Do Good in Brentwood: Mountnessing’s Forget Me Not Activity Club gives elderly new lease of life
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 April 2019
This month, Do Good in Brentwood campaigner Villene Hyam focuses on a club dedicated to encouraging the elderly socialise and have fun.
Have you heard about the Forget Me Not Activity Club in Mountnessing? This group was started by Tracy Godden and Leah Farrell as a way of helping the elderly in the community and their carers.
Tracy and Leah both have a passion for community, plus experience in social care and they started the initiative as they felt there was a real need for a service like this in the area.
With mental health services being cut and carers in need of vital support, they decided to offer somewhere for carers to take their elderly loved ones to socialise, enjoy a meal together, and take part in fun activities.
All the events take place on Mondays at St John’s Hall in Mountnessing, and then lunch is at The Prince of Wales Pub nearby.
The focus of activities is very much on cognitive and physical ability - tapping in to those precious skills and taking part in light physical exercise.
Regular activities have included pool, table tennis and volleyball, plus cake decorating, and even reminiscing over photographs to trigger conversations about events and people in days gone by.
All intended to keep the body and mind active, encourage conversation and give the elderly and their carers a change of scenery. There’s a fee to be a member of the club, but it meets on a weekly basis from 10am until 3pm and is jam-packed full of things to keep members and their carers busy.
How Can We Help?
Sharing - one of the most important things you can do is to simply spread the word.
If you know someone who you think might benefit from the Forget Me Not Activity Club them encourage them to go along.
If you work in an office locally, print off the flyer and put it in your staff room.
Teaching - if you have a skill or an area of expertise you would be willing to share, then get in touch with Tracy or Leah as they are always looking for people to take tutorials with the members.
They’re particularly looking for people knowledgeable or passionate about arts and crafts, cookery, sport, seated exercises, singing, and playing a musical instrument (especially piano for sing-alongs).
Donating - they are also looking for soft sports equipment, games or arts and crafts supplies to help them to offer a wide range of activities. Used or new is fine.
If you want to contact Tracy or Leah, you can do so via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07940 231609.
Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @FMNactivity. Spaces are limited so get in touch for more information, or to ask about the next taster session.