Local community project throws street party themed celebration

published on 3 Dec 2014

A community project run by The Salvation Army in Winsford which provides a weekly day care session for local adults for more than 25 years recently held a special street party for service users.

The day care session provides a lifeline for those who attend as it is the only service locally of its kind. It is run by The Salvation Army with the support of a number of volunteers - many of whom have been helping out since its inception. The service is for anyone in the community who would benefit from day care and the majority of people who attend are over 65. One lady recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

The street party is part of a programme of activities which takes place at the weekly session. Service users were treated to traditional street party food such as sandwiches, trifle and cake. Later, the entertainment was provided by local singer Cockney Carol.

Captain Becky Ward, Commanding Officer at Winsford Corps (church), said: "Our day care session meets a real need in Winsford as many of the people who come aren't able to get out of the house on their own. We're able to go and pick them up and bring them here where they can take part in activities and catch up with friends in a safe environment. 

"The weekly programme is designed with the help of service users as we feel it's important that they have a say in what we do here - it's their service. They also choose what goes on the menu we provide as we offer a home-cooked lunch and afternoon tea. Importantly, it's about being around others who may be in a similar situation. I took up with post in the summer with my husband, and I've been impressed by the difference this service makes to local people and we look forward to building on it in the future."

Mabel Haddock has been coming to the service for many years, she said: "Friday's are the best day of the week for us as we get to come here. I have friends here and we're able to have a real giggle. It's a wonderful service and makes a real difference to us all."

The church is currently running its annual Christmas appeal which supplies toys and food parcels to the most vulnerable people in the area. If you'd like to support the appeal please take new, unwrapped presents and food to the Winsford Corps (church).