Hands Together Ludlow opens the door to new opportunities
Since taking on the old dance studio and chapel in Lower Galdeford at the beginning of August, Hands Together Ludlow have been working hard to turn the building into a new hub for volunteering and community support activities.
It’s been an exciting whirlwind with lots of businesses and individuals helping with the preparation from Broad Bean who donated the community fridge, to R J Laurie timber merchants, South Shropshire Glass and Howdens who have all donated generously to the Men’s Shed. We could not have made such good progress without them and the volunteers who have cleaned, constructed, wired, and painted.
The Ludlow Men’s Shed has a new, permanent home in the building and the Community Fridge is also up and running. More projects and activities are planned for development over the coming months such as setting up computers and printers for drop in use, employment support and digital inclusion sessions, cookery courses and advice, hosting support groups, providing advice, and signposting to help and services.
The building is having its official opening on 10th November, and all are welcome to call in, have a look at what we have done, hear about our plans and get involved if you can. If you can’t make it on the 10th, feel free to drop in when you are passing.
We are working towards the building becoming a focus for networking and partnerships in Ludlow so that we can all work together, people and organisations alike, to help the community to help itself.
Just some of what we already do:
Recruit, train, and match volunteers with those in need:
- Dog walking
- Walking buddies
- Cooking and food activities
- Digital inclusion
- Youth mentoring
- Job club/CV writing
Network with and support other charities and organisations including:
- Work with the Food Bank
- Reducing food waste
- Support SYF activities
- Social Prescribing
- Food Network
- Men’s Shed
- Healthy Eating courses and support
- Good Start Together parental support
- Lunch Club and Afternoon Tea
- Christmas Day lunch
- Community Fridge
- Good Grief Café
- Community Transport
- Community Helpline… and much more!
Hands Together can only achieve all this with the help and support of the local community. During the Covid 19 lockdowns the help and support we received was magnificent. Since the restrictions lifted and many of our volunteers returned to their jobs, we have been working hard to develop our volunteering opportunities and the team. We have regular and occasional volunteer roles from a day a week to a couple of hours a month and would love to hear from you. You can fill out a (non-binding!) volunteer form here and our Volunteer Coordinator, Nicola Read, will be in touch.
Our new website will soon be launched and will be full of information and What’s On news but in the meantime, if you want to sign up for our newsletter please email email@example.com; follow our Facebook page @handstogetherludlow or give the Helpline a ring: 01584 817 250.