(L-R) Ernest Howlett, Andy Rogers, Raymond Moore
Diamond Geezers enjoying a game of indoor skittles
The care staff recognise the importance of improving residents’ social, physical and mental wellbeing. For example, 28% of residents at Brendoncare Alton are men who feel less engaged with activities because they are outnumbered by women.
Why are men’s clubs important?
This new Alton men’s club hopes to encourage men to take part in a new range of activities and social get-togethers. The Mental Health Foundation suggest that one in eight men in England are likely to be living with a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.
Andy Rogers, Activities Co-ordinator at Brendoncare Alton, said:
“I wanted to create a space for men so we could incorporate their hobbies and interests and have the social time together. The ‘Diamond Geezers’ men’s club is a time for men to get to know each other and do various activities. These include table tennis, darts and indoor bowling. We’re planning to get our maintenance team involved in DIY projects and arrange a ‘pub afternoon’ too.
“The men do behave differently when they are around other men. As a result, we thought it would be really beneficial to create that space. There’s a lot of respect and you often hear ‘mate’ as a greeting amongst them. The indoor sports and games definitely bring out their competitive side.
“The ladies are not being left out though. We have created a ‘ladies hour’ so they can have specific time for their interests and hobbies – without the men.”
Geoff, a resident at Brendoncare Alton, added:
“Although I like to mix with the ladies, I like the men’s club as ‘I’m not one for knitting’. I really enjoy watching a game of rugby with the other men. The ‘Diamond Geezers’ is the perfect time to continue our interests which may be something some of the ladies wouldn’t enjoy.”
About Brendoncare Alton
Brendoncare Alton is run by Winchester-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation. It provides nursing care for 80 people, along with specialist dementia care and respite care. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and boasts comfortable and modern accommodation across five households. Each of these has its own facilities. A close care complex adjoins the home. This provides independence, security of homeownership and peace of mind, with access to the home’s many caring and communal facilities.