What are we about
Stratford Upon Avon has so many varied organisations, groups and individuals beavering away in the background of our community. They provide support for others and raise money for their causes. However, this work often goes unnoticed. Part of the aim of Connecting the Dots is to raise their profile by broadcasting their information to connect them to the wider community of Stratford. We also provide a platform for event information and contact details.
In Connecting the Dots we also focus on national campaigns and how local people are involved with them, interview some of those involved (we can come out to you), and discuss the local aspects. There is relevant music and requests, our ‘Dotty Days’ section and a few relevant facts and pertinent truths (Ooh - could be scary) challenging the myths. All within a friendly chatty atmosphere.
Stratford has so much going on. Tell us what you are up to. We want to know about your hobbies, fund-raising, planned events and so on, e.g. Jump in a Puddle Day or Mental Health week. Alternatively, if you have a story to tell: come and “blow your or others trumpets” with us.
You can contact us through this website, by email, Facebook, phone or text.
If you want to know what is going on, listen to Connecting the Dots and visit this webpage regularly (we are non-political, non-commercial, and secular organisation).
My love of being involved with people started in my childhood. Growing up in a village in the 60’s I was part of anything going - I learnt to ring bells, performed ad hoc plays with the youth club - walking down the village high street in costume drumming up an audience, I picked peas and beans for the local farmer and washed peoples’ cars. I remember many a Christmas spent with extra people mum and dad had invited because they needed a friend. So through my parents I saw that the world was a better place if you cared and had respect for others and this belief has been a central theme throughout my life. My first formal job was as an auxiliary nurse in an ‘old people’s home’ enjoying the many lively stories being told by the residents.
I moved to Stratford in 1989 and joined in the local amateur dramatics society and since then have been involved in various voluntary organisations in the community as well as supporting situations within my own family. I felt passionately about the voice of volunteers, so, when the opportunity for developing a programme celebrating volunteers in the Stratford community arouse, I was keen to join with Penny to produce and co-broadcast Connecting the Dots.
All my life I have been involved in community activities in some way or other. From an upbringing on a farm and being involved in village life in youth groups etc. meeting adults who cared enough to ensure activities for village children, helping with an integrated mother and toddler group where children ‘with issues’ played along children without various when my daughter was young. The hustle and bustle of supporting my child in the school community. Later helping run local festivals taking part in amateur dramatics along with my work as a District Nurse, highlighted to me that communities that pull together and care can help reduce social isolation and be a jolly good laugh.
When we moved to Stratford Upon Avon after my retirement from the NHS in West Sussex I joined my brother in helping him develop Welcombe Radio for very different reasons, I have a belief that communities that work and play together benefit all, it would be a great way to get to know different people and organisations and then found that there are so many groups but they don’t necessarily know others undertaking similar themes. Along came Louise with her idea of Connecting the Dots and I couldn’t pass up the chance to work on the programme.
Click here to find information from previous editions of Connecting the Dots.