The churches in Broomhill and Broomhall endeavour together to enhance the lives of older people living in our communities, offering a range of activities as well as visiting people at home. At St Mark’s we have a lively community of older members who enjoy meeting on a regular basis for friendship and discussion, as well as participating in the musical, arts and drama life of the church and the regular learning courses that explore issues of faith.
St Mark’s Lunch and Friendship Club
A wonderful smell of food and a lot of cheerful noise! What’s happening in the church lounge at 12 noon on Wednesdays?
St Mark’s Lunch and Friendship Club meets weekly during term time and welcomes people over 60 to a two-course lunch followed by music, a speaker, or home-made entertainment. Our chief aim is to offer an opportunity for older people who live alone to get out and meet others. We also have the occasional theatre trip.
Worker with Older People
The ‘Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall’, of which St Mark’s is a member, employs a full time worker, Janet Brown, to work with older people in the area regardless of religious or ethnic background.
Janet supports people in maintaining their social links by helping them to join the local lunch clubs, friendship clubs and coffee mornings, most of which are run by the churches.
She keeps people well informed about changes in legislation, benefits and provision of services through her contacts with the clubs and the two older people’s forums she runs in the area.
Janet will help people to get to hospital or doctors’ appointments either herself or by arranging for someone else to help. She links people up with social services, health services or voluntary groups where necessary.
She visits people in their own homes or residential homes to advise both them and their families. This is often much appreciated when people are contemplating going into residential care.
Janet’s work is integrated with all the clubs and congregations which means that her advice and expertise is widely available.
For more information on ‘Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall’ click here.