Unlocking Loneliness Since 1982

sop wins organisation of the year at harrogate volunteering oscars 2014

We were absolutely thrilled to receive the Organisation of The Year award at the Volunteering Oscars in October. We accepted it on behalf of the whole team and especially all our wonderful volunteers, who gave over 3,500 hours of their own time last year.

We were also really pleased that John Beck and Glyn Robins were highly commended in the Trustee category as was David Healy in the New Volunteer of The Year category.

What a fantastic achievement!

2014 AGM

A record 32 people attended our AGM.

Many thanks to the wonderful at Engage Mutual for allowing us to once again use their boardroom with fantastic views over the Crimple Valley and for providing refreshments.

Jackie Ashton was elected as vice-chair of the trustee board and everyone enjoyed listening to the reports of a wonderful year for SOP.

After the business part of the meeting Anthony Kerr, the chair of the Over 50's Forum gave us a fascinating talk about the Forum's work.

international day of older persons 2014

‚ÄčOnce again the Harrogate Wesley Centre generously hosted our International Day of Older Personscelebration on 2nd October. Sixty people including the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate enjoyed a service of thanksgiving, a wonderful lunch and a concert in the afternoon, including bell ringers, singing and poetry!

Here is a video of our Young at Heart Choir, entertaining everyone at the concert organised by Judith Simpson. Apologies for the quality as it was taken on a iPhone, but hopefully it will give you an idea of the performance!

andrew jones mp visits sop

We were delighted to welcome Andrew Jones, MP, to SOP in September as part of his annual Volunteering Week.

He spent the morning at a coffee morning we arranged so he could meet some of our clients and the discussion was stimulating to say the least!

In the afternoon he visited a client and her volunteer at home. In his blog Andrew said how obvious the difference that having a volunteer has made to the client's life and what a great match they are. His key thought on leaving was how rewarding it was for both volunteer and client.

Many thanks to Andrew for giving us so much of his time!

sop christmas party 2013

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