WATCH: “We are NOT pensioners, we are young at heart!”

An over 50’s group, that meet at Acton Resource Centre, celebrate their first birthday.

Purple Orchids is a group for men and women over the age of 50 who may feel lonely or isolated.

The group meets once a month and costs just £5 per session. This includes all of the craft materials as well as a two-course dinner and tea/coffee.

Councillor Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “The Community Inclusion grants aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people and reduce isolation as well as support the development of community based activities. Purple Orchids is one of the many groups that have been supported by the Community Inclusion Grant, which enriches the lives of the people who attend. I would like to wish them a very happy first birthday and hope there are many more to come.”

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Barbara Tasker, a member of Purple Orchids said: “The group has given me something to come out of the house for, something for me to do. Meeting new people and learning new skills and bringing people together is what the group is about.

We are not pensioners, we are young at heart. We are people that do lots of activities and learn from one another.”

Social contact and stimulation reduce isolation and enrich lives, so Wrexham Council offer one-off community inclusion small grants to support the development of community based activities.

Grants can be used for sessions run by volunteers where people can meet together on a regular basis for activities. Proposals are invited from individuals and organisations for activities such as:

  • Lunch with good company
  • Sharing hobbies
  • Learning new skills

For an expression of interest form, please apply to:

Commissioning@wrexham.gov.uk

The next deadline for applications is September 28, 2018.

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