It’s a beautiful day in Kilburn (just look at our garden!) and we’re all feeling pretty chipper at Abbey Community Centre. The sun is shining, we won the Boccia last week, and our first ‘Men’s Barbershop’ afternoon last Friday was a storming success (despite our barber being taken ill, the guys still had fun playing ping-pong and dominoes!)
However, the mood is bittersweet as this week we say farewell to one of our most long-standing members of staff, the wonderful Joanna, who has been working at Abbey for a whopping 20 years! It was originally Joanna who set up our hugely successful Kilburn Good Neighbours project, which will now be managed by our CHAPS manager Gavin.
Kilburn Good Neighbours makes a huge difference to the lives of local older people who are less able to get out and about. One of our members below has been with us for 15 years which speaks to the benefit people experience from being part of the scheme. Joanna is a local hero and much loved at Abbey for her warmth and great sense of humour!
At the last Saturday cafe we said goodbye to Joanna in style, with gifts and pics with some of her longest standing Kilburn Good Neighbours pairings.
A note from Joanna:
“It’s my last week at the Abbey Community Centre this week and I’m saying goodbye to Kilburn Good Neighbours – the project I set up 20 years ago! I’m so proud of the good neighbour scheme that has grown into one of the centre’s most long-running and successful projects, currently helping over 130 older people to feel less isolated and over 40 volunteers to feel useful, connected and gain valuable work experience. It’s been sad saying goodbye to some of the scheme members who I’ve known for many years and who have seen me through different stages of my life including the birth of both my kids and more! I’ll also miss the volunteers – some of whom have become good friends over the years. But I won’t be going far, I’m moving to the Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust in Hamsptead to work as their Case Worker and Development Worker and a large part of my job will be visiting older people in Kilburn and Hampstead and helping them to apply for grants and other assistance. I’m sure I’ll be popping into the Abbey Community Centre when I’m in the area and I’ve offered to come along to any Abbey coach trips as a volunteer since I’ve loved taking our members to the seaside and all sorts of places over the years! Also, keep your eyes peeled for the exciting send off I’m sharing with one of our longest standing volunteers on 5th June – Bryony will reveal all to you then!
With best wishes to all the Abbey Community Centre and Kilburn Good Neighbours – Keep in touch…
Sounds intriging… and best of luck to Joanna in her new role. So glad you’re only just down the road!
From next week onwards, the Kilburn Good Neighbours scheme will be managed by Gavin, who can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info go to: https://kilburngoodneighbours.org.uk/