Our Latest Mosaic: ‘Care in the Community’

[The inscription below it reads: “CARE IN THE COMMUNITY. This mosaic has been kindly donated by The Watch Project, directed by Richard Langford (Artist). November 2016.”]

The WATCH project has made a number of Mosaics over the years and you can find your eyes drawn to them at places like the Chard Guildhall, Bracken House, and Holly Court in Yeovil. If you’ve been following the website for a while, you may remember we were working on a fourth designed to celebrate ‘Care in the Community,’ with Crewkerne Sculptor, Richard Langford too. (You can find progress posts here and here.)

Well, I’m pleased to report that it is finally pinned to the wall at Chard Hospital!

Hospital administrator, Gillian Wallace, had this to say about it on the Chard and Ilminster website:

“We are pleased to be building strong alliances between the hospital and townsfolk, and would like to take this opportunity to develop these further, by inviting people to join our team as volunteers, LOF committee members or nurses and therapists to apply to join us in a professional capacity, so that together we can continue to deliver the excellent compassionate services into the future.”

You can read more about her thoughts in a press release for the Chard and Ilminster here, but for now, we would like to thank Gillian, Richard Langford, our members, the public, and anyone else involved in the production of this mosaic (from it’s whiteboard conception, to it’s glossy finish).

I know we have a tendency to thank everyone a lot when it comes to your support, but when it comes to our gratitude, there are no diminishing returns. Thank you all so much! It really is appreciated.

I hope you like it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Chard Churches Together: Bible Reading Shed

Chard Churches Together read the whole Bible aloud, non-stop, outside the Chard Guildhall from Thursday to Sunday (1-4 June 2017) last week — and the WATCH Project made the shelter they sat in! (You can find volunteer Jo modelling the shed as it was getting made in the image attached.)

I have yet to walk through the Forefront Community Church reception to ask how it went (and get to our office upstairs) myself, but fingers-crossed the event was a success? It was always busy when I passed them over the weekend anyway!

– M@thew



Folly Farm Trip in Pictures

If the pictures attached weren’t proof enough, The WATCH Project went to Folly Farm back in April 2017! According to our June Newsletter we’re going again on the 11th July, so if this trip looks like something you’d enjoy, please ask at the reception desk on Thursday for more information.

Chard & Ilminster News: Fun Day for Tenth Birthday

[Julie isn’t a fan of having her picture taken and I felt it was missing a crucial and fan-favourite element, so we compromised with this Photoshop edit.]

I don’t mean to alarm you, but what you’re about to read is a real-time example of time travel.

For our tenth anniversary a few weeks ago, the Chard and Ilminster News wrote a piece about us in the local newspaper – and I completely forgot to tell you about it. So if anyone asks (especially Mrs J) please tell them/her you really enjoyed this timely and relevant piece about that article on our website!

You can find a link to it here:

Chard and Ilminster News – Fun Day for Tenth Birthday

(They have some really lovely photos from our birthday there!)

Speaking of which, simply typing ‘thank you’ into a keyboard cannot effectively express how grateful everyone is at WATCH feels for your support over the last ten years. Whether you’re another member, a friend, volunteer, paid member of staff, or that nice taxi man who dropped us off outside the Rugby Club once, we are your biggest fans.

So thank you, cheers, gracias, merci beaucoup, danke, and much obliged. Whoever you are, we are cheering your name through continued peer support!

– M@thew

Avon & Somerset: Safe Places







Safe Places is a service to help people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about. It is open to anyone in the force area with dementia, a learning disability, mental health problems or any communication need, and there is no age limit.

An improved service, which includes direct access to police support 24 hours a day via the Safe Places telephone number, is being rolled out by Avon and Somerset Police from 10 May 2017.
When someone registers for Safe Places they get a unique reference number and their personal details are safely held on the police database.

They can call the Safe Places number if they find themselves in a crisis situation, such as if they are lost, feel scared or upset, and don’t know what to do, or if they have been a victim of crime.
If they call the Safe Places number Avon and Somerset staff will be able to find more information about an individual’s needs and will be able to help them in the most appropriate way.

As part of Safe Places people get a wallet card and keyring fob – and they can show this to get help in a Safe Places building – which include police stations, police inquiry offices and in the near future, some council offices

To find out more about this service, please visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/safeplaces or download the attached leaflet.