West End Club renews friendships

West End Club renews friendships as lockdown eases

Members and volunteers of the Brendoncare West End Friendship Club enjoyed a socially distanced walk as a way to celebrate their first face-to-face meeting in over a year.

The walk, at part of May’s National Walking Month 2021, took place at Heath Grange, West End and seven volunteers and members turned out for the nature trip.

Janice Eastlake, West End Volunteer, said:

“It was such a treat to meet my Brendoncare friends in person again. We were very lucky to have such fine weather and a lovely walk”

Amber Babey, Locality Manager for Brendoncare Clubs, commented:

“We had such a lovely time, the weather was good and we had so much to talk about, as it had been such a long time since we had all been together face-to-face.

“We all know that walking is fantastic for our physical and mental well-being. It helps with our fitness and is social too. We are already planning on our next walk.

Brendoncare Clubs are run by Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, and provides friendship and joy to older people across Hampshire and Dorset. The Clubs have been temporarily closed since March 2020 and it is hoped that some of the community clubs will be opening their doors very soon so members and volunteers can meet again. The community support service will continue with online and telephone support and online clubs to help members maintain their positive connections and friendships.

The friendship club is hoping to reopen in July and will meet on Monday afternoons at Hilldene Community Centre, West End, Eastleigh for seated exercise sessions, quizzes, games and refreshments.

More information can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk/clubs