CAMEO offers a welcome boost to the elderly and lonely

cameo2On Saturday 7 March 2015, a new ministry – committed to reaching out to old and vulnerable members of our Parish – was born.

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) held its first monthly event in the hall at St John’s, and all had a good time.

Live music topped the bill, courtesy of the smooth, dulcet tones of Dean Thomas (formerly the manager of Hinckley United FC), and the afternoon also boasted its fair share of sandwiches, cakes and refreshments – much to the delight of the 30 people in attendance (including 11 attendees with no formal connections to the church).

“It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon,” said co-organiser, Judith Ellis, afterwards.

“We thought it important to start CAMEO off in a small way, so we weren’t too ambitious with the first event. We invited a certain number to ensure we could spend some quality time with them all.

“We wanted to talk to people and find out what they wanted from such an occasion. And we got loads of positive feedback, which will help us develop our thinking and create a timetable of activities that meet specific needs of the people we’ll be serving in the weeks ahead.”

cameo3CAMEO has been created as a direct result of the very successful Christmas Lunch that was held at St John’s.

“So many people came up to me after Christmas and said it would be great to repeat that kind of event – and make it a regular item in the diary,” added Judith.

“So that’s what CAMEO is: it’s a direct response to the requests and needs of so many people.”

The CAMEO team is currently preparing their next event, which is scheduled to take place in April.

For more information, please speak directly to Judith or Keith Ellis.