Romney Marsh Day Centre
The team at Romney Marsh Day Centre provides opportunities to the over 50s across 16 rural towns and villages. Their services range from information and advice, activity clubs, exercise and wellbeing classes, hot meal delivery service and social opportunities to name but a few. A number of dedicated volunteers also contribute to the fantastic work that Romney Marsh Day Centre provide, they have been especially important during the Coronavirus where the organisation has had to respond to an increasing number of calls for assistance at an exceptionally difficult time.
Despite the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, Romney Marsh Day Centre has adapted its services and staffing to transform the day centre into the Romney Marsh Community Support Hub. Over 120 volunteers came forward to support the work and over 1500 contacted the Hub over a six month period. With help from a grant from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Kent Community Foundation, a new community support hub has been established to help offer new services such as a seven day a week call centre, food and medication deliveries, and wellbeing exercise classes, reaching those shielding and isolated people in their homes through regular calls as well as delivering activity books. Funding has also been used to provide two tablets or ‘Grandpads’, specially designed for those unfamiliar with technology, to older people feeling socially disconnected from family and friends so they are able to socialise online.