for older people

A group of people chatting in the pews after a church concertThe 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.

The club is run by volunteers and there is sometimes a waiting list such is its popularity!   New members are often referred  by the Community Worker with Older People in Broomhill and Broomhall, or by Agewell.  Or you can simply ask to join by contacting Rosalind Rogerson on 268 1426 to find out more.   Please don’t be put off if mobility is a problem, we can arrange transport for you.

Worker with Older People

The ‘Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall’, of which St Mark’s is a member, employs a worker, Claire Brooks, to work with older people in the area regardless of religious or ethnic background.

Claire’s details are: 07765553216 or 0114 2680976 (office)

Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall, Beacon Methodist Church Broomhill, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BD

Claire 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.

Claire, and her predecessor, Hazel Fox, have worked hard to keep people well informed about changes in legislation, benefits and provision of services through contacts with the clubs and the two older people’s forums in the area.

Claire helps 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.

Claire 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.

The job is integrated with all the clubs and congregations which means that the advice and expertise of the worker is widely available.

For more information on ‘Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall’ click here.

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