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We are now a Friends Against Scams Organisation!

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is now a Friends Against Scams organisation. Over 75% of our staff and volunteers have completed the Friends Against Scams training to enable us to obtain this standard.

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

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Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection.

Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action.

Anybody can join Friends Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.

Friends Against Scams currently also has funding to provide people living with dementia with free trueCall call-blocking equipment to reduce the number of nuisance and scam telephone calls they receive. The Wiltshire Bobby Van is also helping them to provide this service by informing people we visit with dementia of the offer and assisting in the process of accessing the free units.

 

 

Local PCSO sky dive raises over £600

Kelly Watts is a Police Community Support Officer based at Devizes, Wiltshire and has worked for Wiltshire Police for over 10 years. During that time, she has worked closely with The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust team; that has helped thousands to stay safe in their homes after having been a victim of crime. It has been one of her personal goals to do a sky dive she thought there was no better way of doing than to combine it with raising money for this great local charity.

She has put through referrals to The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust for victims of crimes such as distraction burglaries, victims of domestic abuse, and older, vulnerable people and it’s wonderful to the effect that the Bobby Van service has, being such a small charity, on making these people feel more secure and safe in their own homes across the whole of Wiltshire and Swindon.

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This follows on from the work we do in the police, and provides the follow up that we are not able to provide. Wiltshire Police work in partnership with the Bobby Van Trust to provide this great service.

Kelly says:

“All the staff of the Bobby Van team are amazing – the two operators who go out to people’s homes, the ladies in the office who coordinate all the work, the two teams of volunteers,  and the fundraising team.”

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Since was established in 1998, and has undertaken over 20,355 home visits and attended/delivered 1,004 talks and events during that time.

Kelly’s sky dive this summer has raised over £600 to help continue the vital work the Trust does in supporting and protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the county.

Huge thanks Kelly – it looks like you had a fantastic time too!

Helping to make Britain the safest place in the world to be online

This morning Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Director, Jennie Shaw, was interviewed by Marie Lennon on her morning radio show for BBC Wiltshire.

Jennie spoke about the work of the Bobby Van’s Stay Safe Online initiative, as it married up well with Marie’s coverage of the Government’s announcement regarding their Internet Safety Strategy to make Britian the safest place in the world to be online.

The radio show will be available for another 29 days, and can be listened to on the BBC iPlayer here. Jennie’s interview starts at 49mins 30secs into the show.

MCF Awards Announced!

Provincial Charity Steward, Ian Priest, has announced the winners of the Wiltshire Province’s MCF Awards, and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust receives a wonderful £6,000!

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Trust, this money will ensure that more vulnerable people in Wiltshire and Swindon are visited and made safer in their own homes.

Representatives from the four award winning charities will be present at the Grand Provincial Lodge in Salisbury on the morning of Thursday 5th October.

 

Bowood Proms 2017

A great weekend of music and fun was had at the Bowood Proms this year, and raised a total of £1,201 for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust!

Saturday 5th August was Classic Ibiza night and was full of iconic Ibiza anthems. A chill-out set in the first half was followed by a half hour interval with DJ Goldierocks playing the latest Ibiza tunes.

Sunday 6th August was the turn of the more traditional Great British Prom. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, made their debut at Bowood to celebrate British music from across the home nations. They were joined by Classical Brit Award winning Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Philippa Healey and traditional piped band, for performances of Proms favourites, closing with a spectacular firework display.

Looking forward to another very soon!

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One from the Archives – Let them eat cake!

2008 marked the tenth year celebrations for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust – 2018 will be twenty years!

The team have continued to work tirelessly to protect the most vulnerable people living within our community. The 10th anniversary was a milestone which illustrated the continued demand for the service which secures the homes of the elderly and vulnerable against burglary, fire, domestic violence and hate crime.

Many fundraising events took place throughout that Summer, but the Trust was particularly proud to have the enthusiastic support of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who attended a special birthday celebration at the Melksham Divisional HQ in May 2008 for an official public photo call and accepted the keys for the two new Bobby Vans.

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Record amount raised for local charities at Middlewick House Open Gardens

More than £22,000 was raised for local charities at a special open gardens event at the Corsham home of Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason and his wife Annette.

This was the most the event has raised in its four-year history. The money raised will be split between The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal.

The gardens, at Middlewick House in Corsham, were busy all weekend (10 and 11 June 2017) as thousands of visitors enjoyed the beautiful gardens. Attracting a lot of interest were Nick’s sports and classic cars which were on display, plus the family’s animals. Visitors also browsed a range of stalls, including plants, gifts and pieces by Alan Dun, one of Bath’s leading fine art sculptors.

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Pictured above: Nick & Annette Mason with Bobby Van Operator Doug Batchelor in front of our very popular book stall.

Both the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance are charities that are close to Nick and Annette’s hearts. Annette is a Vice Patron of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust; and Nick and Annette recently became Ambassadors for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Nick Mason said: “Annette and I are thrilled at the support our open gardens event received, which in turn has raised vital funds for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal. Both charities do such wonderful work in the community helping people in need.”

Jennie Shaw, Director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said: “We are delighted by the success of this year’s open gardens weekend at Middlewick House. The amount raised for local charities set a new record. We’d like to thank everyone who visited, volunteered at the event, donated items including cakes for sale and raffle prizes and also to the residents of Middlewick Lane, Corsham, who are so supportive.

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust will be using the funds raised to roll out our new initiative supporting people over the age of 60 to identify online fraud, which is Wiltshire’s fastest growing crime targeting the elderly.”

David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We are so grateful to Nick and Annette Mason for supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance and to everyone who attended the open gardens event. The funds raised will go to our Airbase Appeal to complete the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington, near Melksham.”

More pictures from the weekend:

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The Bobby Vans pretending to be sports cars! Clouds were looming the day before, but the weekend weather was lovely.

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Kath Williams, Bobby Van Administrative Coordinator/Liaison Officer with Mike Biscoe, one of our lovely Camera Volunteers – our bookstall was so busy there was no room left for them!

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The sausages were sizzling all weekend; with tea, coffee, cake and ice cream to keep everyone happy.

There was a huge amount to explore and discover, thanks to all for a wonderful weekend, and for helping to raise such an amazing amount for both charities.

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Help us win up to £25,000!

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help us receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website: mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Wiltshire page and vote for the charity of their choice.

The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

Jennie Shaw, Director at The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust said:

“A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Please remember that every single vote counts.”

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

To vote for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to win up to £25,000, visit: mcf.org.uk/vote