‘Help to save vital care centre’ - says Barbara, 82

Stroud News and Journal: Barbara Clarke is among those who use the Acorn Day Centre. The group, which provides food, entertainment and friendship for 40 elderly folk, desperately needs volunteers Barbara Clarke is among those who use the Acorn Day Centre. The group, which provides food, entertainment and friendship for 40 elderly folk, desperately needs volunteers

AN ELDERLY Rodborough resident has spoken of the importance of ensuring the Acorn Day Centre is saved.

Based in the Baptist Church hall in Union Street, Stroud, the group has been running since 1990 and currently operates Tuesday to Thursday, offering friendship, food and entertainment for 40 elderly people.

It is run by a dedicated band of volunteers but a new committee is desperately needed to ensure it can continue to operate.

Barbara Clarke, 82, contacted the SNJ to highlight how important the centre is for many people in the hope more volunteers will come forward.

She began attending the centre just over a year ago after suffering a stroke.

“I feel everyone should be doing something to keep it going,” she said.

“My argument is that although the present committee are retiring I feel sure that there are people who would do the work if they knew about it.

“If I was 10 years younger I would do it.

“My district nurse got me a place at the Acorn and it is worth a lot to me.

“I live by myself and my family are all out at work so I don’t see anybody in the day, and I can’t drive as my stroke left me partially-sighted.

“But I can get to the day centre by the Ring and Ride service and I meet people, have a chat, take some exercise, enjoy a good meal and entertainment.

“I know there are people more lonely than me, and this makes such a difference.”

Six trustees are needed including a chairman, treasurer and secretary.

For more information on how to help keep this vital service running call Carol Jamfrey on 01453 766533 between 9.30am and 3pm.

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