TAKEAWAY SERVICE WORKING WELL
25th Mar 2020
Loose Ends continues to offer a 'takeaway' service for clients during our normal opening hours, whilst abiding by government guidelines on physical distancing. The service is working well so far and is being reviewed on a daily basis. We are also working closely with other organisations in the Newbury area as part of the Community Support Hub, and if called upon, our service may extend to making up extra food parcels to be distributed by outreach workers.
LOOSE ENDS CEASES REGULAR SESSIONS
17th Mar 2020
Following government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, Loose Ends has taken the difficult decision to cease regular sessions for the foreseeable future.
For the session on Tues 17th March, a number of Loose Ends volunteers set up tables outside Morton Hall and gave out non-perishable food and toiletries to clients. We are planning to carry on this reduced 'takeaway' service for as long as we are able to.
12th Mar 2020
The Loose Ends team celebrated the end of the charity year at Newbury & Crookham Golf Club by winning The Captain’s Quiz on Fri 6th March. Loose Ends along with Dingley’s Promise have been the Golf Club’s charities of the year 2019-20.
The attached photo shows the successful Loose Ends quiz team (Peter Fergusson, Robert Harris, Barry Cray, Martha & Tony Vickers and Helen Dixon), receiving their prizes and cup from outgoing captains Laura Foster-Fletcher and Peter Clements.
MP VISIT TO LOOSE ENDS
28th Feb 2020
Laura Farris, Newbury’s new MP visited our breakfast session on 21st Feb and spent time talking to clients and volunteers, learning about the services that we deliver. Clients told us how much they enjoyed having her visit.
During the visit Laura expressed how worthwhile our services are and that she would do her best to support us in the future however she can.
Prior's Court Working With Loose Ends for People with Autism
14th Feb 2020
A 2016 National Autistic Society (NAS) report found only 32% of autistic adults in the UK were in any kind of paid work. Meanwhile, just 16% of UK autistic adults were in full-time, paid employment, a figure believed to have barely changed since 2007.
Prior’s Court is working to make a positive impact on this long-standing ‘autism employment gap’ by providing our young people with as many skills and experiences as possible to successfully move into adult life, which includes being able to secure a job.
The organisations that Prior’s Court work with includes Loose Ends. The partnership formally began in September 2019, after some Prior's Court young people had made several informal visits earlier in that year. Three young people now visit Loose Ends once a fortnight for two-hour work placements, on Monday mornings. Working with Prior’s Court staff members and volunteers at Loose Ends, the young people sort through donations of items, including food and clothing, to ensure they are stored in the correct locations for when the volunteers are putting together relief packages for the charity’s clients. The young people also help bag up packages, particularly pet food for Loose Ends’ clients who have pets. The young people do not interact directly with clients of Loose Ends.
Loose Ends comment: “Members of our committee have worked with people with special educational needs in the past so we were keen to be able to support Prior’s Court. Now the young people are used to the system, they just come in, know what they have to do and get the work done. They have taken to it extremely well. It has worked brilliantly for us and you can see the young people love coming here and that they look forward to being here. It has been so rewarding for us to help the young people, but they also really help us too.”
Loose Ends has helped to facilitate the work placement by marking up its storage areas with images of items to indicate where donations should be placed, in line with our own Prior Approach best practice. This has helped our young people to work more efficiently at Loose Ends and enhances their independence in as it aids their ability to be able to complete the tasks set to them.
LK Beauty Reverse Advent Calendar & Donation
14th Feb 2020
We would like to thank LK Beauty, who conducted a 'Reverse Advent Calendar' over Dec 2019, donating the items collected and also a monetary donation to Loose Ends.
Our Chair, Linda Fergusson, went along to receive the cheque and items after the end of the appeal. Thank you LK Beauty.
Newbury Building Society - Winter Wrap-Up Appeal
14th Feb 2020
Newbury Building Society launched their Winter Wrap-Up Appeal over the Xmas period in which they encouraged employees and local people to donate any unwanted coats, hats, scarves as well as brand new socks to their local Newbury Building Society branch.
They had a hugely positive response from members of the public and were overwhelmed by the community’s kindness and generosity.
At the end of the appeal, Thatcham and Hungerford branches visited Loose Ends to provide us with the items collected. Thank you to all involved.
St Finian's School Donation
14th Feb 2020
A big thank you to St Finian's Primary School, Cold Ash, for their donation from their annual Carol Concert at St Gabriel's Convent. The children generously chose to donate the money raised to help the homeless and vulnerable of Newbury, with the Headteacher, Anna Jarratt, saying how important it was for the children to develop an understanding of the difficulties and pressures many people face in their lives today.
PUGs fundraising a great success
2nd Jan 2020
Thank you to the Peasemore Ukulele Group (PUGs) who wowed the crowds in John Lewis in Newbury just before Christmas and raised £666 on our behalf.
A big "Thank You" also to John Lewis for allowing them to come inside to play and get out of the awful weather and to all our volunteers who stood shaking our collection tins and to everyone who put money in those tins !
Christmas Dinner at Loose Ends
20th Dec 2019
The annual Loose Ends Christmas Dinner was held on Sunday 15th December.
Many thanks to all our Volunteers who made the event a great success.
Donation from Irwin Mitchell
20th Dec 2019
Loose Ends have received a donation of £3,000 from Irwin Mitchell solicitors as a contribution to our funds.
As mentioned in a previous News item, we have been nominated by Irwin Mitchell as their 'Charity of the Year' for 2019 and we are delighted to announce that our partnership will continue during the coming year.
Many thanks to everyone at Irwin Mitchell for their donation and continued support.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Volunteers!
19th Dec 2019
To all of our .....
Cooks - who cook in advance and on the day.
Collectors - who spend time collecting food from Waitrose, Pret, Tesco Metro, Nandos and elsewhere.
Session Volunteers - who prepare and serve food, wash up, give out food and clean the hall after the session.
Supervisors - who work with our volunteers and clients and manage our sessions.
Committee Members - for all the time you spend doing the management activities at Loose Ends –managing our food, training, hygiene, recruitment, newsletters, website, secretarial work, finances, attending meetings and planning our future.
And a big “thank you” to Pam who stood down as Chair during the autumn but is still a supervisor and does additional pastoral care.
Finally, we must thank all the individuals, organisations, companies etc who have donated food, clothing, toiletries, bedding and money.
Next year is our 30th Anniversary and we are planning a party for our clients and volunteers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Appeal for Funding - running costs for 2019-2020 and re-location to new premises
8th October 2019
Although we already receive generous support from our various sponsors, fundraising events and the public, Loose Ends will need to raise additional funding in the coming months to finance planned upgrades to our existing facilities at Morton Hall - in particular, some of our furniture and catering equipment which are reaching the end of their useful life.
We have also been informed by Newbury Baptist Church that they hope to redevelop our site and we may need to find a new location in Newbury. As a result, we need to reserve additional funds in case we need to finance moving costs, costs of new premises and development of these premises to accommodate our future needs.
To facilitate this, we have started a Project Page on the charity website 'The Good Exchange' to give our supporters the opportunity to make online donations to Loose Ends. As an additional boost, the Greenham Trust have agreed to match any donations made on the website.
The website can be accessed by clicking on the button to the left and following the instructions provided.
Thank you for helping to secure our future and giving us the opportunity to continue supporting the homeless in Newbury.
Annual Report released
7th October 2019
Following the recent AGM, we are pleased to release the Loose Ends Annual report which provides an overview and highlights of our activities over the past year - please click on the image to the left.
Several key items to mention:-
We served nearly 7500 meals to our clients during the year June 2018 - May 2019 (13% more than the number served in the previous year).
99% of our sessions were open with only 2 sessions (Christmas Day and Boxing Day) closed due to volunteer unavailability.
Approximately 2,700 food & toiletries parcels were handed out.
We rely on the support of nearly 70 volunteers to make food collections, run our sessions and organise our committee.
Loose Ends launches Lottery page
7th June 2019
There is now a new way to support Loose Ends and have some fun buying tickets for the West Berks Lottery. Tickets cost just £1 a week and you can win prizes up to £25,000. And if you buy a ticket via our page we get to keep 60% of the ticket price to put towards our activities in support of the homeless.
Here's how it works -
Visit the West Berks Lottery website by clicking on the logo on the left or going to the webpage
Click on 'Buy Tickets'
Type 'Loose Ends' in the 'Support a Cause' search bar
Select 'Go to Cause page' and buy your tickets
Best Of Luck !
Vodafone's 'LOST' graduates raise funds for the homeless
13th April 2019
Loose Ends has received a donation of £4776 from the Vodafone Graduate Charity Committee following their ‘LOST2019’ charity fundraising event. To complete this challenge, 30 Vodafone graduates were blindfolded and taken to various locations up to 100 miles away early in the morning. After removing the blindfolds, they then had the task of finding their way back to Vodafone HQ in Newbury without spending any money and arriving no later than 8pm that evening.
Our thanks to the Vodafone Foundation for this donation – and we are pleased to announce that all the participants made it back to Newbury HQ safe and sound !
Chieveley residents discover a fun way to raise money for Loose Ends
12th April 2019
Chieveley residents have raised £2637 for Loose Ends by taking part in the “Chieveley 50!” charity walk. This event involves around 50 local people committing to meet up and walk a mile a day over 50 days during the winter months. Each walker donates £1 for every mile walked and the proceeds have been donated to Loose Ends. It also provides an opportunity for local people to get together on a winter's day for a healthy walk and to make new friends.
Loose Ends vice-chairwoman Linda Ferguson said: “We were very grateful to receive the donation. It’s lovely to think that people think about us and are interested in us.”
Many thanks to the residents of Chieveley for their support.
Charity Coffee Morning
20th March 2019
Loose Ends are delighted that the Coffee Morning hosted by our local Indian community on Saturday 2nd March in the Town Hall was a great success with everyone enjoying the delicious goodies on sale.
The proceeds, together with additional matched funding from the Vodafone Foundation, reached almost £800.
We are extremely grateful to the Newbury Parivar Shakha charity for organising this event and to all of the customers who came along and supported the event.
Art Donation to Loose Ends
1st March 2019
Loose Ends has been presented with a beautiful framed picture painted by a former LE client who sadly passed away in December 2018. It was painted during Art Therapy classes at Eight Bells for Mental Health organisation and previously displayed at an one of their art exhibitions.
The painting is entitled “Musical Instruments” and was purchased by Penelope Enthoven, a former supervisor and friend of Loose Ends. Hearing of our client's passing, Penelope decided that the picture should be displayed Morton Hall as a fitting memorial to someone who is remembered fondly.
The picture is now on display at Morton Hall near to the table where our client enjoyed many meals and happy times.
Many thanks to Penelope for her kind donation.
Loose Ends nominated as Charity of the Year by Law Firm
4th February 2019
Loose Ends has been nominated as 'Charity of the Year' for 2019 by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Newbury. Each year, staff across its 13 offices nationwide hold a vote to select a local good cause which they can support through both voluntary work and fundraising events and this year the Newbury office has chosen Loose Ends.
Sarah Phillips, regional managing partner, said: “Loose Ends undertakes incredibly important work in the local area and we are already planning a range of activities across the year which will ensure that vital funds are raised to support the services that it provides.”
We are delighted to be chosen by Irwin Mitchell and look forward to a successful partnership.
Loose Ends attend Newbury Volunteer Event
12th January 2019
Loose Ends set up a stall at this event on 12th January 2019, organised by the West Berks Volunteer Bureau to showcase charities in Newbury.
The event was very worthwhile and we collected contact details for quite a few potential new volunteers and raised awareness of the work we do in the local community.