THE departure of Rother Valley Together (RVT) manager Petra Lynn earlier this year left some big shoes to step into.
But Elizabeth Chapman is settling in nicely at the day-care club in Midhurst.
“The group members are lovely, and everyone really pulls together as a team,” she said. “I’ve been on maternity leave and have just moved to the area, and wanted a job locally.”
Elizabeth, who lives in Haslemere with her husband and two young daughters, is trained in events management.
Having worked in the music department at Royal Holloway University, and studying for an MA in arts management, she is well-equipped for the role.
“This is a great environment, and it’s different to working for a profitable organisation,” added Elizabeth.
She and her fellow volunteers are now looking to organise more music and arts-based events and activities.
This week they hosted Dr Rod Patton, a lecturer from the University of Chichester, who went along to do a music workshop.
Elizabeth said: “I would like to organise a trip to Milland Pottery. Throughout the year we will have more talks and a programme of events. We also have workshops like basket-making, chair exercises, and sensory arts.
“I want to find out what each RVT member is interested in.”
RVT is an activity for elderly and vulnerable people, and meets in the Grange Leisure Centre every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11am-2pm.
New people are welcome, and members also have a Monday lunch club in The Wheatsheaf.
“The Wheatsheaf has always been really good to us,” added Elizabeth.
“And we’re keen to set up other partnerships with schools and local organisations.”
On September 26, RVT will hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Grange from 10am-midday. Anyone is welcome to go along and have coffee and cake for £2.
Ring 07957 405959 for further details about RVT.