‘It’s always buzzing with activity and smiling faces’

HAPPY Celebrations last year at The Borrow Centre for the Diamond Jubilee
HAPPY Celebrations last year at The Borrow Centre for the Diamond Jubilee
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IF you venture into the Borrow Centre in Cowplain – run by Age Concern – you will be surprised to find the place buzzing with activity, people coming and going all the time, happy smiling faces, and a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays there is a lunch club for some 50 or so people, who generally arrive early and stay on for the various activities and entertainment provided.

Many take advantage of the dedicated taxi service to get them to and from home safely with the same driver who they soon get to know.

There are also many other activities for all those aged over 50 at the centre, including the popular family history and computer club.

There is a whist club on Tuesday afternoons, podiatry services on Tuesdays and Thursdays, table tennis and short mat bowls on Wednesdays mornings, a ‘Memory Cafe’ on some Thursdays, a hearing clinic once a month on a Friday, and a weekly table tennis club on Friday evenings.

The Borrow Centre is 95 per cent self-funded and boasts 60 unpaid volunteers who run the clubs and activities, cook and serve 180 meals a week, maintain the premises and plan events and fundraising activities.

Another important branch of the centre’s work is the befriending service where we respond to referrals on behalf of lonely or isolated older people who would benefit from home visits.

Age Concern, Cowplain, will be staging a tea, coffee and cakes morning at The Borrow Centre at 11am on Wednesday, April 10 to welcome prospective new volunteers. If you have two or three hours a week available, contact Liz on (023) 9226 6423 for more details.