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It was a ‘mad’ March for the Knutsford Hosts!

March was a busy month as the Hosts volunteered to help the Friends of the Moor and the Friends of the Heath with their litter picks in support of the Clean for the Queen campaign.

We also helped with the annual Marie Curie Daffodil collection day at Booths supermarket.

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Knutsford Hosts to work with Sharston House and Sunrise of Mobberley

KNUTSFORD Hosts is to trial a new scheme aimed at addressing the issue of loneliness among the town’s senior citizens.

Knutsford Hosts is a community volunteering scheme with more than 100 members.

It acts as a pool of community volunteers, providing extra support for the town’s many events, organisations and local charities.

Knutsford Hosts is to trial a new visiting scheme for Sharston House Nursing Home at Knutsford and Sunrise of Mobberley care home.

Hosts chairman Sarah Flannery said: “For some time I’ve been thinking about what we – Knutsford Hosts – might be able to do to help to address the issue of loneliness among our senior citizens.

“Many of the residents at Sharston House have few or no visitors, sometimes for the simple reason that friends and family no longer live locally and are so far away they cannot visit often.

“This is an issue which is also faced by Sunrise of Mobberley and other care homes, but as a start we have decided to trial a new initiative – a visiting scheme for Sharston House and Sunrise.

“Having a friendly face to pop in and take some time to simply sit with residents for a chat or offer some companionship will really brighten their day.

“The volunteers will benefit too, by being able to make such a difference and improve the quality of life for our town’s special citizens.

“I envisage this visiting scheme as something that can be embraced by anyone in the community.”

Sarah has also approached Knutsford Lions and the Rotary Club of Knutsford Rotary to seek their support for the visiting initiative.

To launch the scheme Sharston House and Sunrise of Mobberley are hosting events next Monday, March 12.

Sharston House manager Nishi Gottlieb said: “At Sharston House we believe it is really important for our residents to stay connected with their local community.

“I think this visiting scheme is a lovely idea, which will really brighten the day for our residents, especially those who have limited mobility.”

Carol Curling, activities and volunteer co-ordinator at Sunrise of Mobberley said: “Sunrise Mobberley residents really enjoy meeting people from the local area, keeping in touch with what is happening and sharing experiences, and I hope those who join in this visiting scheme will find it rewarding too.


Cheshire East & Knutsford Lions – thank you!

Hosts 6The Knutsford Hosts is run by volunteers for volunteers as a Community Association. Our overheads are minimal thanks to the generosity of individuals and some local businesses who support us in various ways.

One main cost is that of ensuring we hold Public Liability Insurance so Hosts are protected. And thanks to the Knutsford and District Lions Club, that insurance has been renewed for another 12 months.

Another main cost is that of manufacturing our pin badges which are presented to new Hosts at our welcome events. Thanks to a Cheshire East Council Community Grant we have been able to commission a new batch.


Town Mayor welcomes new Hosts

Our first welcome event of 2016 saw the Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean, present badges to the new Hosts. A packed Town Council meeting room enjoyed a glass of wine, courtesy of Sarah Flannery, and heard about the projects we have been asked to support during the first few months of the year.
As ever, the Hosts showed how keen they are to help and signed up to help a variety of causes and organisations from Tabley House to the Clean for the Queen litter picks.

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Community spirit is alive

Hosts 1I WOULD like to say the biggest, most heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the wonderful Knutsford hosts for their massive contribution to Knutsford this year.

We now have more than 60 hosts and they give their time and skills selflessly.

Come rain or shine, they have contributed well over 1,800 hours of voluntary time to both promote this wonderful town and to support the activities and groups that are the backbone of our community life. Continue reading

Town comes together to provide residents with Christmas Day lunch

Hosts 4KNUTSFORD came together on Christmas Day to help provide a special festive meal for residents.

Knutsford Lions have held the annual dinner for those who living on their own for the past 30 years.

The Lions were supported by the Knutsford Hosts at this year’s dinner, with Cllr Tony Dean, Mayor of Knutsford, also popping in to visit.

The Lions said: “Once again we provided lunch for about 40 people who would otherwise have been on their own on Christmas Day. We are particularly grateful to the volunteers who helped with the preparation and serving of food, entertaining and taxiing of our guests.”

From Knutsford Guardian

In the run up to Christmas

In the run up to Christmas 2015 the Hosts were busy helping Knutsford and District Lions with their annual street collection, supporting the Town Council at the annual Christmas Market and the Tatton Yule Yomp.
We also found time for a festive get together for a drink in the Lord Eldon.

Christmas mascots for the kids at CAFT