We asked for your input and were pleased to receive a number of replies with a variety of suggestions being put forward which the committee were pleased to consider at our recent meeting. All suggestions received will be retained and investigated for consideration at a future time. 
To clarify, following our various activities during the year we have been able to evaluate the bank balance and take decisions regarding the amount to be made available for good causes.

To date this year we have made donations to St Frances Hospice (£200); Rennie Grove Hospice (£100); and the Alzheimer Society (£100).  

We took the decision to make the following additional donations:

Sunnyside Rural Trust (£250)- social enterprise offering training and work experience for vulnerable people. Training for people with learning disabilities to acquire skills in a number of rural activities. These include beekeeping, looking after chickens, growing a wide range of plants and produce, landscaping and garden maintenance.
Signpost Counselling (£250)
– local charity which provides counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 manage mental health issues. 
Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled (£250)
– therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs and disabilities. 
Dacorum Mencap (£250)
Recreational Opportunities Allowing Respite. Social scheme aiming to support adults who have learning disabilities and their families. 
In reaching these decisions we considered our local surrounding area and how the VPA and it’s members resonate with a variety of good causes. We are delighted to be able to contribute, albeit in a small way, but every pound helps. 
A big thank you to everyone who supports the VPA and in turn enables these donations to be made.