Herald - Issue 450

Page 12 • The HERALD • 7th December 2023 v EMAIL YOUR NEWS: editor@herald-publishing.co.uk v A.M.H. Handyman Services Internal & External Painting All aspects of DIY Work • Flat Pack Assembly Power Washing: Driveways, Patios, Paths & Decking Gutter, Fascia Boards & Window Cleaning (Bungalows only) Call or email Andy for a free estimate Tel: 07961 443623 handyandyharding@gmail.com Local and Reliable FREE ESTIMATES • 10 YEAR GUARANTEE HYTHE: office.atlaswindows@gmail.com FAX/PHONE 023 8084 0441 Unit 2, Hardley Ind Est, Southampton ESTABLISHED FOR 30 YEARS THE LOCAL WINDOW COMPANY WITH THE BIG REPUTATION SUPPLY & INSTALL • Windows • Porches • Conservatories in PVCu • Doors • Choice of Colours & Woodgrain All aspects of Plastering & General Decorating Covered Free Quotations Fully Insured Mobile 07941 255335 Phone: 023 8089 8324 parkesij@yahoo.co.uk www.ijs4plastering.co.uk PC PAINTING & DECORATING SERVICES Interior/Exterior Painting Decorating & Small Home Improvements Paul 07783 405977 Free Estimates ~ Fully Insured 30 years experience pcdecor8@gmail.com The next Herald is out on 4th January OAKHAVEN NEIGHBOURS SCHEME CELEBRATES 10TH BIRTHDAY e Oakhaven Neighbours scheme was created ten years ago to provide Oakhaven’s patients with nonclinical support and companionship at home. Over the past decade, this volunteer programme has ourished, now with over y volunteers generously giving a few hours a week. In 2013 it was identi ed that many of Oakhaven’s patients were su ering from loneliness and isolation at home. Sometimes people facing end of life can feel lonely even when there are family members and carers around. Forming a friendship with someone outside of their illness can make a huge di erence to a person’s well-being. Oakhaven Neighbours was created in response to this need; a team of trained volunteers now each generously give several hours a week to support people in their own homes. e ‘Neighbours’ help with everyday tasks that can sometimes seem overwhelming; going out for a chat over co ee or sometimes sitting with them so that their carer can get out for a much-needed break safe in the knowledge that their loved one is in capable hands. In just the last year alone, Neighbours have supported 120 people across the New Forest, Totton and Waterside areas and given a total of 4,400 hours! e amazing di erence is evident in eresa’s story, she became a Neighbour to a lady who hadn’t le her at for six years. As eresa said: “I took my lady out in a wheelchair lent by Oakhaven; it was the first time she had been out in six years, except for to rights over a coffee and bacon and egg sandwich in a local cafe. It is a very valuable, worthwhile use of free time, developing friendships with people with different or very interesting life histories; I so love a good chat.” Volunteer and be a part of something special! A friendly team of volunteers, Oakhaven Neighbours welcome new volunteers throughout the year. Full training is provided, along with ongoing support. Become an Oakhaven Neighbour and you’ll make a real di erence to the quality of someone’s life and be a part of a dedicated and valued team. If you have a little time to pop in and visit someone locally, Oakhaven would love to hear from you. To nd out more about the scheme and becoming an Oakhaven Neighbour, please contact Sara at neighbours@oakhavenhospice.co.uk leaving a contact telephone number. A group of Oakhaven Neighbours volunteers in the garden at Oakhaven Hospice within an ambulance! We went for a stroll around her neighbourhood; she absolutely loved it and was so happy feeling the breeze on her cheeks! I left a happy lady, and we look forward to going further afield next time”. Another Oakhaven Neighbour explained: “Being a hospice neighbour is so varied and enjoyable. It’s humbling to know how much giving up a small amount of time to support others can mean to them, whether it be doing their shopping, taking them shopping, gardening, walking the dog, going out for a drive around the New Forest or to a garden centre or setting the world New Forest Acting Up is a new programme supported by Culture in Common that is bringing drama, music, magic, lm and Christmas shows to six community venues across the New Forest. Coming up in December: Saturday 9th December A Christmas Carol with David Mynne at Lyndhurst Vernon eatre, 7.45pm, for tickets call the box o ce: 07802 791688. Saturday 9th December Christmas. Time. With Nearta eatre at New Milton Memorial Centre, 7.30pm, for tickets call the box o ce: 01425 629451. Sunday 10th December A Christmas Carol with David Mynne at St Marks Community Hall in Pennington, 2.30pm for tickets call the box o ce: 01590 679310. Thursday 14th December Merry Adventures of Robin Hood with Forest Forge and Bumble y at Fawley Jubilee Hall, 6pm, tickets are on sale in e Herald O ce or call 07743 028469. For full event details please visit: cultureincommon. co.uk/whats-on Culture in Common Presents New Forest Acting Up