Stutton Support Network
We will be working with Stutton Community Shop to do what we can to support local residents during the Coronavirus epidemic. If you or anyone you know needs to self-isolate and needs shopping delivered etc, please do give us a ring and we will do what we can to help.
Monthly Shopping Trip to Manningtree
We support a minibus which goes every other Wednesday from the village to Manningtree Co-op. It leaves Oak House at 9.30 a.m. and is back by 12 noon. The driver can pick you up from your house and drop you back. Just give us a ring to say that you'd like to come. The next shopping trip is Wednesday 18th March.
Meet Up Mondays - coffee morning
Would you like to get together with neighbours and have a chat over tea/coffee and cake? We hold ‘Meet Up Mondays’ in the Community Hall on the second Monday of every month, 10.30-12noon. As Easter Monday falls on the second Monday of April we had intended to have our Meet Up Monday for April on Monday April 20th. However, this may well be cancelled because of Coronavirus. We will update the website when a decision has been made.
Our ages have ranged from 9 weeks to 102 years old. Do come along - and if you need a lift just ring the Network number (above) and we’ll sort it out.
We have some very talented people in our village. One of them, Ray Fishwick, a regular at our Meet Up Mondays, has drawn this lovely 'thank you' poster for us.
Notes from Emma Woollard's very informative talk on advocacy which she gave at our AGM in 2017 are here
We had a presentation and film from a fire safety officer at Suffolk Fire Service. Most of us then dashed home to undo the unsafe things that he told us we shouldn't be doing! The service offers 'safe and well' home visits - contact us if you'd like to find out more.
The Network continues to offer a vital service to Stutton's residents, particularly those who can no longer drive themselves to vital appointments. Further details are below.
We are a group of volunteers in Stutton; our purpose is to make sure that anyone in the village who needs support from time to time gets the help they need, and that no-one is left struggling for want of assistance.
We are not here to replace the friends and neighbours whom you usually call on, but if, for any reason, your usual support is not available, we’re here to help with:
Transport: for instance to a doctor’s or hospital appointment. We will ask you to contribute 45p per mile to the driver’s costs, but if you really can’t afford that, then the network will pay the driver’s costs.
Minor tasks around the home: maybe you need a lightbulb changed and you feel unsteady on ladders – don’t risk falling, give us a call.
Gardening: not on a regular basis, but if something specific needs doing and you are unable to do it, don’t get stressed about it, give us a call.
Shopping: again, not on a regular basis, but if you find yourself without vital supplies and unable to get them, call the Network.
Form-filling: Perhaps a form you need to fill in is bewildering you and you can’t work it out, don’t tear your hair out, ring us.
Accessing the internet: to compare prices of energy suppliers, insurance, etc
Bad weather: if you’re snowed in and need someone to clear your path, you can’t do it, and there’s no-one else to call on, we can help.
We also support monthly coffee mornings in the Community Hall, providing tea/coffee and cake, and lifts for those that need it to get there. Some of our volunteers also host regular get togethers for people who may find it difficult to get out much and, again, we provide lifts for people who need them. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining any of these get togethers just give us a ring.
There maybe other things we can do to help when you really need it. Don’t despair, don’t get into a state, ring us and we’ll try our best to help you out.
But please also be aware, we are not an emergency service.
Contact us by phone: (01473) 327753
When you ring, the Person on Call will take the details of the help you need, and will then contact one of our volunteers. If you get an answerphone when you ring, leave a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
If you’d like to volunteer, or want to know more about volunteering, please either ring 327753 or click here to send us an email.