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Age UK Reading STAR clubs

The purpose of STAR clubs is to provide a social outlet for those who have one oe more long term health conditions which make it difficult to get out and about. Clients can be collected from their door, transported to the club and then returned safely to their home again. 

Age UK Reading STAR Clubs are a place for older people to come during the day. Our Star Clubs provide:

Stimulation

Conversation, reminiscence, singing, games and more to ensure the time with us is full of things to do, join in with, and think about.

Theraputic

Scientists have shown that stimulating activity has a theraputic effect on older people’s cognitive function. Taking part in social, inclusive games and activities encourages a sense of belonging, improves wellbeing and eases loneliness.

Activity

A mix of sensory, cognitive and physical activities will make our members feel part of the group, and get them involved. Being and remaining active plays a huge role in improving wellbeing.

Respite

Our three hour clubs are bookended by transport on Readibus which we will help to arrange for you. This means that the club member is out and about for at least 4 hours on the day of the club. This offers a real opportunity for respite for any carer or family member who may need time for other errands, leisure activity, or maybe just a break!

Broader support.

As part of Age UK Reading being connected to the clubs also gives the client easy access to a wider support network. We have access to high quality information and support and our information service can connect clients and their carers to support from elsewhere in the system or other groups in town. Good information can empower people to make better decisions about their wellbeing.

Help with Transport

Working with our partners at ReadiBus we support people to be able to get out to live active lives and engage in the community. ReadiBus collect people from their doorstep and our staff and volunteers meet the people from the bus and assist people into the room where the club is held. We work with Readibus to facilitate journeys as best we can. Although we cannot always guarantee a journey will be possible right away.

Running of our clubs

Our clubs are located at Sheltered Housing homes across Reading and Woodley and run from Monday to Saturday inclusive. We use the kitchens of these homes to provide for our lunch clubs freshly prepared food. Alternatively, we use the hall at our base in Walford Hall which itself has a high-quality catering standard kitchen.

Criteria

We offer extra support to clients who attend our clubs. We meet them from the minibus and help them move in and out of the building. We help them with cutting up food if required and can guide them to and from the toilets. We do however ask that clients are able to eat by themselves and go to the toilet by themselves as we do not provide a full personal care service.

Outings

Occasional outings are arranged such as trips to the pantomime or river cruises which our club members are invited to attend at an additional cost.

Costs

Our Clubs cost £13 for 3 hours which includes a light meal such as soup and a roll, sandwiches, or cake and custard. It also covers the help we offer with arranging transport.

Dementia groups.

If a client is living with Dementia it would be more suitable for them to look into our Dementia groups.

Contacts

To find out more about our lunch and tea clubs please contact by email on clubs@ageukreading.org.uk or by our main line 0118 950 2480