St Barnabas Social Club has been awarded £730 by Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the St Giles Charitable Trust.
St Barnabas Social club is open every Wednesday afternoon at St Barnabas Church supporting the elderly community of Spring Boroughs. The service is currently open to 25 members and is a place for older people to socialise with others, play Bingo and go on outings.
The group will use their grant to run a new social hub on Monday afternoons from 1 until 4pm to extend their reach to more residents in Spring Boroughs. They’ll also produce Christmas food packs for people who will be on their own at Christmas. These will include items such as tinned fruit and vegetables, evaporated milk, cheese and biscuits, strawberry jam, squash and bath products. Each pack will also receive a handwritten Christmas card and a flyer inviting local residents to the new social hub.
Iris Vigo, secretary of St Barnabas Social Club said “We are really fortunate to receive a grant from Northamptonshire Community Foundation to fund our Christmas food packs for elderly people who will be on their own this Christmas. Christmas can be a lonely time of year for older people, especially if they have no family; I want to show them that although they are on their own somebody cares. Enclosed in the box, is a handwritten Christmas card and a flyer inviting residents of Spring Boroughs to our new social hub. The generous funding from NCF has also allowed us to purchase more games for the social club too, including old favourites Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and card games. For older people, like me, it’s important to get out of the house and talk to people, even if it is only for an hour or two. This time of year can be very difficult, I want people to know that they are not alone and our hub is a place where people can socialise with others in the same situation, have fun and get to know their local community.”