I heard on the Grapevine that the local ‘WeCare’ group was being transformed, so it was time for Home Instead (Rotherham) to pay it an informal visit.
WeCare is a free of charge, non-denominational, drop in group for older people. It meets every Tuesday at 2pm in Christchurch Swallownest on Rotherham Road, opposite the Primary School.
Managing Director David Coldrick says, "I soon discovered that WeCare is not exactly about gathering together to while away your time, awaiting the inevitable like ‘Old Darby with Joan by his side’ (if you remember that ancient rhyme)."
Julia Mills, one of the group’s leaders, told me that, "Anyone who is aged over 55 can attend but volunteers of all ages are also welcome. Activities are now being extended to include reruns of classic films, and playing good music, as well as the more traditional board games, bingo and quizzes.But we have other plans too, limited only by our imagination and the need for a few extra pairs of hands.
"More younger people now recognise that we all have a vested interest in changing the way we look at ageing because we will all get there soon enough. But people who attend WeCare, whilst focussed on the big issue of companionship, also recognise we need to keep physically and mentally fit and alert which is what we can help with."
Some of the testimonials received from members of the group make it clear that WeCare makes a real difference: Phil says, "(I've) come for a lovely afternoon and meet some friendly people", Iris says, "It’s a happy, friendly and welcoming environment" Maureen adds, "(It allows yout to) expand your group of friends", Joyce tells us, "There are plenty of options" and Mary sums it all up noting, "You can meet up with old friends and make new ones". Although someone amusingly quipped, "Who says we cheat at dominoes?"
So the message to our local CAREGivers and familes in Swallownest, Aston and Aughton is pop in to WeCare and give it a try!