Brendoncare Clubs, based across Hampshire and Dorset, are friendship and wellbeing clubs, providing older people with opportunities to meet new friends in a welcoming and supportive environment. The clubs are run by a team of dedicated volunteers, supported by a small team of locality managers.
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, Brendoncare Clubs have had to move their services online. Online virtual clubs have been offering everything from exercise sessions, to cooking-for-one demonstrations and singing sessions. These have helped the most isolated people stay healthy and feel connected.
Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, is enabling the team to offer a contact and support service through telephone and written communication. The service listens to older people’s concerns and signposts them to other organisations who can meet specific needs they may have. Importantly, it also helps to maintain the friendships and support networks that club members have built up over time.
Samantha Agnew, Head of Clubs at Brendoncare said: “The NET’s support is helping us to understand the needs of older people and ensure our members don’t become dependent on interim services and even more isolated before we reopen.”