My role is paid for by various statutory organisations in Devon, in partnership together and it’s part time. The aims of my role are to stop people being isolated and where possible become more involved in their community and become less likely to visit the doctor due to illness.
I also work closely with St Thomas Community Association- supporting events and linking people of similar interest together. I also help any group who asks me to come and meet them in St Thomas area – they may need advice about an event or funding.
This also means I knock on people’s doors and briefly chat to them about what they’d like to see in their community. I respond to what they tell me and try to link them up with the appropriate people/organisations. I attend meetings and events as part of or to represent the community and most of all I try to encourage community-lead projects to happen in the area, plus when I hear of upcoming events I tell others – either via social media, posters or leaflets in specifically targeting those who I know will be interested. Events can be for any section of the community as there are over 7000 of us in St Thomas, young and old alike. Community is about all of us.
If you have any concerns or ideas please contact me.
It's been a while since I've had chance to write any posts. It's been a very busy year and now 2018 is upon us! The St Thomas Community Association Annual General Meeting was held last week and an almost entirely new committee was elected. Enormous thanks to Kathy Rufolo and her outgoing team - what a wonderful job they have done this last 3 years. They have left a great framework of resources for the new committee to continue the great work they have established in St Thomas and bring even more new ideas to St Thomas for 2018.
A meeting of the new committee has been set up and soon we will be able to release news of the dates of the 2018 St Thomas Festival and information of plans for activities throughout the year. In the mean time, please put Sunday 18th February 2018 in your diaries for our first full St Thomas Community Association Meeting to be held at 8pm in the St Thomas Methodist Church Lounge (accessed to the right of the building). Hope to see you there.
We are stunned to hear the news of the Manchester Attack last night and our thoughts are with all those affected, their friends and family. We have received a bulletin from Devon and Cornwall Police as follows:
I am sure you are all aware of the terror attack last night in Manchester.
This email is to offer reassurance to our communities, please could I ask you all to spread the message that Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to support our communities and we encourage any concerns or incidents to be reported at the earliest opportunity.
Below are all the ways to contact us.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost and injured and with emergency service colleagues who responded.
Diversity Office Devon and Cornwall Police
Bideford Police Station, New Road Bideford.
On Thursday last week, many local residents headed for their polling stations and cast their votes for their preferred candidate to represent them on Devon County Council and in some cases, Exeter City Council as well. The local winners are as follows:
Devon County Council
Alphington & Cowick - Yvonne Atkinson (Labour)
Exwick & St Thomas - Rob Hannaford (Labour)
Exeter City Council by election (following the death of Cllr Paul Bull)
St Thomas - Heather Morris (Labour)
St Thomas Community Association retains a strictly neutral political stance and works together with our local councillors to make a better St Thomas for everyone regardless of their party allegiance.
The fantastic STCA-Team are arranging a fundraising quiz to help raise money for the running of the St Thomas Festival. The St Thomas Festival is free to attend but the infrastructure required (facilities, security, insurance and structures) cost quite a bit of money. To keep it free, we are running lots of fun fundraising activities throughout the year. Come along to the quiz and have some fun playing along whilst raising some money for our lovely annual event.
This last weekend was a very busy one in St Thomas.
On Saturday night, the Exeter Male Voice Choir hosted a concert in the St Thomas Methodist Church. Here is a sample of their fantastic singing from our YouTube channel.
As another fantastic treat supporting them was our very own St Thomas-based singers, St Thomas Gospel Choir. Here is a sample of them on the night.
On Sunday, a group of amazing A-Team volunteers joined in with Bloom'In St Thomas to take part in the The Big Springclean, picking up litter around St Thomas. Following that, we went down to the St Thomas precinct to join the St Thomas branch of Exeter Food Fight to enjoy some free food and talk to others who were there enjoying what was on offer.
On Sunday evening, the St Thomas Community Association got together for a really successful March meeting. This month we had PCSO for St Thomas, Will Malcolm and Simon Lane from Exeter City Council and we discussed various things around the topic of anti-social behaviour in St Thomas and Exeter as a whole. It was interesting to hear their views and we learnt a lot about the strategies that the police and the council are putting in place to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city.
Next month's meeting will be focusing on youth work in St Thomas and what we can do to make our area of the city a better place for young people to live. The meeting is on Sunday 2nd April at 8pm in the St Thomas Methodist Church Lounge, Cowick Street.
STCA Chairperson, Kathy Rufolo talks about the STCA meeting, this Sunday...
"THIS MONTH we have invited Simon Lane of Exeter City Council to talk with us regarding strategies to deal with anti-social behaviour in the local area, particularly our parks and open spaces, where some of our community development work has been undone through vandalism. Do come and join us if you have any bright ideas on how to reduce such anti social behaviour or you would just be glad to get on board with any strategies that Simon and the group come up with.
I know that we have had some good discussions in this group regarding community centres and particularly youth work in St Thomas. This topic of reducing anti-social behaviour this month I think should lead on to a youth strategy focused meeting next month as these things are not unrelated I'm sure. Do come along this Sunday evening. Everyone is welcome."
Please join us on Sunday 5th March at 8pm in the St Thomas Methodist Church Lounge. Entrance to the right of the building.
This Sunday morning, the Bloom'in St Thomas group and our STCA Youth Coordinator, Joe Levy, are leading the St Thomas Big Spring Clean.
"As part of the Great British Spring Clean, we're having a big tidy up of St Thomas! We'll be clearing up litter to make our area safer and cleaner for wildlife and more pleasant for everyone. Every year, the RSPCA gets more than 5000 calls about wildlife caught up or injured in litter."
If you want to join in, meet at the entrance to St Thomas Pleasure Ground on Cowick Street on Sunday 5th March at 10am.
Today, I've created a new page on the website for information about local St Thomas community groups. I'd like to build this page up with info about more groups. If you'd like to have your group added to the page, please let me know by sending me an email through the Contact Us page.