Brendoncare Clubs in Andover, the Andover Saturday Club and the Andover Four Corners Club, run by Winchester based charity, Brendoncare Clubs, are delighted to be meeting virtually to give members and volunteers the opportunity to join together each week, whilst the physical clubs are temporarily closed.
During the Saturday morning sessions, members and volunteers from both clubs have been enjoying a variety of activities including chair-based exercises, quizzes and riddles. There have been reminiscence sessions too, with subjects ranging from holidays and travel to food and recipes. There has also been a lot chat, laughter and a few birthdays celebrated too, so lots of time for tea and cake!
A volunteer from the Andover Four Corners Club, said,
“I enjoy chatting to the members. It is uplifting that they are all coping so well.”
Amber Babey, Brendoncare Locality Manager, said,
“It has been great to see members’ faces and lovely to find out more about them, as we have time to chat. We have a lot of laughs and cannot wait to get back to the Clubs, but, in the meantime, this is a lovely way to spend time together.”
The Brendoncare Clubs have been closed since March 2020 and Brendoncare has been helping to maintain the positive connections and friendships that members usually enjoy through their regular clubs. As well as the virtual club meetings, there has been regular telephone contact and support to all members and volunteers and help with digital connections.
Plans are in place for these services 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.
Brendoncare Clubs is a well-established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline for 1,500 older people in Hampshire and Dorset, through 94 clubs across 40 locations during the week and over the weekend. The clubs are temporarily closed at present, but when running they provide a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.