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Activities to combat isolation

Participating in activities can bring fulfilment and ease possible isolation. Our churches and centres run a range of clubs, courses, cafes and day centres to provide a range of activities for older people in our communities to meet people, have fun and learn new skills.

It is nice to meet different people, to get different opportunities and to learn different things

Our cafes, drop-in centres and day centres provide nutritious meals and snacks. Sometimes our day and drop-in centres will run a cake decorating or cookery course. At our day centres, people will usually have a hot meal with tea and coffee, as well as doing a range of different activities from flower-arranging and craft sessions to quizzes, listening to guest speakers, reminiscence groups and organised day trips.

We believe these activities help to show our appreciation of the contributions older people have made, and continue to make, in our communities and to their families. We look to ensure people have enriching and interesting activities to do when they come to our centres and churches as we walk with them in later life.

Flo attends our Dunstable church's weekly over-75s group. The day centre, which she attends on a Thursday, offers a range of activities which she really enjoys. Flo said: “We usually have either a quiz or someone come and talk to us about something, or we have someone come and teach us how to arrange flowers or make cake decorations. There’s a lot of variety. Recently, we went to a manor house which had beautiful gardens and there was a nice lunch and nice company.” Flo used to work in the motorcar industry. She began attending the day centre three and a half years ago when her husband, Bill, passed away. She said: “[The over 75s group] was a big lift to me because I was living on my own. It is nice to meet different people, to get different opportunities and to learn different things. We are always made welcome. I look forward to going each week and everyone has always been very friendly and happy to see us.”