Even just a little bit of community spirit can make such a positive impact on someone’s life. According to Age UK, 3.5 million people in the UK say that TV is their main source of company. With over half of over 75’s living alone, Young at Heart is a club to bring joy and fight loneliness.
The Young at Heart club has been running for the past 5 years, led by volunteers Kate Crees and Lin Rawlings. Originally there were just 20 members, but full capacity is now 130!
The club is run through fundraising from the community. So, here at Gregor Heating, we have raised money through dress-down days each month and staff cake sales; we are pleased to have donated over £150 to the Young at Heart club.
Organisers at the Young At Heart club explained that they rely on donations;
“We are really grateful for Gregor Heating’s contribution – the money will certainly be put to good use.”
Every Thursday afternoon, at Hanham Community Centre, the Young at Heart members gather to drink tea, coffee and perhaps a glass of sherry or Baileys! There is a seasonal focus on the food, with hot cross buns the treat of the moment, having had daffodils and cream tea to celebrate Mother’s Day earlier in the month.
At Christmas, a full Christmas Dinner was provided, where lots of members explained that it would be the only Christmas Dinner they would have. It is small acts of kindness like this that bring a smile and make people feel less alone.
It’s not all about food of course; accessible trips are organised for those who’d like to attend, to cinemas and garden centers.
There is weekly entertainment too! Sometimes a singer or musician, and games too, such as bingo and countdown. Last week, a speaker from Santander attended to talk about avoiding fraud – ensuring that members feel safe and secure in their community.
Deb Miles, from the electrical team here at Gregor, was delighted to be able to present the donation to the club, as the club is close to her own heart.
“My parents really enjoy the club. Due to my dad’s health issues, he is often housebound at the moment and my mum cannot go out by herself as she is partially sighted, so the club is a great opportunity for them to go out together.
They have lived in Hanham for the past 50 years – they are very much part of the older community. Both my parents enjoy socialising with their friends and others at the club!”
We all know someone who may live alone and feel lonely from time to time, so clubs like this are a fantastic way to socialize and spend time out of the house. If you know a local charity or club who would appreciate donations from our #GregorGiving scheme, please do let us know by emailing [email protected]