The GrandParent factor

grandparentsPicSome of out team were at a conference recently, listening to a very lively speaker from The Grandparents Association.

This UK charity specifically supports the older members of family groups and their concerns, offering information and advice across a number of themes – childcare, finance and benefits and the role of the grandparent in general.

This set us thinking about the work of grandparents and the care of children, in even the most well organised and supported communities.

In these days of community outreach by many organisations, SureStart, the local authority and welfare support in general – the grandparent can often, as a group in society, still provide front line care for young children, advice to younger parents and siblings – as well as coping with their own pressures around housing, health and finance.

We really like the web site for the Grandparents Association and you can find more information and support from it here.

Next time you see them, thank the grandparents – they do a lot we know – why not get them a membership subscription for Christmas too?

Racing in Oxborough

stJohnsOxboroughPicA number of members of the SEC team attended and sponsored, from their own resources, a race at the recent Oxborough Village Race Evening.

The funds from the night were being raised for the Fabric Fund of St. John’s Church in Oxborough.

It was a lively evening and the event contributed over £700 to the Fabric Fund. The Chair of SEC officiated at the microphone and there were some stunning Victorian moustaches and bowler hats in evidence from the village organising committee, much to the delight of the audience.

(None of the SEC team horses won by the way, so we all went home much lighter in the pocket…but it was great fun).

St. John’s Church image: Creative Commons licence – John Salmon

We are now a charity!

rainbowPicAfter working closely with the Charity Commission our board has now achieved charitable status for the Sandringham Enterprise Centre (SEC).

This important development means that we can begin the work of raising money to develop services in our Centre, to work with individuals and groups to raise funds for their projects and develop a sustainable social enterprise model for delivery of the work of the Centre.

Our objects as a charity are given below…

To further or benefit the residents of Marham and the
neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation,
race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating
together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary
and other organisations in a common effort to advance
education and to provide facilities in the interests of social
welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the
objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees
shall have power:

To establish or secure the establishment of a community
centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any
statutory authority in the maintenance and management of
such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in
furtherance of the above objects.

What does all this mean?

As volunteers, using our energy and commitment, this means that we will work together to develop our Centre, bringing forward new things, but keeping and supporting existing groups and services too.

As your local charity – supporting each other in difficult times and creating as many broad smiles as possible whenever we can.