Weston group offering ‘welcome break’ from loneliness needs new members

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 May 2018

Exercises are offered at the club. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Exercises are offered at the club. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto


A Weston-super-Mare group helping to combat loneliness needs new members to ensure it can keep going.

Welcome Break meets at the Salvation Army building in Carlton Street at 2.15pm on Thursdays.

A similar group was founded by Patricia Hanson 15 years ago, but has recently been re-established.

She said: “The aim is to get people out of their homes, and it is a welcome break from being lonely.

“At the moment, there are six of us, but we need to increase it otherwise it is not viable.”

Members pay £1 a week, which includes a tea and cake, and they can take part in different activities.

The activities change on a weekly basis, and include conversations, gentle exercises, quizzes, board games and sessions aimed at reminiscing.

Today’s session (Thursday) involves exercising, while next week’s will be reminiscing.

For details, call 01934 812044.

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