Started almost 30 years ago, as a social event for older, retired people living in Beverley and surrounding villages, it provides friendship, companionship and laughter, as well as lunch!
Monday is often a grey day for older people, especially those who cannot get out or who live on their own. Which is why Leisure Day, which is held in the schoolroom behind Norwood Methodist Church, is so popular. Transport is available for those who cannot get there under their own steam. The day starts at 10.45 with morning tea/coffee followed by an activity such as a game or a craft, a speaker or entertainer/s with a light lunch of soup and a roll, cake and more tea before guests and helpers head off home at 1.15pm.
Someone who has benefited enormously from attending Leisure Day for the past 4 years is Trish Waterson. She said: “My husband died 6 years ago after which I found I couldn’t cope and I ended up in a care home for 2 years, which is where I met Christine Milburn, who is the Pastoral Leader of Leisure Day. When I moved to my own flat, Leisure Day was one of the first events I went to. I have met so many new people there, who told me about other things I now also go to. My life is so different and it’s all thanks to Leisure Day - it’s given me friendship, companionship and a lot of laughing.”
An important aspect of the group is ensuring that all members are accounted for; if anyone doesn’t attend, Christine finds out why and lets the rest of the group know, giving members the confidence of knowing that there is someone who cares.
If you would like to find out more about Leisure Day, either for yourself or for someone you know, contact Christine Milburn on 01482 863558 or Christine Caddy on 01482 882325. Leisure Day is also keen to welcome volunteers who would like to offer their skills as a speaker or entertainer or get involved in other ways.