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Gloucester House is THE place for older people in Melton to go to for advice, help and support with access to the whole range of information from the charity.

Gloucester house in the late summer afternoon sunshine

All of our resource centres offer a range of activities, services, support and facilities which respond to the needs of local older people. They are open to the public and free for you to visit. We are always looking to increase the activities on offer and welcome your ideas for what you would like to get involved with at Gloucester House either as a client or a tutor.

What is a community resource centre?

Community resource centres offer a space which is geared (but not limited) to the over 50’s. The centres each have facilities, services and activities which meet the needs of the local area. Each one has carer-supported day care in a separate, private area alongside community areas which offer classes, activities and lunch clubs or a restaurant.

The centres are accessible, welcoming, safe and offer a place for older people to meet, eat, learn, get active and socialise.

What activities are available at Gloucester House?

We have a range of exercise classes across the week which offer something for everyone who would like to get fitter.

  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Sequence Dancing
  • Steady Steps
  • Mature Moves

We also have weekly table tennis sessions, ballroom dancing lessons and sequence dancing each week. Slimming World also meets at Gloucester House three times a week.

For those looking to learn new skills or hobbies, we have a free, monthly IT & Biscuits digital workshop, a Scrabble club and lip reading.

Our regular social events are the Tuesday Coffee Shop, Evergreen Social Group, Knit and Natter and the over 55’s drop in club. We also have a monthly lunch club on the second Thursday of the month.

You can see our full timetable of activities here.

Most of our classes and activities are run by external tutors and whilst there is a charge for participants, it is minimal. If you are a tutor looking for a venue in Melton Mowbray to run your activity, please get in touch with us.

What events are happening at Gloucester House?

The centre arranges events across the year including a Christmas Fair, fashion shows, quiz nights, afternoon teas and much more.

Forthcoming events are listed below.

We have a regular Veterans Coffee Morning on the 3rd Thursday of every month 10-12pm. Free tea and coffee, all veterans, widows and widowers welcome. 

What other facilities and services do you offer?

The centre also has:

  • Information and advice drop in
  • Frequent social activities
  • Monthly lunch club
  • Falls clinic
  • Foot care practitioner
  • Day care with accessible transport if required

Information and advice drop in

Our Information and Advice team can help with anything that affects your quality of life, from benefits entitlements to residential care advice, housing issues and powers of attorney. We have a monthly drop-in on Tuesdays at Gloucester House at which you can have a free and confidential chat with one of our advisors. The advice and information they give will be independent and they can help take your query forward if you need this help (for example by helping you to complete welfare benefit forms).

Our Information & Advice service can also be accessed by calling our Advice Line on 0116 299 2278 between 11am and 4pm Monday to Friday. They may be able to help you over the telephone or you can also pop along to the drop-in session at Gloucester House.

Social activities

Social events are so important for older people to keep them in contact with the local community and with friends, old and new.

Daytime social activities are held at Gloucester House regularly, giving older people a place to meet up and make new friends. The Evergreen Social Group meets weekly on Monday afternoons, the coffee shop is open every Tuesday morning and the over 55’s drop in club is every Friday morning. We also have a monthly lunch club. We hold occasional one-off day time events, open to all and often free of charge. These will be listed above under ‘events’ or you can contact us for details of forthcoming events.

Monthly lunch club

As food often tastes better when cooked for you and it’s always a treat to be waited on, why not come along to our monthly lunch club. For just £6.00 you will have a freshly cooked two-course meal with tea or coffee to follow. You can meet and dine with friends, or come along and make new friends. The lunch club runs on the second Thursday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm. We do ask you to book by visiting or telephoning our reception.

Falls Prevention Clinic

This clinic is for people who have lost some of their independence, normally through suffering a fall or developing a fear of falling, which has impacted on their mobility and quality of life.

You can join the programme by asking to be referred by your GP. You will be assessed and then if suitable invited to attend once a week for 6 weeks.

The service is provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS trust Community Falls Team.

The team includes:

  • a consultant
  • an occupational therapist
  • a physiotherapist
  • social support staff
  • a technical instructor

The sessions currently run on a Thursday morning between 9am-12pm and (since 11th January 2018) afternoons between 1.30pm 4pm.

For further details please contact the Falls Team on 01664 800207.

Foot care practitioner

As we get older our feet can show understandable signs of wear and tear, and it becomes increasingly important to look after them to keep us steady on our feet. It can become trickier to look after them ourselves which is why a specialist service to check them and help maintain good foot health is important. Our Foot Care clinic can help you with specific areas of concern or discomfort as well as helping to keep your feet in tip top condition. The clinic runs monthly on Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Please call us for more details and to make your appointment on 01664 410253.

Day Care

Gloucester House hosts day care groups which provide carer-supported day care for older people who are experiencing physical frailty or mental health issues, living with dementia or learning disabilities. Travel to and from the groups is possible using our accessible minibuses. For more information about this service and how to access it, please visit our day care page.

When is Gloucester House open?

We open every weekday from 8.30am to 5pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.30am to 4.30pm (Fridays) and you are welcome to visit us during those hours to have a look around and see what we have to offer. Some of our activities run outside of these hours and the centre is open just for those attending the activity (for example, Slimming World, Ballroom Dancing and evening social events).

Is it free to visit Gloucester House?

Yes. Gloucester House is open to the public and is free to enter. If you wish to participate in activities, classes or services (such as foot care) there will be a charge for this.

Where is Gloucester House and how do I make contact?

Gloucester House is situated on in the centre of Melton Mowbray with parking for centre visitors. You can contact us by telephone or email – or just pop in and ask for Rhonda (mornings until 1pm).

Gloucester House
3 Norman Way
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1JE

Telephone: 01664 410253/410108
Email: Rhonda.fazackerley@ageukleics.org.uk

Can I hire a room at Gloucester House?

Yes. Room hire can be arranged through the Centre Manager, Rhonda Fazackerley, at reasonable rates. Please contact Rhonda on 01664 410253 (mornings) or Rhonda.fazackerley@ageukleics.org.uk

John's Story — Combatting Loneliness in Melton

John smiling

John Walker lives alone in Melton Mowbray but is very determined to lead a full and active life with the help of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and other local organisations.

John grew up in wartime and was sadly orphaned at just 9 years old; he was raised by a tenant farming family, along with other orphans, in Worksop. He started work in agriculture and animal farming but switched into a career with the Post Office which lasted through to his retirement. At the age of 21 he married his sweetheart, Joan, and enjoyed many years of happy marriage until Joan’s passing in 2012.

“After having a wonderful life with my dear wife for 60 years I realised after she passed away that I needed to find a way of meeting people and to find a way of combatting my isolation. Gloucester House is a wonderful place and gets older people out of the house and doing something they enjoy.”

John now meets around 400 people a month at 17 events and has made some special friends who give him an incentive to get out and about. One of his regular weekly social events is the Over 55’s drop-in held every Friday morning at Gloucester House. Not only does he meet and chat to friends old and new over coffee, he also joins the monthly bus trips which have taken him to Skegness, Bourton on the Water, Buxton and Trentham Gardens, to name just a few of John’s favourites.

John’s philosophy is to join in as much as possible and, by joining groups which interest him, feels it helps keep his mind active. His advice to others who may be feeling lonely but are nervous about the first steps towards joining a new group is: “If you are willing to come along to Gloucester House to have a look and take time to enjoy talking and listening to people there, you can make yourself a wonderful life.