Category: Car SchemeAreas Covered: Pirton
Pirton Joycare was founded as a result of a legacy bequeathed by the late Joy Franklin in 1997. Joy was born in Pirton and lived here for most of her life. She left the legacy to be used to “benefit the older residents of Pirton village”.
Consultation with the older residents was undertaken to ascertain what they felt would be of most benefit to them. Various ideas were put forward and all those eligible, i.e. those over 65 years were asked to vote on their preferences. Most of these have been implemented.
In the years that JoyCare has been in existence, the legacy has been managed carefully. A donation of £3,000 was made to the Village Hall for improvements and maintenance, and we fund our various activities. However, we want to continue to help the older residents of Pirton in the foreseeable future by continuing to run our existing activities, organising trips and introducing other schemes.
We currently organise shopping trips in mini buses each month and we have a monthly lunch in the Fox Pub in Pirton on the first Thursday and another monthly lunch on the second Thursday in one of several local pubs. We have occasional outings to places of interest; theatre trips; an annual summer outing; we support a six-weekly chiropody clinic in the village hall and offer annual visits to local surgeries for flu jabs. We also now run a village Walking Group. We sponsor a Good Neighbour Scheme, which primarily helps with transport to medical appointments, etc. and some help and support in the home.
All these activities are either wholly or or part-funded by JoyCare. All those 65 or older and resident in Pirton are automatically entitled to participate in any or all of our activities.
In August 2001 JoyCare was granted charitable status. This has various advantages and ensures that the aims and objectives identified by the present Trustees will continue to be met.
We have approximately 30 volunteers who assist with transport, are on rotas to help with shopping trips and driving for the Good Neighbour Scheme, outings, and any other occasional activities.