Socialising And Support - The Directory Group

Socialising and support

A Hayling Island lunch club which helps improve the social lives of the elderly has received praise from local MP Alan Mak ahead of a special Older Persons Information Fair in October.

He made the visit to the Hayling Island Community Centre, which will host the fair, to meet some of the members of the lunch club.

It has been run by volunteers for around 30 years and continues to be a huge success, with 35 to 40 older people attending every week for coffee, bingo and lunch.

Mr Mak’s first Older Person Information & Advice Fair will take place on Friday 14th October at Hayling Island Community Centre (10am to 3pm).

It will bring together a wide range of businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. The free event is open to everyone, including the friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people. 

The Hayling Island Community Centre also runs events throughout the week including social groups and fitness classes. It comes after the centre was awarded nearly £500,000 worth of funding in March to build a much-needed extension and provide more services.

The two-storey extension will consist of a community café and kitchen on the ground floor, with seating for up to 40 people, a disabled toilet, lift and stairs to the first floor.

Centre manager Tania Jones said: “It was great to welcome Alan Mak to see the lunch club. He has been a firm supporter of older people and his fair will be a great showcase for all the support which is on offer in the community.”

To find out more about the lunch club, call Ann Louth on 02392 467083.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley