Bobby Van News

Read the full article

Director’s Message
Safeguarding people for 20 years Stay Safe Online
At the Trust we recognize that the loneliness felt by our clients continues to increase, as life expectancy rises and people increasingly living alone or far from their families. A recent study showed that a fifth of older Britons felt lonely all of the time. This isolation has a serious effect on both their mental and physical health. The computer helps to prevent loneliness, it enables people to keep in touch with family and friends, interests and is a useful shopping tool. Our Stay Safe Online Scheme was launched last year to ensure our clients are safe whilst using their computers. Further details of the scheme are overleaf. Social Media Please have a look at our new website that our administrator, Paula Evans, has transformed; she is also our social media guru. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are where all the latest news, security tips and information can be found and is regularly updated with information supplied by Wiltshire Police.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Email is an important means of communication and these new regulations coming into force in May means that only those who have given explicit consent can be contacted by email. So if you can help us cut our postage costs and are happy to receive the newsletter and information on fundraising events by email please send your consent to if you have not already done so.

Modern Day Heroes Our home security service was once known as ‘Wiltshire’s best kept secret’. We have worked hard to raise public awareness of our service. This has led to an increase in referrals and we have recently appointed a third operator, Will Todd, to cope with the demand. Based mid county he is ideally located to support Mick Leighfield in the south of the County and Doug Batchelor in the north and Swindon. Doug recently attended a client who described him as a modern day hero. Well Wiltshire now has three heroes operating in the County For me, this is my 11th year at the Trust, and I want to thank our Patron, Vice Patrons, Trustees, headed by Robert Hiscox, the wonderful volunteers and the operational team for their continued support and for making this role so rewarding. And of course our donors without whom we couldn’t carry out this vital work.