FiSH is looking for new Trustees
We are looking for up to two people to join our Board of Trustees in overseeing and developing our work in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen supporting older and more vulnerable people, as part of the regular refreshment of the Board. This year applicants would ideally have experience as a volunteer (with FiSH or another charity) in supporting independent living by older people or have practical experience of the operation of the FiSH buses and an interest in the provision of accessible transport generally. Due to the current makeup of the Board following planned retirements in 2019, applications from women and from persons resident in Barnes who have relevant skills and experience are particularly welcome. Appointments will commence on July 29th 2019 and be for a term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term of three years. Trustees are not remunerated. FiSH Neighbourhood Care is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. For more information, including information on the current trustees, please look at our website at www.fishhelp.org.uk or contact the Director on 020 8876 3335.
To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter (explaining why your skills, experience and personal attributes fit the criteria mentioned above) to the Director at FiSH Neighbourhood Care, Barnes Green Centre, Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HE or at firstname.lastname@example.org The closing date for applications is Friday May 10th 2019. Interviews will be held later in May.
Jenny Hughes receives British Empire Medal
Jenny Hughes has received her British Empire Medal in a ceremony held at The Tower of London. She was accompanied for this special occasion by her husband, Andy, and also Crispin O'Brien, Chair of FiSH.
''I was truly honoured to be recognised for this award and the ceremony today was a humbling experience to be with such a variety of people who have served their communities in so many amazing ways. Thanks to all those people who have made FiSH what it is today.''
Coffee Morning at Rick Stein Barnes
FiSH and the area’s top seafood restaurant proved to be a terrific combination on Wednesday 6th February. That’s when Rick Stein Barnes hosted a coffee morning to raise funds for FiSH Neighbourhood Care. Huge thanks to Paul Hough, General Manager and all his team for making us so welcome. Over 70 attended to consume coffee and cake and support the ‘FISHY’ raffle which included some super prizes including a voucher from Rick Stein, a lobster from The Barnes FiSH Shop, a luxury hamper and other goodies. The event raised a grand total of £786! Thank you to everyone who attended and made the event a success.
Popular art therapy programme to continue
FiSH Neighbourhood Care is stepping in with funding to enable the popular art workshops delivered by Picassos in the Park to carry on in Barnes. The workshops, which are open to people living with early stage dementia and their carers, will now continue this summer and offer participants a chance to be creative together. Classes will run on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the OSO Arts Centre. To find out more or book a place, please contact Liz on 020 8878 8100 or by email.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The FiSH team made up of Micky Forster, Liz Wall, Sally Godstone, Shena Macdonald, Deidre Munro and Steve Chapman were delighted to represent the charity at a special presentation event for QAVS Winners from Greater London, kindly hosted by RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) at their London office in Bishopsgate on Tuesday 11th September 2018.
Micky collected the award from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises the importance of our work with older people in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen to combat loneliness and social isolation. FiSH were among twenty winners of the Award in Greater London this year.
Barclays staff walking from Billingsgate to Barnes to fundraise for FISH
The Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics Team at Barclays Corporate Banking in Canary Wharf did a half marathon fundraising walk for FiSH on Monday 29th October. Some 20 individuals left East London at 08:00 and when they reach Barnes at lunchtime dropped into the Retro Café at St Michael and All Angels to help our volunteers. Led by Nikki Barrington, our ace fundraiser and marathon runner, the team challenged themselves to raise £3,000.