From cooking up some tasty treats to mending your socks......

Word seems to be getting out about our Touchstones project and so much has happened over the last few months.  We are working with our delivery partners Age UK in rural areas of Harrogate, Craven and Wakefield to support older, bereaved people to learn practical skills such as cookery, IT, gardening and sewing!

Our approach is very different in all 3 geographic areas and our colleagues in Age UK are engaging beneficiaries and recruiting volunteers, with a wide range of skills, they are either looking to develop or to pass on to others.

In March, the Harrogate Touchstones coffee club started up, and this group will be meeting every Friday morning.  We had an excellent turn out for the very first meeting, which was also superbly supported by an expanding team of volunteers passing on cookery skills and knowledge to our bereaved people and supporting Wendy Holt, our Harrogate based Development Officer to ensure all attendees were fed and watered!   

Libby Eades has also been running some taster cookery sessions in several different locations across Wakefield with really promising results, in fact Libby has been bringing some tasty creations back to the office on a regular basis!  Libby is also planning some computing classes offering support with all things IT and we have just recruited a new Touchstones volunteer who would like to support our beneficiaries to develop their sewing skills.

So if you’re keen to find out more information about the different classes we are running, or would like to become a volunteer and are based in Harrogate, Craven or Walefield then please contact Joanna Bayton-Smith at RAY on 0845 3130270.  We also have a Touchstones page on our website which includes a calendar of all events and volunteer meet and greet sessions we have planned and a regular blog page to keep you up to date with what's happening.