Fun and friendship in Sherborne

Older people’s charity Brendoncare is opening a new weekly club in Sherborne. Members will enjoy a variety of activities including indoor kurling (based on the Olympic sport of ice curling), games and quizzes. Above all, the club will provide fun and friendship for older people, the chance to make new friends and enjoy a couple of hours in good company.

Loneliness is one of the biggest problems facing our society today, and its effects on health can be devastating. Brendoncare is committed to reducing social isolation amongst older people through its network of more than 85 clubs across Dorset and Hampshire, each one different, but all guaranteeing a warm welcome to their members. For many of the members, their weekly visit to a Brendoncare club is the only social outing they have. The clubs help members to retain independence, remain active within their local community and develop new friendships, thereby improving their quality of life and providing a real alternative to the loneliness that can so often accompany later life.

Anne is 80, and has lived on her own since her husband died more than 20 years ago. She says “The club helps me get up in the mornings. I’d stay indoors if I didn’t have this. It’s very lonely otherwise. The exercise is fun too – I can’t do keep fit any more, so it’s good to still be able to do something active.”

The new club launches on 28 July and will meet every Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 3.30pm at Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. Anyone interested in finding out more can telephone Brendoncare’s office on 01202 722211 or email clubs@brendoncare.org.uk.

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