A call is going out to all elderly people in Penarth to remind them of all the activities and meal-services being provided for them at Penarth’s Trinity Methodist Church at Woodland Place Penarth.
One of the longest established provisions is the daily “Lunch Club” – which has been running for 17 years. This helps get elderly people living independently out of their homes and provides a two-course lunch and lots of like-minded company with which to enjoy every meal
LUNCH CLUB : The Lunch Club runs from Mondays to Friday inclusive and costs only £5.50 a head. Often customers bring their helpers and family members in to join them. It’s just one part of the MHA (Methodist Homes Association) “Live at Home” scheme – run by manager Linda Brownhill along with a team of volunteer helpers.
There’s recently been what Linda describes as a “drastic reduction” in the number of diners using the long-established service and she’s now embarking on a publicity campaign to make more elderly people in Penarth aware of the Lunch Club and the range of other activities provided at Trinity Church for everyone.
MEMORY CAFE: Now, in a new initiative, the MHA Live at Home scheme has added a new regular offering to its range of services – a “Memory Cafe” – specially established for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their helpers . The “Memory Cafe” is being held on the first Tuesday of every month and 10 customers – and their helpers attended yesterday’s launch event ( not pictured) .
The MHA also runs a wide range of other activities from its base at Woodland Place. There’s a special outing to see the musical “Guys and Dolls” at the New Theatre in Cardiff today .
EXERCISE CLUB Every Wednesday there’s an Exercise Club – which uses what’s called “LIFT” system (that stands for the Low Impact Falls and Trips system) . This is a special gentle exercise regime which restores the strength in pensioners muscles and helps them avoid accidents – such as when pouring from kettles
ART THERAPY CLUB: On Thursdays there is a an Art Therapy Club which is for everyone including dementia sufferers,
Transport is provided from customer’s homes to Trinity Church on a Wednesday and Friday – and Linda is always keen to hear from new volunteer drivers . Lunch Club meals need to be booked a day in advance.
Linda Brownhill can be contacted on 02920 712516