Fareham club hopes to combat loneliness

FRIENDLY The members of the Brendoncare club which meets at Broadlaw Walk in Bishopsfield Road Fareham. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131849-0611)
FRIENDLY The members of the Brendoncare club which meets at Broadlaw Walk in Bishopsfield Road Fareham. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131849-0611)
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A CHARITY has set up a new weekly club for older people in an attempt to spark friendships and combat loneliness often associated with old age.

Brendoncare, a charity which aims to improve the lives of older people across the south, has started a social club at Broadlaw Walk, in Fareham.

Manager Karen Seale said: ‘We try to tailor the activities so they can chat at the same time and get to know each other, anything from playing cards to kurling.’

Pat Candie, 93, went along to the first day. She had a great time sharing her exploits of being on the Alcantara liner ship at the outbreak of the Second World War, and chatted to the others who attended to the first session.

Karen said: ‘I was quite pleased that 12 people showed up and everyone who came had a good chat and a chinwag and it went really well.’

Attendees get to take part in a range of different activities such as quizzes, games and beetle drives.

Karen said that the club was aiming to keep the price low – £2.50 per day – to allow as many people as possible to be able to come along.

She said the members will have a say on the activities the group will be taking part in.

The club will meet at 1.30pm every Wednesday at 1 Lion Place, Broadlaw Walk, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, and is open to anybody over the age of 60.

Brendoncare still needs volunteers to help at the club, from making the tea to organising activities.

Karen said: ‘We rely on the generosity of volunteers who donate their time. We have a lovely bunch of volunteers but are always keen to hear from more.’

Brendoncare also runs a social club every Tuesday at 1.45pm at Neville Lovett School, St Anne’s Grove, Fareham and a fortnightly lunch club on Tuesdays at St John The Evangelist Church, Upper St Michael’s Grove, Fareham.

For more information call 01962 85709 or go to brendoncare.org.uk.

To volunteer ring 07757 264254.