Age Concern Syston Calendar 2015

Age Concern Syston is an independently funded local Charity, whose main aim is to promote the welfare and well-being of the elderly in our community. They have been operating within Syston since 1978 relying on fund raising events, grants and donations to cover core costs. Although they receive no financial aid from Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland we do receive their support and guidance if needed.
The Age Concern Syston office, is open each weekday morning, offers a help and advice service to the whole community. Apart from two part-time co-ordinators their group is run solely by volunteers. They deal with a variety of enquiries throughout the year including helping to complete forms for grants, benefits, attendance allowance, pension credit or offering advice to help people have an easier lifestyle. If they cannot help they can always put enquirers in touch with someone who can. Many people call into the office for a chat and a coffee, especially if they are lonely or have recently lost a partner. For people who are housebound and are unable to visit the office they can arrange home visits and’since their AGM last June have visited 61 people and altogether helped over 700 people.
Age Concern Syston has a minibus, adapted for disabled use, which is financially self-supporting and driven by a group of very caring and dedicated volunteer drivers. This is used daily throughout the year by over 20 local elderly and disabled groups in the area, it is also used to organise a wide variety of outings including lunches, theatre, garden centres, museums, train and boat trips. This is a vital service as through illness or disability many would be completely housebound and others who find themselves alone after losing a partner turn to them as a way of meeting new friends. Since their AGM last year the minibus has been used on 47 occasions for Age Concern Syston use and 240 times by other local groups.
A Day Care for housebound pensioners in Syston is held every Friday. Two groups meet alternate Fridays and each are run by a Day Care Organiser and assisted by a group of dedicated volunteers. The group normally use the facilities at a local residential complex and have lunch brought to them from a local school. When these are not available the Organisers arrange a wide variety of excursions as they have unlimited use of the minibus on Fridays. Age Concern Syston also run two groups called ‘The Merton Club’ 1 and 2, who each meet once a month. The volunteer Organiser runs both groups and is assisted by a dedicated driver and assistants. Theses clubs have strong links with the local ‘Merton County Primary School’ in Syston and although they spend the day at the school a few days a year, most of their meetings include various luncheon outings.
Age Concern Syston have recently started a respite care group which is proving to be very successful. The carers are taken out in their minibus once a month, while their relatives are being cared for by two volunteers. Feedback has been very positive. It gives the carer a chance to chat to others who are experiencing similar difficulties in caring for their loved ones and helps them to feel that they are not alone.
For the more mobile members of Age Concern Syston they have coffee mornings every Wednesday, at the Methodist Church Centre, from 10.00am to 11.00am for anyone to call in to meet people and have a chat. They also organise bingo, raffles or some form of entertainment throughout the year. It also gives them a chance to chat to members
and discuss future trips or activities.
The latest form of raising funds is the Calendar shown above where all the members of Age Concern Syston have taken part in this tongue in check nod to the ‘Calendar Girls’ calendar.
The Age Concern Syston office still have a few copies of their Calendar left so if you would like to support this wonderful group then call in to their office, Monday to Friday 9am – 12.30pm., in the Methodist Church Centre, or telephone the Age Concern Syston on 0116 260 1476.