Older Persons’ Support Group Hold AGM

The Older Persons’ Support Group AGM heard how their volunteers make a difference to the group of over 75s who attend their sessions each week.

Their members arrange the Wednesday Club and Friday Memory Café.

Jenny Byers explained that the group will move to a dedicated base at the proposed health and wellbeing centre at Carn Gwaval, possibly as early as April.

The work that the voluntary organisers undertake, if charged out at the minimum wage, would cost £14,000 each year, members heard.

Much of their funding has come from the Council, which has committed £3,500 this year but donations also help cover the costs for refreshments, rent and for trips and excursions.

Help has been received from the Theatre Club and Charity Challenge, which is run by Jenny’s daughter Helen.

Jenny said some people have felt so strongly about the club that they’ve handed her cash and told her to buy food and drink for attendees with it.

Jane Chiverton is president.

President of the club, Jane Chiverton, says around 20 people regularly attend the Wednesday Club and Memory Café, up from just 6 when they started. And she said the attendees love the sessions because it gives them a chance to get out of the house and meet up with their friends for a chat.

The group are keen to find more volunteers though, as people are often away or have other things on.

The group hopes to expand to offer a Monday lunch club too.