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Young at Heart Meir group marks fifth anniversary

Meir party

In December 2019 the Young at Heart project marked the fifth anniversary of its Meir social group. The team organised a joint Christmas and anniversary party for members and volunteers to celebrate together. 

The group, which meets every two weeks at St Francis Church, offers a range of games, activities and entertainment to keep people happy, healthy and stimulated. Attendees can also enjoy tea, coffee, refreshments and a game of bingo. Guest speakers regularly attend to talk to the group about topics like keeping safe, staying healthy, and more. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, and sit and have a chat in friendly, welcoming company.

Initially, the Meir group welcomed a handful of people from the local area once a month. However the group grew so quickly it soon expanded to fortnightly sessions to meet the needs of its beneficiaries. It continued to grow over the years thanks to the efforts of Young at Heart's project staff and a team of dedicated volunteers and now regularly opens its doors to 35 people.

Young at Heart's project team praised the volunteers who give their time to make the group a success, and for organising a fantastic celebration for all. Father Hudson's Care is thankful to all those who have helped make the group a success.

 

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The group meets every other Tuesday at St Francis Church, Sandon Road, Meir. Sessions are £2 and run from 2pm to 4pm. Simply come along to join them on the day, or for more information call the Young at Heart team on 01782 269990

It is one of nine social groups and lunch clubs across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire that offer friendship and support to older people who experience social isolation and loneliness. Many friendships have been forged through the project, which helps people stay connected to their local community. To find out more about Meir and other Young at Heart groups, visit the project's page

Young at Heart relies on the many volunteers who help out at the groups, in the community and on trips. From serving tea and coffee at a group, to arranging activities there are lots of ways to help out. To find out more, call the Young at Heart team on the number above.

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