Elderly social outlet on verge of closure
ORGANISERS of the Big River Day Club have decided to continue in the face of a severe lack of volunteers.
The club's events at the Joan Muir Community Centre in Turf St provide a social outlet for elderly members of the community for four hours every Thursday. But after losing several long term volunteers at the end of last year it is now in desperate need of helpers.
Glenice Perriman, who helped start the day club 16 years ago, was recently elected coordinator and earlier this week had fears the club would go into a temporary six-month recession due to a lack of volunteers.
"We lost eight volunteers at Christmas time," Mrs Perriman said.
"I had thought we would be able to replace them but I was very wrong. The lack of interested people is a growing concern for our ageing population."
RSL Day Clubs are run all over Australia and aim to improve quality of life for veterans, their spouses, war widows/widowers, as well as other interested members of the community. Day Clubs offer a setting to develop friendships and social support networks by providing the opportunity for members to be involved in a varied program of stimulating activities that enhance health and wellbeing.
"We run a free bus to get to and from the club for our members, provide morning tea and lunch and entertain them with speakers or music or what ever it might be," Mrs Perriman said.
She had anticipated that yesterday have been the final day at the venue for the foreseeable future, but afterwards told The Daily Examiner it will forge ahead.
"There are plenty of members who attend, but very few volunteers to do the heavy work," Mrs Perriman said.
"We're going to try to soldier on, but we're in dire need of reliable volunteers who are prepared to come every Thursday for at least a couple of hours in the morning.
"We need about eight all up, but at the moment we have three.
"We are desperate for someone competent at preparing food for 30 or 40 people on a weekly basis."
CAN YOU HELP? If you can spare a few hours every Thursday please phone Big River Day Club co-ordinator Glenice Perriman on 0427 476 213 or Sue Webster on 6644 5018.