VOLUNTEERS, TRUSTEES and SUPPORTS joined together for a social event in September at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker in September to meet Laura and Ed and to celebrate our recent achievements.
We are delighted to confirm that following consultation between Committee members and Volunteers at the Special General Meeting held in July and the subsequent agreement of FCV Trustees, Dorcas Befriending Project has now formally merged into Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers. A division has been created within FCV called FCV Dorcas Befriending Project which will manage the combined befriending relationships of our respective organisations and, in addition, will have the remit to continue to develop this service. We believe that this will give our clients & volunteers a more secure and sustainable service.
Our two organisations have always had a close relationship and we are excited about this merger as we believe that this will strengthen our position to move forward with the development of befriending services for elderly and disabled adults. FCV Dorcas Befriending Project is currently running more than 70 befriending relationships across two thirds of the borough in South and Central Islington (broadly within N1 and EC1 postcode areas).
Two of the DBP Committee members, Pamela Welson and Lauren Songour will be joining the FCV Board of Trustees (although other committee members may also join in the future). We would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution of the DBP Committee– Amy, Anthony, Lauren, Pamela, Sarah, Sandra and Winn – and to thank all of them for all their work over these past years which has successfully brought DBP to this stage.
We are delighted to introduce our new Project Co-ordinator, Laura Roberts, working two days a week on a six month contract. Laura has a degree in Fine Art, has worked in Cambodia for a Women’s Development Agency and for a start-up charity in West London. She is currently studying for a part-time Masters in Social Anthropology at SOAS.
We have also hired Ed Bartram to work for two mornings a week for three months from mid-September. He runs the Manor Gardens befriending service in North London, called the Friendship Network. We believe his experience will be very helpful in establishing Laura in her new role.
Laura and Ed will be based at the Bridge Centre. Welcome Laura and Ed!
Hervé, who worked as our Project Co-ordinator for many years, recently came to the end of his contract with us and has now left the Dorcas Befriending Project to move on to new adventures and spend more time with his family. We were very sad to see him go and wish him and his family well for the future. His contribution to the success of DBP over many years has been enormous and we are truly grateful to him. Cheers Herve and good luck for the future!
Volunteers and supporters gathered to say goodbye to Herve and wish him well for the future.