Weekly club aims to get the elderly people of Portsmouth to beceome more sociable

Brendoncare club members at the social club.
Brendoncare club members at the social club.
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A new weekly club opening in Portsmouth will be the first of its kind to support the elderly in the city.

The club, organised by Hampshire care home provider Brendoncare, will offer the opportunity for older people to socialise and meet new friends.

Elderly residents of Portsmouth are invited along to the club at the Somerstown Community Hub in Rivers Street every Saturday from 10am.

Those who attend will be able to enjoy a morning of quizzes, games, inside kurling and many other activities.

Tania Horrocks, a communications officer for Brendoncare, said: ‘We’ve had a few people dropping in to find out more, and have had several enquiries in the past week.

‘We are convinced the club will prove popular with local residents.’

Brendoncare has recently received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to open more clubs at weekends across Hampshire and Dorset.

The charity, which currently runs 10 care homes across the south of England, also has a range of more than 80 clubs for those around the southern region.

Brendoncare’s club support officer, Catherine Gardner, said: ‘The new club in Somerstown Community Hub is our first weekend club in the Portsmouth area.

‘We are really hoping that lots of people will come along to see what is going on.’

The charity is hoping more members will attend this new club, and has even provided a hardship fund for those who want to join the club but simply cannot afford it.

Brendoncare relies on donations and fundraising to continue its work with the elderly.

Many of the Brendoncare workers are volunteers, which involves meeting new people and having work experience in care.

The charity is looking for new volunteers who are interested in helping the community.

The volunteers range from the age of 16 to over 90 and provide a helping hand within the clubs and homes.

Entry to the club will cost £1. For more information visit brendoncare.org.uk.