Our friends at Age Scotland came out to the Cranhill development trust back in December to visit our Young at Heart group and hear about our Christmas activities, read more about it here…
GLASGOW GROUPS TO MAKE “CHRISTMAS A LITTLE BRIGHTER” FOR LOCAL OLDER PEOPLE THANKS TO A £6K DONATION
Fourteen community groups for older people around Glasgow and Edinburgh are spreading cheer a little further this Christmas thanks to a £6k donation from the Scottish property company Ross & Liddell.
All the awarded groups are members of the national charity for older people, Age Scotland, and meet regularly throughout the year to tackle loneliness and isolation in their communities through friendship, volunteering, activities, outings and supporting people with health conditions and disabilities.
A winning group, the Young at Heart Lunch Club, in east Glasgow has been meeting at the Cranhill Development Trust for 13 years. Thanks to the Christmas donation, the group was able to hold two events for its members last week.
They provided a Christmas lunch for its 52 members held on 6th December including a tea dance, party games and a gift for each member from the staff and volunteers. The next day their weekly charitable crafting and natter group made personalised Christmas gifts and decorations to gift loved ones as part of their Christmas activities funded by Ross & Liddell through Age Scotland.
Rachael Gallacher, community development worker at Cranhill Development Group said:
“Thank you Ross & Liddell so much from the bottom of our hearts for donating to our Christmas party. It means a great deal and our members look forward to this all year.
The lunch club at Cranhill Development Group is a really strong group with very loyal and caring people. They look after each other and if someone misses one week, everybody is contacting one another to see where they are.
People come from all over and they’re very welcoming to members of different cultures, refugees and asylum seekers. As well as their arts and craft classes, weekly lunch club and charity knitters group, they’re really interested in integration and the poverty links to this area and want to do something to address that.”
Ross and Liddell managing director Irene Devenny said:
“We are very proud to be joining forces with Age Scotland to make Christmas a little brighter for older men and women across Glasgow and Edinburgh.
“Social isolation is a significant issue in communities across the country and every day, our property managers meet older people in need of some company.
“We hope that our support of 12 Days of Christmas is helping to make Christmas a time of togetherness for older people.”
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s Chief Executive said:
“We’re grateful for Ross & Liddell’s generous £6,000 donation, which is wonderful thank you to our member groups who are shining beacons of support, friendship and active later lives in their communities.
In Scotland, loneliness is a very real public health crisis with it being as bad smoking 15 cigarettes. Right now there’s one lonely older person on every street in Scotland. Groups like the Young at Heart Lunch Club are champions of community connection.”
The nine Glasgow community groups who were awarded the Christmas grants were: Alive and Kicking Project, Cardonald & Craigton Seniors Forum, Cranhill Development Trust, Cuthelton Social Club, Nan McKay Community Hall, New Seniors Forum Super Seniors, Parkhead Registered Tenants Association, Shanti Bhavan Social and Cultural Centre and The Jamieson Court Residents Group.
To join the Young at Heart Club phone Cranhill Development Trust on 0141 774 3344. If you would like to find a group in your area, phone Age Scotland’s Community Connecting team on 0800 12 44 222 who will support you to find groups that match your passions and needs.
Young at Heart Lunch Club
The Young at Heart Lunch Club is an Age Scotland member group in the east of Glasgow. It meets every week at Cranhill Development Trust for people over the age of 50.
0141 774 3344
Age Scotland, the national charity for older people, part of the UK-wide Age Network, is an independent charity dedicated to ensuring that older people in Scotland get the support and opportunities they need to be able to enjoy a better later life.
0333 323 2400
Ross & Liddell
Ross & Liddell manage a range of properties for the benefit of a range of people: tenants, landlords, developers and owner-occupiers in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.