The Wainfleet Phoenix Support Group was formed in 2007 to support people who live on their own and may not see other people regularly. Phoenix members enjoy a wide range of activities and trips out. The group was recently successful in achieving T.E.D. Step-Up commissioning.
The investment from T.E.D. has supported the group in widening their horizons with trips out of the area. This has attracted new members to the group. Recently a full coach-load enjoyed a trip to the Chocolate Factory. Further trips to the Aircraft Museum and a tour of the Wolds with fish and chip super are also planned. It is hoped that these excursions will attract more men to the group. Val and Joy recognise that there are a large number of men who live alone in the area, who would enjoy the relaxed company and fun the group enjoys.
The group meets fortnightly at 10.30am on a Monday at Wainfleet Methodist Church, St John Street, Wainfleet. Membership of the group is growing, with 18 regular members. The group is run by Val and Joy, whose dedication and care is greatly appreciated by the group members, who say; ‘Val and Joy put their heart and soul into it’.
One of the huge successes of the Wainfleet Phoenix Support Group has been the friendships made, that continue outside the group. Members care for and support one another, making sure everyone has a card on their birthday and those who are unwell have a visitor. One new member said how welcome and included they felt.
“People on their own have made friends”, Val explains, “…they meet up for coffee. The group is a base for friendships to form”.