Today we welcome Rotarian Paul Hughes pp from the Rotary Club of Taunton Vale who will talk to us by way of ‘Zoom’ about an unruly and poverty stricken Halcon & Leycroft housing estates on their patch and how Rotary addressed the problems and helped the community through a multi agency approach.

You will be aware of an Email recently circulated to all Rotarians in Chippenham by Rotarian Roger Greenslade (Club Service) on how the Rotary Club of Chippenham’s proposes to respond to problems of a ‘Post Corona Virus’ World and this talk from Taunton may help us to formulate some ideas.

Taunton East Development Trust has been working with Taunton Vale Rotary Club and other local stakeholders to provide new and improved premises for the drop in and advice centre which works alongside other statutory and voluntary groups to provide a wide variety of social and health services to the six thousand residents of the Halcon, Lane and Leycroft estates.

The Link Centre has already shown that it can provide a supportive, non-judgemental “safe haven” for individuals and also help to reduce isolation and vulnerability, particularly amongst those with mental health issues and the elderly. The new building provides office space for both the advice centre and Link Power. The Link Power scheme helps people develop self-respect and confidence as well as providing opportunities for them to acquire life and work skills. Chairman of the East Taunton Development Trust, Rotarian Paul Hughes, paid tribute to the large number of individuals and groups that have come together to make the new centre a reality.

After listening today to Paul the Chippenham team will be holding another meeting and will looking to our Club’s response to a ‘post virus’ World and how we need to consider the way forward but it not just the ‘Team’ to consider, we need the views of the whole membership of the Rotary Club of Chippenham and our role post virus.

This message must be read in conjunction with the article from Rotarian Eric Sambell on the opening of our Rotary Hall. The opening of the Hall will have clear implications as to what we can or cannot do in the Hall with groups of people.