Activity days are a joint initiative between Central Bedfordshire Council and Grand Union. They currently take place in the friendly and comfortable communal lounges of two of our retirement housing schemes.
They are designed to offer a fun and engaging day of activities to local people. The aim being to promoter wellbeing and social inclusion and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
What happens at an activity day?
The people who attend are encouraged to join in with activities such as games, quizzes, crafts, gardening, armchair exercises and group discussions. Throughout the year we organise special WOW days where outside organisations may be invited along to entertain us or introduce us to something new.
Everybody is treated as an individual and there is also a range of less structured activities that people can enjoy on their own or in a small group. Sometimes people just enjoy having a space to sit and chat.
A focal point of each day is a freshly cooked two course lunch, and we also enjoy a range of refreshments though out the day including tea, coffee, toast, cakes and fresh fruit.
How much does it cost?
There is currently no charge for the service, but there is a small charge for lunch and refreshments. People attending are also asked to make their way to the activity days independently.
Who can attend?
The activity days are open to people living locally who are feeling lonely and isolated and would welcome the chance to enjoy a range of activities within a friendly and welcoming environment. Often people will not have engaged in an activity like this before and they are always welcome to come along and try it out.
People who attend may have a range of health conditions such as depression, memory loss and Parkinson’s or they may be recovering from a stroke. We work with those that attend as well as their carers and advocates to meet individual needs, up until the point where people need personal care. We will then try to refer them on to a more appropriate service.
Referrals can be made through any member of GUGH staff, or through a carer or other professional. People can also contact us directly. We will then arrange a visit where we can show you around, complete a brief referral form and maybe give you a changer to take part in an activity.
Anyone who lives in the scheme is also welcome to join in.
Where activities days are full a waiting list will be used. You will be informed of this at the point of referral.
Where are they held?
We currently run two activity days each week, both run from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm:
- Beverley Court, Clophill (Thursdays)
- Quince Court, Sandy (Fridays)
For further information:
Phone: 01525 408672
Alternatively you can contact us through Customer Services