When Jean lost her 57-year-old son, Ian, she went to see her GP who prescribed her anti-depressants. However, these didn’t agree with her and she became very unwell.

She was referred to a counsellor who gave her information about Guild Care's free day centre services. The day centre was within walking distance of her home, so she came along one day and hasn't looked back since.

"It has now become part of my life; I come every Tuesday, sometimes a Monday and a Friday and perhaps at a weekend for a Sunday lunch. We have a lot of fun with gentle exercise, singing, entertainment and subsidised meals. I often have dinner here a couple of times a week and they happily cater for my dietary needs.

I’ve made friends too and just feel so much better – although I think of Ian ever day I’m now able to cope mentally with my loss. Without this centre I am not sure I would still be here, as I was so depressed.  Coming to the Guild Care Centre means I have reason to get up and get dressed; I’ll even have my nails done at the salon sometimes!

This service truly has been a lifeline for me and I’m so grateful that this charity can offer something so valuable to me and other local people."

Jean, Guild Care Centre user 

Guild Cares CEO, Suzanne Millard, sat at a desk

To find out more about our day centre for older people at the Guild Care Centre please click here.