THE laughter on this lovely afternoon tea outing captures the spirit of the Rainbow Club in Horndean.
It is a group run by volunteers to give elderly people in the area a bit of fun and a chance to have a natter with friends.
But the group, based at Jubilee Hall, and another called the Recycled Teenagers Club, in Havant, may close unless more volunteers can be found to help run them and transport people to them every fortnight.
Earlier this month, The News reported how the Horndean group did a sponsored relay around Jubilee Hall to raise funds for the charity Brendoncare which organises the clubs.
But what is needed is people to step up and give practical help to keep the groups going.
Locality manager John Murphy explains: ‘These clubs provide their members, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s and live alone, with valuable trips out of their home.
‘They enjoy meeting their friends, guest speakers and entertainers, activities, outings and informative talks.
‘But we need to recruit more helpers, volunteer drivers and a leader to keep the clubs going.
‘Volunteers are very special people, so I hope the local community will respond to this heartfelt plea for help.
‘We don’t need lots of volunteers, just a few more pairs of hands will make the world of difference and mean we can keep the groups going.’
The Horndean Rainbow Club needs at least two volunteer car drivers to get members to and from the club meetings.
It meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 2pm to 4pm.
Meanwhile, the Recycled Teenagers’ Club meets at Havant United Reformed Church, in the town centre every other Monday afternoon, and needs a club leader.
The leader will be someone who is well organised with a confident, outgoing personality.
Mr Murphy said: ‘Our clubs are really popular, showing the enormous need there is for socialising and friendship for older people.
‘All our volunteers are supported by professional staff, full training is given, and it’s a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable way to spend a few hours each fortnight.
‘If you feel you could help us, please get in touch.’
Call 01962 877772 or 07548 760897 or go to brendoncare.org.uk. New members are welcome.