A Makeover For Age UK Merton

New schemes planned for September

Age UK Merton is changing. It is having a makeover and expanding its current range of activities to meet the ever-changing and diverse needs of the over-50s in Merton.

It is closing its day centre in Mitcham (right), which is no longer fit for purpose, but says it is committed to ensuring current day centre visitors will have a place in to enjoy their new "Love Later Life" programme of activities.

The programme will give a wide range of opportunities for older people of all ages to get involved, meet new people, keep fit and healthy, and try new things.

Charmaine Sainsbury, Chief Executive, said: "I am proud to work for an organisation that has such a rich history of supporting the over-50s in Merton- going back to at least 1950.

"Our services are invaluable and we are looking forward to providing a wider range of activities to even more people in the borough."

Age UK Merton will continue to provide one-to-one information and advice on the issues that matter to the over-50s, not least Money Matters. Their Gardening and Handyperson schemes continue, as does the Celebrating Age Festival, which reflects the diversity of our community and the groups and activities within it.

There are also a number of new and exciting schemes they are about to start with their September re-launch. These include the Dignity in Care scheme (volunteers visiting local Care Homes); restarting Sole Mates (a foot care project); a programme of sessions for older people experiencing loneliness and a much needed Stroke/Continence support project funded through the Ageing Well Programme.

They are now looking for help with their much-needed makeover for existing Day Centre users. A group of young people are going to help them with the painting, but they also need to re-floor, refit the small kitchen and provide cupboard space. They are appealing for donations of money, or suitable flooring or equipment.

If you can help, contact Charmaine Sainsbury on 020 8648 5792.

July 8, 2013