (DFs) in 2016. There are already nearly 1.4m DF’s in England and Wales and the Alzheimer’s society has a goal of 4m by 2020.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. It might be as simple as being more patient with the person in front in a supermarket.

Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch our online video. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. There are regular one hour sessions at the Apton Rd Centre, run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Contact

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Article supplied by Colin Woodward

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