Brendoncare Clubs have been working hard to ensure Club members and volunteers are connected throughout the year and they also wanted to spread joy and hope this Christmas. Every member and volunteer from the Clubs in Dorset have had a special gift delivered to them.
Some clubs have held their own raffle to raise money for future activities, prizes, outings and parties. And they have also managed to use some money to give a gift to every member and volunteer. The gifts have included hampers, chocolates and biscuits which all helped to bring extra festive cheer!
Other club members and volunteers received letters and a pot of honey produced by the bees at Chaseside, kindly provided by J.P. Morgan.
There have been some amazing comments received from members. Kathleen from Brendoncare Riverside Club phoned to say,
“Thank you so much for the surprise hamper I received today, it really did make my day, and I wish everyone a very happy Christmas.”
Liz from Brendoncare Juniper Jumpers, said,
“My hamper arrived yesterday. Thank you for arranging it, nice goodies inside. Happy Christmas to you and yours.”
Sandra Turner, Brendoncare Clubs Support, commented,
“It has been a real pleasure being involved and making this happen. It’s our volunteers who are the true heroes, they have been calling members, organising the gifts and delivering them; they are amazing. Thank you to all of them.”
Cindy Walker, Brendoncare Clubs Locality Manager, said,
“I would like to express my thanks to Sandra who has done such an amazing job at organising the hampers and arranging the deliveries to every member. Also, I would like to thank Virginia Hayward who has kindly donated a hamper for our Christmas raffle; this will be delivered to the lucky winner soon!”
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.
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.