Farnborough Rotary Club – Community Award to Singles Social Group

Farnborough Rotary Club recognised the great work of the Facebook based ‘Singles Social Group – Fleet, Farnborough, Farnham and Surrounding Areas’ by presenting it with its Community Award.

Jim Thomson from the Rotary Club said “This award recognises the impressive and practical help and support the group gives its members in dealing with single life.  Many of its members are recently divorced, separated or widowed, often with responsibility for young children, or short of money, or both. Some cope with serious health issues, occasionally life limiting.  It is a safe space to discuss such issues and, indeed, to chat and know they are not alone. It was a pleasure to discover all they do in the local community. It very much ties in with Rotary International in Britain and Ireland’s nationwide focus on loneliness.”

Along with a certificate the Social Group received a cheque for £250 which they asked to be donated to the Camberley All Night Café.

Beverly Edmunds-Jones and Helen Farrier, two of the group’s administrators, received the award on behalf of its members.  Beverly said “We are thrilled and hugely proud to know Farnborough Rotary Club recognises our efforts as a social group in creating a safe haven for all single members to know that they are not alone and are supported.”

“It’s a fantastic feeling to know we are all part of a community that has made this happen and it reinforces our beliefs that we are all always striving to do our best to support each other and hopefully doing the right thing most of the time.”

“We thank the Rotary Club for this award and on a personal note I am hugely proud to be involved with and part of such a fantastic group of people, lots of whom have become such precious friends.  We look forward to an amazing new year.”

“We now have some 750 members, growing daily, of all ages from twenties to seventies.  We run it entirely voluntarily. There are no charges for membership or running costs. The group does not seek financial or other support from external agencies.  We welcome new members. Find us on Facebook.”

Farnborough Rotary Club President Michael Smailes presents the Community Award to Beverly Edmunds-Jones and Helen Farrier of the Singles Social Group. Rotary Community Committee Chairman Kevin Hopgood looks on
Beverly and Helen talk to Diane Bedford, a former President of Farnborough Rotary Club
Beverly and Helen with their certificate
Beverly and Helen talk to Pam Tunnicliffe, a former President of Farnborough Rotary Club
Helen, Beverly and President Michael with the cheque for £250 which the Singles Social Group members asked to be given to the Camberley All Night Café.
President Michael, Beverly and Helen with Jim Thomson who proposed we give the Community Award to the Singles Social Group

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