Celebrating the success of our Golden Years clubs

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130 of our Golden Years clubs members were treated to afternoon tea and a spot of dancing at Fanshawe Community Complex, Dagenham last Thursday (27th April).

Tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches were served using vintage china tea sets and the Polka Dot dancers were on hand to provide the entertainment; singing hits from the 1940’s onwards.

Members at table Golden Years events

The event was held to bring together everyone who attends our Golden Years clubs in Barking & Dagenham.

Our Golden Years programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, tackles loneliness and isolation in the older age group in our local area.

The programme was originally out together to support residents and volunteers to set up clubs and groups to encourage others to get out and about in the community, make new friends and share skills.

Golden Years member at table

The programme has been very successful and we now have five groups in Barking & Dagenham including social groups, sewing and craft groups and a group aimed specifically at men.

Sue Tipple and Jackie Redmond are Co-ordinators for the Golden Years programme and helped put together the event;

‘The turnout has been fantastic. We are so pleased with the success of the Golden Years programme and how it has made such a difference to the lives of older residents. It’s been great to bring everyone together at this event.’

Golden Years couple at table

Iris Halls, 72, attends the Tuesday Social club and said of the Golden Years club she attends;

‘I wasn’t really getting out and about before I started to go to the club on a Tuesday. Through the club I’ve met some new friends and we do so much, it’s been wonderful.'

Dancers at Golden Years event

If you are interested in finding out more about your local Golden Years group, please contact Sue or Jackie on 020 8215 9770.