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I am very honoured to be the Chair of Maldon Pioneers' Association for the second year.  One of my personal reflections on the last year has been how resilient we can all be to change and doing things differently.   Our Pioneers are a great example of this and with the support of Maldon CVS and Moat we have the new i-Team project which has helped many the Pioneers develop IT skills which enabled some of them to manage their daily lives and social interactions remotely throughout the latter stages of the lockdown.  Alongside the rest of the Association's committee, I feel passionately that people with Learning Difficulties have the ability access their communities, be socially included, and always enjoy good health and wellbeing, not just in lockdown.   We are hoping to build on this project and support the Pioneers in developing more new skills for them to become independent going forward.

More widely, during the last year we trained all our volunteers and our committee members in level 1 Safeguarding, and we also produced a handbook for the volunteers to ensure that they are  supported when, and if, they need it.  We are always interested to hear from people who want to become volunteers as well as new Pioneer members. Just get in touch at

At our AGM in September this year we elected the  Committee, and our trustees are:


             Jean Townend    our secretary

             John Stealey       our Treasurer

             Brian Hunt           Trustee member

             Christine Dove    Trustee member

             Gill Samson         Trustee member

             Wendy Grieve     Trustee member 


We all work alongside Louisa Thorpe who is our Activities Organiser.

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Peter Garrett as a trustee who had been a very proactive and well-respected part of the committee for many years.   However, Peter is not leaving us completely and we are very happy that he continues to volunteer with the Pioneers.

As we move into the next year, we have lots of great plans and new ideas and I am looking forward to being part of a forward thinking charity.


Linda Flynn

Chairperson Maldon Pioneers' Association

October 2021

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