John Huntingdon’s Charity
Message from David Baslington, JHC Chair
As I enter the 9th year in my role as a trustee I reflect that it has often felt like waves of the sea where much of the time I’m paddling in the shallows with my trousers rolled up to the knee. It’s pleasant and fun and I am able to carry on a coherent conversation whilst making progress along the shore. Other times, the breakers roll in and I feel out of my depth! Thankfully the task is shared by a group of very committed and able staff, fellow trustees and other volunteers; all done with great professionalism.
This picture of life describes well where JHC works. By the provision of help and advice, housing and grants we work with those whose circumstances have become a little overwhelming and who simply need to get back to ‘paddling depth’.
However, we don’t just work when life is overwhelming. JHC has much to offer to stop things getting out of control in the first place. We welcome an early intervention so I would encourage anyone to come and speak with the team to see how we can help. If you are struggling with forms, money matters or benefits please don’t wait until things become too difficult. We will be delighted to assist.
I am delighted to report that, with the conversion of our old offices in Tannery Road, we now have 2 new properties. Residents moved into Cullum House in February (much to the relief of locals who endured the building process!). That’s two more families provided with new homes, bringing our portfolio up to 24 properties.
We have a number of other new developments and initiatives under discussion. At JHC we believe that our village is in a unique position to grow intelligently and creatively and we are well-placed to help ensure Sawston continues to thrive and evolve.