Dear Members and Friends of CSFPG

Before we all get deeply involved with the summer madness, I felt it would be a good time to update you on our progress.

I last reported to you in March on the occasion of our second AGM.   I am pleased to report continued good progress on all fronts.   Following the AGM CSFPG Café and the Fashion show this spring our finances are in good shape with sufficient in the bank to meet our running costs.  Our Membership is steadily growing with more than 50 active members and 100+ supporters. Very pleasing is the steady flow of volunteers from the Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhone where we have a small but increasing number of highly committed members.

Our Client Support team is extremely busy. We now have a superb team of 21 fully trained Active Listeners and are supporting 28 clients. We are being flexible with our area boundaries and have clients in the Var, the Ardeche, Haute Alpes and one in Hawaii! (with a home in our area) This makes us one of the busiest of the CSF Associations. We have run two Initial Training Courses for Active Listeners since the AGM the most recent of which qualified 4 people from Aix and the Luberon. This is extremely good news as we are getting a steady increase of new clients from the East of our area and beyond.

Monthly Drop in Days continue with great success. They are open to all, but are an opportunity for existing or potential clients to spend a relaxing day in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The next Drop in will me at Mons on the first Monday in September.

We have signed formal ‘Conventions’ with the hospitals in Avignon, Bagnols, Ales and the important specialist cancer clinic; the Institut St Catherine in Avignon. We are progressing with establishing Conventions with the Institute de Cancérologie in Nimes and with the several establishments in Marseille. We have established contact with the British consulate in Marseille and hope to do the same with the US mission shortly.

Our future plans are first to consolidate our base of Active Listeners with recruitment continuing, particularly in Provence. Our Training team has refined the Initial Training Course and we plan to test this shortly and roll it out for our next course after the summer. We also plan a half-day briefing for all Active Volunteers at about the same time. We hope to increase our networking opportunities via recent contacts in the Luberon and Aix.

We now have established an energetic ‘events planning’ group. This met for the first time on 4 July Events planned for the next year are:

  • Activity for Life, 17 Sep 2017. Format as 2016, a sponsored canoe run under the Pont du Gard and a sponsored walk on the Memories of the Garrigue trail near the Pont du Gard. Followed by a self-help picnic on the banks of the Gardon. Contact, Tim Forster
  • Concert Gard, 4 or 5 Nov 2017. Concert with pianist, singers and Josephine reading poems. Contact , David Larter
  • Concert Aix en Provence Oct 2017. Date and venue to be confirmed Pianist is arranged Contact, Graham Means
  • Quiz night, January 2018. In Foissac village hall with, probably fish and chips with deserts and wine/beer for sale Contact, Susie Ordish.
  • AGM CSFPG Café March 2018, Contact, Pauline Cowell.

Following three most successful Fashion Shows in successive years, we are looking for something different as a ‘headline’ event next May. Please pass any ideas to me or any of the Council.

We have a vibrant team in our Council.

  • President: Tim Forster
  • Vice President: Aline Rideau
  • Client Support: Pippa Forster
  • Treasurer: Michael Cowell
  • Secretary: Meryl Duckhouse
  • PR: Graham Means
  • HospitalsLiaison:Alison Benjamin

We are urgently seeking two volunteers to help run our PR and events effort in both Gard and Provence.   If you are interested or can interest someone you know, please let me know.

Thank you for your interest in reading this, and thank you for your support.

Very best wishes


Tim Forster

06 66 98 43 76