Friendship and fun for older people

October 05 2017
Friendship and fun for older people

A CHARITY in Wells has been helping older people have fun and feel less lonely for five years now.

The Lawrence Centre in Chamberlain Street was established in 2012 by a group of trustees who took over what was the St Lawrence Centre from Somerset County Council.

It provides day opportunities for up to 16 older people a day, five days a week, including those living with memory loss and health issues.

Activities include talks, singing, flexercise, art and crafts, quizzes, cooking and outings.

“Friendships are forged and testimonials say that our members greatly benefit from their time at The Lawrence Centre,” said centre manager Maggie Charlesworth.

“What we do helps prevent social isolation – that’s one of our remits – and gives carers a much-needed break.”

The work of The Lawrence Centre aims to keep people well, active and living independently for as long as possible.

“There’s clearly a need in our community for a service providing support for vulnerable and frail people,” said Maggie.

“When people come we try to tailor the activities to suit them. People do have fun, and laughter is quite important.”

Another of the attractions of The Lawrence Centre is the freshly prepared daily lunch.

“People really like the home-cooked meal every day,” said Maggie. “For some people that’s the only hot meal they will have all week.”

Maggie is supported by four sessional workers and a number of volunteers, but more volunteers are needed. The centre is also looking for volunteer drivers to transport centre users from home and back.

If interested, or to be considered for a place at the centre, call Maggie on 01749 676839 or email mcharlesworth