Brendoncare Clubs is delighted to announce that they will be holding a virtual clubs celebration on Friday 11 December for all Brendoncare club members and volunteers.
The celebration, starting at 3pm, will be held in place of their usual club Christmas parties and will be the perfect way of all clubs coming together to celebrate Christmas. The festivities will include entertainment from the members and volunteers, a grand raffle of 12 days of Christmas and a surprise visit from Santa!
Brendoncare is a registered charity that brings joy and friendship to 1,500 older people through its network of over 90 clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, thus preventing loneliness and isolation. The clubs have been temporarily closed since March 2020 and with many members living alone, Brendoncare has been helping to maintain the positive connections and friendships they enjoy through their regular clubs. There have been over 13,000 contacts made to members and volunteers as part of the community support service, 238 virtual club meetings and 59 digital connection sessions.
All Brendoncare members and volunteers have also been sent a special Christmas newsletter, a Christmas card and decoration; another way of them being connected and less isolated at this time of year.
Sam Agnew, Head of Brendoncare Clubs, said,
“We are really looking forward to the virtual Christmas celebration. It will be the first time that all the virtually connected club members have come together in one place and I’m sure there will be lots of fun and laughter. I would like to say thank you to my team for making this happen.
“I would also like to thank everyone who has been involved this year in the community support service, it is making a huge difference to our members’ and volunteers’ lives.”
After receiving her Christmas surprise through the post, Kay Soussi, member of the Brendoncare Southampton Voices Club, commented,
“I am so impressed and over the moon about it! I loved the poem, card and decoration and felt excited to read the latest newsletter! It opened a discussion with all the members last night and we said Brendoncare had pulled out all the stops to help us through the lockdowns. We all agreed that we feel really supported and would like to say a big thank you to Brendoncare!”
Plans are in place for the community support service to form a permanent part of Brendoncare Clubs’ service. This means that when the clubs re-open and some members feel unable to visit, or they need extra support from time to time, Brendoncare will be there for them. Demand for basic digital skills has also increased, and Brendoncare will continue to offer the friendship support to get members and volunteers connected if they want to be.