The Stan Ball Friendship Circle has gained 25 members in its first three weeks, and is going from strength to strength – but organisers are keen to invite more new members to come along and join in the fun or even become members from home if housebound.
The group, based at the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, is aimed at anyone aged fifty plus who would like to make new friends.
A home visiting service will also soon be developed for people who cannot leave their house, and applications for Friendship Circle home memberships are now being taken.
Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator, said:
“The target for members in the National Lottery bid which funds my role is sixty members, and the first members are working hard to help me recruit new members to the group. We’re aiming to exceed that number if we can. We’re developing the Circle week by week and fantastic new friendships have been formed already.
“Retention is high – every single person who has joined has come back for another visit and that’s what we really want to see, an enduring and welcoming friendship group that will always be there for people when they need it, and above all where they feel perfectly comfortable just dropping in and out on the Friendship Circle days to suit themselves.”
The phenomenal range of low-cost and sometimes free Friendship Circle activities just this past week week included ballroom and latin dance with tuition on Monday, bingo and lunch as well as the Computer Beginners Class on Tuesday, breakfast, coffee and a Tai Chi taster plus separate poetry readings and a creative writing workshop by Jae Linsey on Wednesday!
Deb Brownlee commented:
“Jae has read some of his material to us informally and we enjoyed it so much we have asked him to come along for a proper dedicated session. A number of Friendship Circle members have also already brought along written work to read out or have read out by others. The creativity within the group is incredible.”
On Thursday lunch and bingo was also available, as was the Computer Self Help Group which meets in the IT room and new members are very welcome to either work on the centre computers or bring along their own laptops. This is a self help group not a taught session. Members share knowledge and tips, the cost is £1.50 including internet access and refreshments are available.
Friday saw a hosted breakfast and lunch, with afternoon entertainment and discussion to follow.
NEXT EVENT SCHEDULED: On Wednesday 27th June from 1pm-3pm, local singer Hayley Cooper will be coming along to entertain everyone with a singalong taking the audience back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Everyone is welcome and the cost is £2 per person payable on the door.
For details of Friendship Circle members, costs where applicable and all activities and future events at the Stan Ball Centre, telephone 01922 403351 or 01922 403351 asking for Karen Smith or Deb Brownlee, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in to the centre any time Monday to Friday.