Elderly residents invited to 'share good times' as meals service reopens in Eastwood
A service that provides companionship and meals for elderly people in Eastwood is hoping to ‘reach out to the isolated and lonely’ as it finally opens again after more than a year.
Age Concern Eastwood at the Colin Dyson Centre in Edward Road opened up to elderly residents again this month after remaining mostly closed since the beginning of the pandemic last March.
The non-profit service offers a place for over-60s to meet new friends and enjoy a hearty meal up to four times a week.
Trustee Josie Marsters said the last year has been a struggle for a lot of older people and is overjoyed to see members back.
She said: “We have missed them and this year has had a profound effect on the elderly.
“For many, it was bad enough not being able to get out ordinarily and only doing so when we came and collected them – but at least they had four days a week to look forward to then.
“Some have dementia and were coping well by attending the centre but this long period of isolation has meant for some the selling of their homes and they now reside in nursing homes.
“Our membership is well depleted as sadly we have had members that have also passed away during this last year.”
When restrictions aren’t in place, the centre can seat 32 people per day but at the moment can only seat around 12.
Josie hopes that membership numbers will start to blossom again after all restrictions are lifted in July, despite some still being uncertain amid the pandemic.
She said: “A lot of people have lost their confidence. But we want to reach out to all the isolated and lonely, bring them out, help them make new friends and give them something to look forward to.
“There’s no need to sit at home when there is a service here – use it. We’re very proud of this centre and the way it serves the community.”
The Age Concern is for residents of Eastwood and all surrounding areas and opens Monday to Thursday from 10am. Members pay just £7 for a two-course meal and unlimited drinks.
Josie added: “We can offer a door-to-door service and pick you up. There is also entertainment once a week and bingo. Make new friends and share some good times.”
For more information, contact the centre on 01773 423100.