In Whitchurch groups recognise that loneliness or social isolation can affect people and are working together to provide spaces where people can meet and share either a coffee or meal. Groups in the town always welcome new members, but please note some of the groups are targeted for specific people:-
Whitchurch Rotary Club provide a Christmas dinner delivered to your door on ‘the’ day. Did you know that last year the Rotary served 125 hot Christmas lunches to people living on their own in Whitchurch. To request a meal to be delivered please call Chris on 01948 780114.
Meals will be delivered any time between 12 noon and 1.30pm on Christmas day – if you’d like a meal please give Chris a call and someone will come and visit you to find out your likes and dislikes. So please don’t leave it until the last minute as visits need to be booked in.
Looking ahead, Whitchurch Rotary Club will be running the Rotary Concert on Tuesday 9th / and Wednesday 10th May – watch three hours of free entertainment provided voluntarily by local artists. Transport is also available, just get in touch with the Club: http://www.surftech.co.uk/rotary/Main/contact.htm
If you would like to get more involved with Whitchurch Rotary, but don’t want to become a member, they have a ‘Friends of’ group, just get in touch via the website and someone will get in contact with you. It’s a good way to meet new people.
Time Together – Food, Fun and Friendship at Bargates Hall (next to St Alkmund’s Church). 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoons of each month at 2pm. The December groups will meet on:
Wednesday, 7th December 2016 – 2pm until 4pm
Wednesday, 21st December 2016 – 2pm until 4pm
Time Together is specifically for those with Memory Loss or Dementia and their family members or carers. Support and a listening ear for family and carers. Support and stimulation for those with Memory Loss or Dementia.
Social, mental, emotional and spiritual care in a warm and loving atmosphere. If you’d like to find out more please give Rev Judy a call on 01948 667253.
Senior Citizen’s Club in Pearl Yard, Whitchurch, runs many different groups, including a lunch club. For all senior citizen’s in and around Whitchurch, for more information contact 01948 662169.
New Horizon’s North Shropshire a peer support group specifically for people with addiction. Sessions are held at 10am on Wednesday mornings in Sainsbury’s community room and Saturday evenings from 6pm in the Beacon Church office, St John’s Street (behind the Civic Centre) – meetings take place throughout the year, and certainly don’t stop for Christmas!! Call 07760 174425 to find out more.
Beechtree Community Centre is the local healthy living centre and is situated next to the Community Hospital. The Beechtree offer many different activities, including a range of activities for physical and mental well-being.
Beechtree Community Centre also has a ‘local food’ café serving tea, coffee and cakes as well as porridge and affordable lunches. The Centre is open to everyone and you are able to take part in the Centre activities, such as ‘1 to 2’ IT courses and art classes.
Please give the Centre a call on 01948 666612 and speak to James or Penny.
Through a Public Health funded project, James at the Beechtree can offer support and assistance to anyone wishing to take part in activities. Please give James a call on the number above.
Sunday Lunches are served at the Bradbury Centre for older people who would like to share a meal with others. Transport can be provided to and from the venue, just give Sylvia a call on 01948 662081 to find out more.
Local Churches in Whitchurch usually have refreshments and time for chatting after their Sunday morning services, to find out when services are on please visit the town website http://www.whitchurch.info Places to Worship – please visit the Community Hub and they can print the list of telephone numbers if you can’t access the internet.
Whitchurch Leisure Centre also received funding from Public Health to put on activities for people who do not usually exercise. The Leisure Centre staff want to make getting active fun and achievable and are offering 12 weeks of low-cost activity taster sessions, such as walking football, table tennis, Pickle Ball, Street Jutsu and badminton. If you’d like to take part, but may be don’t have the confidence to attend the first time, James at the Beechtree can support you. Please give John at the Leisure Centre a call to find out what’s happening when 01948 660660.
Chester Road Bowling Club are running a project called ‘Get Fit, Keep Fit’ also funded by Public Health. The Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities, beginners will be helped and instructed in the game by Club volunteers. The bowling season runs from April until October, but you can give Ann a call to find out more 01948 667378.
WaveLength gives TVs and radios to isolated and lonely people living in poverty.
Many live with disability or chronic illness that make it hard to leave their homes. Many are over 75 and many are coming out of difficult situations like homelessness or domestic violence.
To qualify for WaveLength’s help, beneficiaries must be referred by a third party, known as a referee. This is to prevent fraudulent claims and check people really are vulnerable.
WaveLength have been told that TVs and radios are ‘lifelines’, keeping people connected to the outside world and comforting them through long days and nights. The equipment is brand new and WaveLength also provide sets which are accessible for disabled people. WaveLength can provide a range of televisions, radios and CD players and the manufacturers take care of installation and delivery, as well as a long-term warranty.
http://www.wavelength.org.uk Tel: 01708 621101
Samaritan’s are available to talk to any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Please don’t suffer alone. You don’t have to give your real name or any personal information if you don’t want to.
The quickest way to contact the Samaritan’s is by phone on 116 123, this number is FREE to call.
Lastly, but never least, MERRY CHRISTMAS from Whitchurch Town Team.