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PAGE 24 • FESTIVE NEWS • DECEMBER 2017 Hereford Lions in C LIONS BUS MAKE “It makes a big difference to our liv she and fellow residents at Gre Hereford Lions Club’s mini-bus f community transport service has b life-line for the elderly or the disa social outings. John (left) and Dan admire the new carpet. Hereford Lions Club’s support in the community comes in many guises. A recent one was probably a first for the club – a grant of £1250 to Close House, a youth club for disadvantaged teenagers to buy a new carpet. The popular club is based behind St Peter’s Church in what was once the rectory and has some 200 members, many of them get involved in volunteer work helping local charities and litter picking in the city. Dan Lea, the manager said: “The old carpet was not only unsightly but the section on the stairs was quite badly worn and dangerous and the offer by Lions Club to pay for a new carpet was a much welcomed gesture.” Said Lions Club treasurer, John von Anrep: “Supporting young people is one of the primary aims of our club, and helping Close House improve its facilities, which provide a wonderful environment for its members, was a very worthwhile project.” Mission statement of Lions Clubs International: We Serve “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humantarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.” Ian Foster with residents from Great Western Court ready for an outing. LIONS GRANT HELPS TACKLE CHILDRENS’ MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES The 2016 edition of Lions Festive News exclusively revealed that the number of children in Herefordshire with mental health issues were at a shockingly high level and urgent action was called for. Up to 500 youngsters and teenagers were said to need professional support. Hereford Lions Club was quick to respond with a £5,000 grant to MIND, the city based mental health charity which had already spotted the impending crisis and had plans for a support service in schools when funding became available. Now, a year later pilot schemes are running in several county schools alongside another local charity, ‘Strong Young Minds,’ providing one to one sessions with those youngsters showing signs of mental stress. Advice and guidance is also available to parents and teachers to better understand and manage a child’s emotional wellbeing. Said David Harding, support and development manager at MIND, said: “This is an absolute key area for us. From being a huge area of concern we have developed and revised our strategies and are now confident we can make a positive impact on the lives of young people whose future wellbeing is at risk. We know the model works and once we have the funding in place we can roll the service out to more schools.” MIND in Herefordshire will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018 and is one of the first in the UK to introduce a practical solution to a report by the Children’s Commissioner early last year warning that one in ten of those under the age of 18 will suffer from some form of mental health issues. A survey by the charity shows that in an average class of thirty 15 year olds, seven are likely to have been bullied, six may be self- harming and three could have a mental health problem. David Harding said: “No-one should face a mental health problem alone. This is why we have developed this exciting project for schools.” David Hartland, former Lions president who chose to support MIND during his term of office said: “The figures in last year’s report were disturbing and Lions Club wanted to help MIND tackle the problem. Hearing of the success of the pilot scheme is wonderful news and we must now hope that funds will be made available to include the project in all schools and colleges across the county.” FANCY A NIGHT AT THE RACES? ... Then Hereford Lions Club’s annual race night in the Shire Hall on Saturday March 17 is the place to be There is no guarantee your horse will win, but you are sure of a great night out trying to pick the winners, enjoying a good supper, a well stocked bar and even a disco to finish the night off. Race Night has been running for well over 30 years and is more popular than ever. For racegoers it is a grand social occasion; for Lions Club it is one of its best fund raisers - £4,250 last year to help support local charities. Ring Mick Harmon to book tickets: 01432 357995. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the club’s latest mini-bus, a 15 seater luxury Mercedes , with a tail lift for wheelchairs which cost £48,000 when it was bought new and still has a few years left in it. Transport officer, Ian Foster said: “The volunteer run service is greatly appreciated by all those who use it and for many of the elde