Elderly enjoy activities at the Welcome Centre
PUBLISHED: 17:45 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 November 2014
A recently-opened day centre for the elderly is helping them to keep their bodies and minds active.
The Welcome Centre, which operates at Morgan Court on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, is run by staff and volunteers previously involved with the Age Concern day centre at Landon House, before it closed earlier this year.
The new centre, which caters for over-60s, offers a wide range of activities to clients, including quizzes, board games, physiotherapy sessions, cooking and craft activities.
Manager Angela Boatwright said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time.
“We want them to have physical and mental stimulation, and create opportunities for people to have a chat, make friends.
“It’s about everybody being welcome, everybody being accepted for what they are, and tailoring the activities to everybody’s needs, abilities and interests.”
The centre offers both individual and group activities, and Angela is also hoping to work with schools and children’s groups, with the aim of bringing the generations together.
When the Journal visited, friends Sheila Sandy, 84, and Dorothy Turner, 87, were enjoying a game of Scrabble.
Dorothy said: “It keeps your mind occupied. I like the variety of activities here. I hate sitting doing nothing.”
Sheila said: “It’s just fun. We enjoy the word games and the crosswords.”
Service user Margaret, 84, said: “The physio is important, and the activities keep the brain working.
“This place is terribly important for older people like me.
“You can come here and do all the activities.
“It’s so nice and friendly as well. It means so much to me that it’s open.”