Yodel Delivers The Minims a Christmas Gift

A huge thank you to Yodel for their generous donation of £550 to The Minims, our service in Hatfield in Hertfordshire.  Chosen as their local Christmas charity of the year by the Yodel Hatfield Transport Office, The Minims was the lucky recipient of the proceeds of a Christmas raffle amongst the Yodel delivery drivers.  Photo shows Faye and Miggy from the Minims receiving the donation from Lisa and Diane from Yodel.  Thanks to all for this great support!

The ‘Hospitality Leadership Torch’ is passed! 

SJOG is delighted to announce a new chair for the charity.  Emma Gibbons was elected at the meeting of the board on 10 December which saw Brother Donatus Forkan step down from the position after six years.  This was quite a momentous occasion in the history of our organisation with this position being held by a lay-person for the first time. 

At the board meeting, Brother Donatus’ final act as chair was to thank his fellow trustees for their support during his tenure in office. He also thanked the CEO, Paul Bott, and the other members of the Executive Management Team (EMT) for their hard work in turning the charity around during the past two years or so - quite an exceptional achievement. Brother Donatus also thanked the previous trustees and previous members of the management team, all of whom in their own way have contributed to the work of the charity down the years.  

In congratulating Emma on her election as chair, Brother Donatus assured Emma of his full support as she assumes her new role and wished her every success and blessing in her work.  “I am sure that Emma will lead from the front and build a team that shares the same vison and dream for the charity. This will ensure its fidelity to the long traditions and the legacy that has been passed on from previous generations of followers of Saint John of God. In this way the work of charity will go from strength to strength over the coming years.   There is no doubt that this new chapter of the presence of Hospitality in the manner of Saint John of God in the UK will be exciting and effective in accompanying, serving more and more needy members in society and advocating on their behalf.”  Brother Donatus Forkan, OH  

Thank you to Scorton Buddies

People in our service in Scorton were delighted to receive a visit from Scorton Buddies coming with a delivery Christmas bags, full of biscuits, chocolates and shortbread. A perfect Christmas treat!  Scorton Buddies is a local befriending scheme and has been a massive support to SJOG especially during this year of the pandemic. The philanthropy of the Buddies extends to the wider community of Scorton and is supported widely by residents of the village who donate books, dvds, toys for sale to others – a real community effort which supports local people in need of a little bit of kindness.

“We are so grateful for their kindness.”  Thank you to Ian and all the Scorton Buddies from everyone at St John's Terrace - North Yorkshire Supported Living Services.

Helping others at Christmas

On a cold December night, Alex and Brendon from our supported living services in Bradford went out into Bradford city centre to hand out hampers that they and SJOG staff had put together for homeless people. It was a particularly cold night, but both guys were determined to go out and help others.

The four people to whom Alex and Brendon gave the hampers were over-whelmed and very appreciative of their gifts.  With two hampers left to give, Alex and Brendon offered these as extra gifts or to maybe to hand to a friend.  This offer was declined as they were alone and had no-one to hand the extra gift to. 

“It was so humbling that these extra gifts weren’t accepted as they didn’t want to accept too much from us.  Alex and Brendon are determined to get the remaining two gifts to people who need them so they plan to out again this week.

A massive thank you to Brendon, Alex, Katie and Adeena for their kindness and generosity, and giving up an evening at home in front of the fire to help others.  I am very proud of them all."

Michella Sunderland, Service Manager – Bradford Supported Living Services

Paul Bott – Highly Commended Charity Leader of the Year

At this year’s North East Charity Awards, our chief executive, Paul Bott was highly commended for Charity Leader of the Year. This category was to recognise exceptional voluntary sector leaders who make outstanding contributions to their organisation or the wider sector.

Paul was commended for being instrumental in the regeneration of the charity since joining us in October 2018, and for making the charity vibrant again.  Engaging the genius of all SJOG’s colleagues and trusting that they knew the answers to the problems we faced at the time, Paul channelled this energy and creativity to be ambitious for the people we serve.

Together we’ve rediscovered and reconnected SJOG’s purpose, which put simply is ‘we’re here to help’.

An Extra Special Christmas Tree

People at Lindisfarne Court, our residential care service in Darlington, decided to do something a little different this year and in addition to their usual Christmas trees, they have a ‘positive quote from each of the people we support Christmas tree’.

Each little label which adorns the tree has a lovely positive message as below: 

From Mike:  The beauty of Christmas lies not just in the date but in the feeling it gives.

From Peter:  Wishing you love, health, happiness and inner peace all through and beyond this holiday season.

From Ronnie:  What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.

From Graham: The best Christmas gift is to realise how much you have already.

From Stephen: Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts.

From Jack: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

From Craig: Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.

From Russ:  It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it.

From June: Keep your Christmas heart open all year round.

From Barry: A little more sparkle, a little less stress. This Christmas, I wish you the very best.

From Ebony: Are you part of the inn crowd or are you one of the stable few?

Happy Christmas everyone!

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