One Year on for the Horncastle Friendship Group

Last week The Over 50s Youth Club in Horncastle celebrated their one year anniversary with a party for all their members and volunteers to recognise the hard work that has gone into their friendship group. The celebration saw the Horncastle Ukulele Group perform music for the party, along with a visit from the Mayor of Horncastle and his wife.

The T.E.D. Project (Talk, Eat, Drink in East Lindsey) who are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, originally helped the friendship group establish in 2018. Since then The Over 50s Youth Club has gone from strength-to-strength and oversees their own events. They have also successfully gained the use of the Horncastle Youth Centre free of charge every Wednesday and have hosted a stall at the Horncastle Christmas Market in 2018. The aims of the friendship groups are to reduce social isolation and loneliness in over 50s across East Lindsey.

Roisin Mullee (T.E.D. Friendship Officer) who provides support to the friendship groups commented “they’re a hardworking, dedicated group who really highlight the benefits friendship groups can have on the community”.

For the celebration one of the volunteers baked an amazing cake, along with the rest of the volunteers clubbing together to put a buffet together for the users. One group member, Kathy Israel commented “I just come for the chat, it doesn’t matter if there is activities or not, the mixing is good”. The Over 50s Youth Group have regular activities at their sessions including Indoor Bowls and Boccia by Magna Vitae, along with crafts and board games organised by the volunteers. Regular attender Roy Simmons told us “I love it; it’s great if I didn’t come here I’d just have a doze in the afternoon. I wouldn’t miss it for anything”.

As a group being run solely by volunteers the group are very keen to fundraise to help organise events and trip for the users. Some of their up-coming trips include a day in Sheffield and a trip to a Fish and Chip Restaurant in Cleethorpes. Talking to the friendship group users, Brenda Newstead remarked that the group is “very handy, just passes the time when you’re on your own”.

Lynda Baker (Volunteer) shared “today would not have happened without the hard work of our volunteers who make this so special that makes it worth all the hard work that goes into it.” She went on to describe yesterday’s celebrations as “special, magic and a lovely atmosphere, the way the room has been arranged has really helped. Everyone is talking, you know you’ve done well when everyone is talking to each other, and there’s a buzz”. For more information about the group or if you wish to attend visit https://tedineastlindsey.co.uk/friendship-groups/ or call 01529 301966.