loneliness in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
new venture to tackle loneliness and isolation in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area has been launched this week.
'Something to Do' is a joint venture between Age UK Somerset,
Burnham voluntary group 'Hands of Change', and the Somerset Village
Agents project, with funding from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Around 15 older people attended the Something to Do open day at
the Royal British Legion Club in Victoria Street on Monday (July
11th), where they sampled tea, biscuits and cake, and had the
opportunity to meet and chat with new friends.
The guests could also try out a range of activities including
crafts, knitting, puzzles and card games, with Hands of Change
volunteers on hand to help out.
Angi Lewis, an Age UK Somerset Development Worker, and Steve Ballinger,
Community Council for Somerset Community Agent for Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge, were on hand to give welfare advice and support.
"It was lovely to have so many people coming along and also
to see a partnership between different organisations working so
well together to help people live better in later life,"
like to thank all of the guests for coming and also the volunteers
for their support both leading up to the open day and at it."
Reverend Sharon Eldergill, Curate of St Andrews Church in
Burnham-On-Sea, gave a welcome speech, saying how proud she was
to see the community rally round and offer such an activity, before
Angi and Kay Marie Barrett of Hands of Change cut a celebratory
cake for the launch.
Kay Marie said: "Quite a few people in the room said it was
fantastic that people had done something to help. We had an awesome
team of volunteers and I feel blessed to be part of it."
Steve Ballinger said: "There are a lot of elderly people
who feel lonely and isolated. This is one way we can make peoples
lives better. Its a privilege to be involved and I look
forward to seeing it grow in the coming months."
The next Something to Do will take place on Monday 25th July between
2pm and 4pm at the Royal British Legion Club in Victoria Street
and then every fortnight thereafter.
sessions are open to anyone aged over-55 and cost just £2,
which includes tea and cake. For further information, contact
Angi Lewis at Age UK on 07702 687314 or the Age UK Somerset offices
at 01823 345610.