Reducing loneliness in our villages for 25 years
30 January 2019Saughall volunteer day centre has been serving the elderly in our community for 25 years, providing a meeting place for the over 65s who are unable to access other community facilities independently. The service, which is part of Vivo Care Choices, invites members to attend the ‘Friday club’ enabling them to feel part of their community and enjoy eachother’s company.
Volunteer, Maureen Maxwell has supported the members in Saughall village from the beginning, dedicating 25 years of her time and putting her heart and soul into supporting the team at the day centre, whether that be chair exercises, memory games or making a cup of tea. Maureen adds “It’s so rewarding. I enjoy seeing residents coming to the club and meeting everyone and it’s lovely to see the members enjoy themselves.”
The 25th anniversary of the centre opening was celebrated with all the Friday club members and volunteers, along with a special visit from the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress of Chester. The event included a celebratory lunch and cake, followed by a performance from the local primary school.
Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Alex Black was delighted to attend the event, adding “This service is a credit to the village. To be open as a volunteer centre for residents within the area, offering valuable support to those feeling lonely and isolated for 25 years, is incredible. The service has continued from strength to strength and continues to be valued by our residents. I would like to thank all the volunteers, who have dedicated their time to work with vulnerable adults in our community and have continued to do an amazing job. I love attending these events and chatting to everyone.”
Manager of the service at Saughall day centre, Gaynor Harris adds “We’re a great family. We make members very welcome with activities and a home cooked lunch. The volunteers enjoy spending time with members and the members love coming and spending time with everyone.”
One of the members of the Friday club, Vera Joyce said “I love the company and getting out of the house. I used to be a volunteer so I was involved in the steering group and helping out, driving members to the venue and back home.”
The volunteer day services are part of Vivo Care Choices, which are also located in Willaston, Waverton and Farndon. The day services enable elderly residents who feel lonely and isolated to attend the centres, helping to improve their overall wellbeing. Activities include games, bingo, quizzes and various arranged performances. Members also enjoy a homemade cooked lunch.
The centre was originally opened by Cheshire West and Chester Council and is now part of Vivo Care Choices which is owned and regulated by the Council.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the day centres, please phone 0151 337 4662 to register your interest.
To find out more about the services, please go to www.vivocarechoices.co.uk/services/older-people/.
Alistair, Gaynor, Lord Mayor of Chester - Cllr Alex Black, Lady Moyoress of Chester, Maureen
Mayor of Chester with members