Lending a helping hand

Age UK day centre volunteers and people that use the service'left to right Cheryl Paine, Debbie Igoe, Dee Houghton, Maureen Forknes, Jenny Young, Angela Sawyer, Lynne Hayden and Eric Penn
Age UK day centre volunteers and people that use the service'left to right Cheryl Paine, Debbie Igoe, Dee Houghton, Maureen Forknes, Jenny Young, Angela Sawyer, Lynne Hayden and Eric Penn
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AGE UK Cambridgeshire is trying to shake off the old fashioned image that often springs to mind when people think of a day centre by highlighting the many positives for people attending activities at centres in Fenland

Making friends, having a good time and getting away from isolation are just some of the reasons why the organisation is trying to encourage people to come along and see for themselves.

Volunteer organiser Dee Potter explained: “Age UK Cambridgeshire believes that age needs respect, it needs kindness and sometimes it needs help.

“Too many people experience difficulties as they grow older.

“We cannot promise everyone good health, but we will campaign for the appropriate care and support for all of us. Where we find loneliness, we will reach out. Where age becomes difficult, we will try to lighten the load.”

Age UK Cambridgeshire has three Fenland social centres located in Chatteris, March and two in Wisbech. They are managed by experienced and enthusiastic staff supported by volunteers who make a real difference to the lives of the members that attend.

A hot meal and tea and coffee is provided. Those attending enjoy games, quizzes, entertainment, speakers and sometimes outings.

As well as making people aware of what the social centres have to offer, the charity is calling for more volunteer help.

Volunteers are particularly needed to support members at two centres in Wisbech - the Oasis Centre at St Michael’s Avenue on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at Boyden Court, Elizabeth Terrace, on a Friday.

Said Dee: “You may have a desire to make a difference to the lives of others or a feeling to be part of a team.”

By volunteering you can help to make this happen. If you are Interested in this rewarding volunteering experience or any other volunteering opportunities, contact Dee on 0845 521 3481 or email: dee.potter@ageukcambridgeshire.org.uk

• If you would like to come along and enjoy some time in a happy environment at one of the local social centre, then contact Lynne Hayden on 01945-428662.