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Dear Volunteer,

New Head of Volunteers
We are very pleased to introduce Chantal Radley, your new Head of Volunteers. As you may know, Chantal has been part of the Cooks Team for the last two years so understands the opportunities, fun and challenges of being a volunteer. She also has a great understanding of our organization and the community it supports.
  
Second Helpings is a wonderful organisation that brings so much to so many, including all us volunteers. I know that we all do our best to ensure that the cafe and bunker are a positive experience both for volunteers and those who use our services. The warm welcome from others and sense of community is why many of us enjoy volunteering I believe. I am working with the committee to look at how we can refine and build on what has already been achieved to make the experience at Second Helpings a supportive, enjoyable and safe one.
 
I will be in touch with you via the Newsletter and in person to share more details of events, training and other news in due course. I really welcome your input and suggestions so please do get in touch if you would like to. My email is volunteermgr@secondhelpings.org.uk. I hope to meet you all soon. 

With very best wishes,
Chantal Radley
 
Thank you and a fond farewell to Rhea

In October Rhea decided to step down from her role as Head of Bunker. We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to both Rhea and Darnley for their commitment and dedication to Second Helpings and the Community over the last 18 months. They have both been instrumental in the smooth and safe running of the bunker during the pandemic and ensured we stayed open throughout. They will both remain part of the Second Helpings family and will continue to be collectors.

Reopening of the Saturday Café
Our Saturday café reopened on 11th Sept and since our reopening the team have served up more than 500 meals to fellow volunteers and members of our community. Its great to have everyone back together in the hall enjoying fantastic food and the company of old and new friends.

Christmas & New Year Opening
Bunker Opening
Christmas Eve (24th Dec) 11am -2pm
Christmas Day (“5th Dec CLOSED
Boxing Day (26th Dec) Closed
Mon 27th Dec 1-3pm
Tues 28th Dec 10:30am -12:30pm
Wed 29th Dec 1-3pm
Thurs 30th Dec 1-3pm
New Year’s Eve (31st Dec) 11am-2pm
New Year’s Day CLOSED
Sun 2nd Jan CLOSED
Mon 3rd Jan 1-3pm
 
Christmas Day Lunch
We are delighted to be back hosting our Christmas Day lunch together in the Church Hall again this year. This will be a ticket only event so if you or any of your friends, family or neighbours would like to join us for this meal please speak with Nuala in person to be added to the guest list or email her cafe@secondhelpings.org.uk

Safety and Safeguarding
We warmly invite you all to attend this training, particularly if you are working in a lead role day to day or hoping to in future. We want to ensure that all volunteers are trained to handle any situation that may arise. Moving forward, all lead volunteers will need to attend this training so please attend this weekend if you are able to. 
Date for your diary! Volunteer Social - 15th January 3-5pm
We are delighted to invite all volunteers to come together for tea and cake on Saturday 15th January from 3-5pm in the Stamford Methodist Church hall. This is a chance for you to meet other volunteers from all the teams as well committee team members, who will share news and information to keep you all up to date with new initiatives.
Please do come along for a cup of tea and a chat  - we look forward to seeing you there!
 
Thank you’s and donations
A massive thank you to all the businesses, organisations and individuals who have donated since July. Your donations allow us to continue to run our Community Fridge, Bunker and the Saturday Café by paying for utilities, PPE, cleaning equipment and additional food items and equipment for the cafe
Stamford Cycle Club £161.25
Evergreen £200
Stamford Orchestra £28.50
SKDC £1,000
HC Beer Trust £1,000
Norman Scholes Funeral Donation £576
Private Donations £276
Total: July- October 2021 £3,241
 

With best wishes,

The Management Team, Second Helpings,
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