Around seventy over-60s from Christchurch were treated to lunch and an afternoon of bingo at the first ‘Sunday Social’ at the weekend – a new monthly event organised by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) and Forerunner Personal Catering, Bournemouth’s largest meals on wheels provider.
Free-of-charge for all, the event is hoped to offer the older residents of the Borough something a little bit different on a Sunday afternoon – especially for those who may not receive many visitors or find it difficult to venture far from their homes.
Held at the beautiful Greystones Estate in Highcliffe, Dorset, the Sunday Social started with a delicious meal prepared and delivered ready-to-serve by ‘meals on wheels’ company Forerunner, one of its chief sponsors and organisers.
Followed by an afternoon of bingo with 16 prizes up for grabs, guests openly expressed their gratitude and enjoyment as they left.
It is hoped that future Socials will feature a wide variety of entertainment – from live bands, singing and dancing, to informative talks and classic card and board games.
While many guests travelled to Greystones Hall independently, taxis were provided by Brendancare for its club members, and it is hoped in the future that a minibus could be run to assist those who cannot otherwise attend.
Co-sponsors of the event Forerunner and ICM were delighted with the turnout and the wealth of appreciation from guests. Managing Director of Forerunner, Declan O’Toole, said: “Our first Sunday Social was a great success. The people who came really seemed to have a good day and were very appreciative. It’s nice to be able to give something back to the community and have it appreciated. It was a great partnership between ICM and Forerunner. We’re all already looking forward to the next one.”
Guests were invited to book through a number of organisations who are also supporting the event – Brendancare Dorset, Lions of Christchurch, Age Concern Christchurch, and Dorset Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP). The next Sunday Social is planned for 5 July – more details to follow.
The team behind the Sunday Social is looking for acts, shows and talks that would be of interest to the over-60s. If you are a performer, drama group, band, tutor, or lecturer, please do get in touch for a fantastic opportunity to entertain and inform a very appreciative audience.
Volunteers and hosts are also needed to assist the smooth running of the event and comfort of its guests, so if you feel you might be able to offer any help at future Sunday Socials, please get in touch with Heidi Lees-Bell or Emily Cole at ICM on 01202 485510.