Who we Are
Thornton Le Dale Village Hub is coordinated by a management committee that oversee the range of projects, social activities and fundraising events the Hub is involved in. Current members of the committee include:
Natalie G – Chair and Website Management
Ian M – Vice-Chair and Squirrel Wood Project Leader
Sue M – Secretary
Rebecca B – Treasurer
Gaye B – Facebook and Village Choir Project Leader
Roy L – Railings Maintenance Project Leader
Joy F – Newsletter Project Leader
Lynne H – Provision of Social Events for the Elderly
Adrian F – Planting Project Leader
Mission Statement, Aims and Objectives
Thornton Le Dale Village Hub was founded in 2018 by Denise Rajab and Roger Sharples, who continue to actively volunteer. The Hub’s aims remain the same as they did at the time of founding:
- To encourage the development of a group of volunteers in the village to be involved in initiating, planning and delivering a range of activities that will enhance the local community and the village environment.
- To plan and deliver a range of activities that represent the needs of the community.
- To maintain and enhance the village environment and its facilities.
- To consult with members of the local community to reflect their opinions and ideas.
- To promote a feeling of ownership and responsibility for the local environment through the involvement of volunteers.
- To develop new initiatives in the village.
- To organise events that will raise the funds that are necessary to implement these initiatives.
- To create opportunities for members of the community to meet, particularly those living on their own.
COMMUNITY XCHANGE PROJECT
During 2020 we were asked to contribute to a Voices of Ryedale ‘Community Xchange’ project, which has the focus of developing a network of community hubs in order to share best practice, learn from experience and offer peer support. The intention is for this to be a physical network of communities but, to get the project started, we were asked to contribute via video recordings, where we explain our ethos and what we do as a coordinated volunteer group. The hope is to inspire other communities to create their own ‘Hub’ to enable residents to get involved in the types of activity our expert project leaders coordinate and valuable volunteers contribute to. Many thanks to David, Stephen and Roy for their contributions; the clip below gives background on the Hub and its aims and objectives.
Covid-19 Response 2020
Hub members did a fantastic job of supporting our local community during the Covid-19 lockdown period. A huge thank you to all of you for your help during what was, and continues to be, a difficult time for many. Activities carried out by our wonderful Hub team include:
- establishing a COVID WhatsApp group to provide online information, linked to the Ryedale COVID site
- delivery of a newsletter to each household, aimed at ensuring those potentially isolated and without a local support network or online capability had information to hand
- a prescriptions delivery service for those unable to collect themselves
- provision of volunteer delivery drivers for the local farm shop, Cedar Barn, who were overwhelmed by demand for delivery of food stuffs to those isolating in the village
- provision of a contact telephone number for queries.
- online information about local suppliers offering delivery into the village
- arranging ‘buddy’ telephone support for those who were anxious