Our Community Volunteers are at the very heart of everything we do here at the Hilltop Centre, and on Friday 19th December we celebrated their success with a day of festivities and awards.
The Community Volunteer scheme operates to provide local residents with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a variety of roles, together with access to work place qualifications and functional skills such as English, Maths and ICT.
Over the course of the last 12 months the Community Volunteers have assisted over 800 people from all across the district with, computer courses and digital skills, understanding health information online, community health referrals, clubs classes and groups, vocational activities and personal development support as well as working with staff and students at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and other Community Groups in a variety of projects and activities.
All of our Community Volunteers received an individual award for their efforts and achievements throughout 2014, with one special award being made to the Volunteer who has made the most personal progression. It was a very difficult decision to pick just one Volunteer but we are very pleased to announce that Tracy Hancox was awarded Volunteer of the Year 2014 and received a special Hilltop Christmas Cake.
Tracy has been with the Hilltop Centre for 4 months and in that time has shown determination and a passion for helping others. She has also overcome a lot of barriers and made an outstanding amount of progress as well as gaining new qualifications. On behalf of everyone here at the Hilltop Centre we would like to congratulate Tracy on her award.
The volunteers here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre have been very busy helping “Santa” to wrap up a mountain of presents for the Warmsworth and Edlington Lions. The Lions tour the local communities each year with their Sleigh, and give out presents to local children along the route while raising money for good causes.
Anyone who would like to visit Santa can catch him at the Co-op in Edlington on Saturday 13th December 10am – 2pm & also at Violet Avenue Top shops, Edlington on the 16th 3.30 – 6pm.
Santa will also be at the Lidl in Balby on the 18th 2pm – 6pm, Asda in Edlington on the 20th 10 – 2pm & his final appearances this year will be at Morrisons in Balby on the 22nd & 23rd 10 – 4pm both days. The Warmsworth & Edlington Lions are looking forward to seeing you all soon.
With the help of local resident and professional Change Ringer Helen Nichols, we have been running very successful Bell Ringing taster sessions here at the Hilltop Centre. Due to the large amount of interest we are receiving in the sessions, we are looking to set up 2 groups each week in the new year. The groups will be split to cater for Children and Adults.
If you are interested in getting involved with the group, then please contact us here at the Hilltop Centre on 01709 863268 to register your details. You don’t need to be able to read music as the ringing is co-ordinated using numbers and full training will be given.
Everyone involved so far is having a great time at the sessions, so why not come along for a try out and maybe join them in the future. Sessions will start again in the new year, days and times to be agreed. Free tea and coffee is provided.
Bell Ringing is a very enjoyable hobby and encourages team work, co-ordination and socialisation. For more information you can also email Helen at email@example.com.
Healthwatch was established on 1st April 2013 and is an independent consumer champion who will ensure that everyone in Doncaster has the opportunity to have their voice heard with the objective of making adults and children’s health and social care
services better in Doncaster.
Healthwatch Doncaster (HWD) will:
Collect YOUR experiences/stories of health and social care services to help improve them and shape future service provision
Signpost/help point you to the service that is right for you
Support you in making a complaint about your NHS service experience
Your Healthwatch is active throughout the Doncaster Borough through Community Hubs that are held regularly. Currently, these are held at Edlington Hilltop Centre, Holmescarr Centre and the Moorends Miners Welfare in Moorends. You can keep up to date where your Healthwatch will be next on the website:
If you’re in the area, come and say hello to your Healthwatch! Membership of your Healthwatch is FREE and open to everyone in the Doncaster Borough. If you would like to become a HWD Ambassador and volunteer your time in a number of roles, speak to the support team through the contact details below.