As we approach 2017 I would like to reflect on the last three years. We celebrated our third Anniversary on the 3rd October2016 and I am thinking, well, we are still here and still going strong, but, we have achieved so much more.
That first meeting at be Boat club Lower St Clears was not something to write home about, there was eight of us, two carers and two cared for’s plus four volunteers and our own Jane Rees , the Mayor of St Clears who came along and officially launched the club. Jane is always there to support and give a help in hand, thank you Jane, for all you do for the community.
The Q T Club was the only club within a ten mile radius of St Clears with one objective “to support carers, families and their loved ones suffering from a Dementia related illness. Being a carer myself, taking care of my wonderful wife Pamela for over nine years with Alzheimer’s and diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago there was a need to give carers the opportunity to socialize and share their experiences with other carers and to give those suffering some quality time, reminiscing about the good old times and sharing a musical afternoon.
During the past three years we have been able to slowly increase our membership and we now average 26 members at our Friday afternoon sessions, everything is free and includes membership, refreshments, entertainment and transport. Members are only asked to support the fortnightly raffle, prizes are supplied by the club. We have lost eight members during this period, through bereavement and those who are now in care/nursing homes.
We have only been able to do this with the support of two grants of £5000 from the Lottery “Awards for all, “from the very generous support given to the club by the St Clears Town Council over the past three years, they have supported us every step of the way, thank you so much. We have also needed to be seen to be helping ourselves and have raised over £4000 with coffee mornings, Bingo sessions, our Annual Christmas draw etc and we must not forget all the donations the club as received locally and from has far away as Germany, Scotland and around other parts of the U.K. A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.
March 23rd 2015 was a major achievement for the club, we became a register charity 1161025 so important to have credibility when out and about fund raising. It was during the latter part of 2015 that we changed venues, moving from the Boat club to the Memorial Hall, Market Street, Whitland. It was a very good move as the hall provided enough storage space to allow me to move the majority of the club’s Activities Equipment out of my home.
During 2016 the club set-up two day trips, they were successful and we will continue with more trips during the 2017 period. The club as arranged a Bingo evening on the 3rd December followed by a Christmas lunch on the 15th at a local restaurant.
The Trustees Committee meets every three months and continues to monitor the club’s financial position on a monthly basis with the clubs monthly Bank Statement.
The Activities Committee meet on the second Tuesday of each month looking after the clubs fortnightly sessions and arranging fund raising activities etc.