New social club for over 55s in Newhaven

A new social club for the over 55s is being launched by the Royal Voluntary Service’s Befriending Scheme, which operates from the Rehabilitation Centre in Newhaven.

The social club, which aims to provide interesting and informative activities in a relaxed environment, will enable people who may feel isolated or alone to make new friends and socialise.

The opening event will be held at The Day Centre, West Quay, Newhaven, from 1pm until 3pm on Monday (February 23).

Refreshments will be provided and programmes for the rest of the year will be available.

Transport can be arranged if necessary. The club will then meet fortnightly on a Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth Bustard, service manager for the scheme, said: “We are very aware of the number of lonely older people living in the Havens area and are very keen to encourage them to join us. We have arranged a full programme of activities throughout the year and are excited about the prospect of being able to reach out to a wider community of older people from across the area.”

Royal Voluntary Service supports more than 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions. Through its army of 36,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward Befriending and Home from Hospital services.