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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham

For our first Spotlight we focus on the Bevan Crescent Community Group based in Maltby.

Peas Please

 

Bevan Crescent Group recently celebrated the 88th birthday of one of its members, Audrey Richards, with a pie and peas lunch.Bevan Crescent Group member celebrating her birthday

 

Audrey's friend and local caterer, Lily, aged 74, prepared meat and potato pie, mushy pies and homemade gravy, which was followed by chocolate cake, homemade scones, fresh cream and jam. All the group declared the meal to be ‘delicious’ and ‘exceptional value for money’.

 

The group is run by Keith and Carol Stringer and started life as an Age UK Rotherham Fit for the Future group back in March 2014. After 20 sessions led by Age UK, the group became volunteer led in September 2014.

 

Following the end of the Fit for the Future project in March 2015, the newly independent volunteer led group took up the option of becoming an Affiliated EngAge Rotherham group. Affiliated EngAge Rotherham groups are offered support to run their groups by the EngAge Rotherham project as way of helping them continue.

Bevan Crescent Group members

 

Group meetings are held on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to12.30pm and cost £1 per week to attend. They mainly focus on having a tea and coffee over a natter and each session includes a sing-a-long and quiz.

 

Group members are primarily in their 70s and 80s and together form a lively, quick witted and funny group. They have also raised donations for local charities, invited speakers from local services to give talks to the group as well as having a hot lunch once a month.

 

The group meets at the Community Building, Bevan Crescent, Maltby S66 8AN. For more details on this or any of other Affiliated Groups, give EngAge Rotherham a call on 01709 910699.

 

 

Also in EngAge Rotherham in January:

 

We talked to members of Rotherham Older People's Forum about the work we are doing with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to raise awareness of fire safety and encourage local people to become fire safety champions in their own communities.

 

We held our first EngAge Rotherham volunteer recruitment event on 26 January 2016 to showcase volunteer opportunities within Age UK Rotherham.

 

 

Read our other Spotlight articles

March 2016 - EngAging New Volunteers

April 2016 - Best Buds

May 2016 - 'Ear' to Help

June 2016 - Award Winning

July 2016 - Bee at Brinsworth

August 2016 - Bright Sparks

September 2016 - Tea for Todwick

October 2016 - It's Good to Talk

November 2016 - Be a New Year Volunteer

December 2016 - Lest we Forget

December 2016/January 2017 - Christmas Cracker

February 2017 - To knit or not to knit

March 2017 - V for Volunteering

April 2017 - Chit Chat

May 2017 - Mayor at Maltby

June 2017 - Yorkshire Pride

July 2017 - The Walkie Talkies

August 2017 - Follow the yellow brick road

September 2017 - Don't be Lonesome Tonight

October 2017 - Another Year Greyer