Our Friendship Club offers a full programme for over-70s As people grow older, they can become vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. That’s why it’s vital that they have opportunities to get out of the house and socialise. We recognise the importance of providing social opportunities for older people and have developed a programme of activities that keep them stimulated and entertained. Our charity runs a ‘Friendship Club’, which is a social gathering of people age 70 and over who want to make friends, relax and enjoy themselves, in a safe and supportive environment. The Friendship Club runs from Methold House on North Street, Worthing and is open from 9.30am to 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. A typical day at the club would start with a cup of tea and a natter. There are a range of small group activities on offer each morning, such as quizzes, exercise groups, use of our outdoor gym, bingo and you can engage in as much or as little as you would like to. At 12.30pm everything stops for lunch, before an afternoon of entertainment, including live musicians, singalongs and dancing. There are also exercise groups to join, including Tai Chi and a movement exercise class, which was developed to suit all abilities. John has been coming to the Friendship Club for over 10 years. He said: “When I retired, I felt quite bored, so I started coming to the centre, which really helped to give me a sense of purpose. It means a lot to me to belong to this community. I have made lots of friends and we really enjoy chatting, exchanging stories and having a laugh. “It also feels good to have the support of people who are in the same boat as me. Guild Care is a really important part of my life, and I would feel lost without it.” The daily charge is £12 and includes a home cooked two-course lunch and all activities and refreshments. Accessible door-to-door transport is available via our minibus service, subject to availability at an additional cost of £6 per day. We also provide an on-site hair and beauty salon, offering pampering, wellbeing and therapeutic treatments including hairdressing, facials, massage, aromatherapy, nail care, and chiropody at an additional cost. Julie Moon, 76, said of the club: “I like being with people, I like talking, I like making new friends. This club is friendly, it’s cheerful, and it beats spending the day at home. I’d definitely recommend other people to come.” Members recently enjoyed a Great Gatsby themed day, featuring roaring 20s attire and even an afternoon performance from 70s band Middle of the Road who had everyone on their feet dancing. Nicki Freeman, Head of Older People’s Services, said: “At Guild Care we recognise the importance of having a social club where people can gather, have a chat, enjoy some entertainment and just have the chance to spend the day with other people. So many people become isolated as they get into old age so we really encourage them to visit our club and see all the great things they can get involved in.” So, whether you are looking for good company, an opportunity to try something different or just want to pop in for lunch and some afternoon entertainment, come along for a visit. To find out more about the Friendship Club, please visit its webpage or call our Customer Service Team on 01903 327327.