Age UK centre members enjoy the social side of life

Centre friends Shirley Taylor and Brenda Hodgson say 'it's all about getting out and mixing with others'
Centre friends Shirley Taylor and Brenda Hodgson say 'it's all about getting out and mixing with others'

Age UK Calderdale day centre members Shirley Taylor and Brenda Hodgson were two of the guests at this month’s hotel charity dinner.

Both ladies attend the Hall Street day centre in Halifax and say the centre has made a world of difference to their social lives.

Seventy-seven year-old Shirley, of Halifax, said she used to suffer with anxiety and that the centre has done wonders for her confidence and general wellbeing. She’s been attending the charity’s day centre for the past five years.

“We had a lovely day at Tower House - it’s great to get out and mix with people; it makes the world of difference. I come here and I’m a member of Halifax Walking Group. I’ve met some great people.

“For anyone feeling lonely, I’d tell them to join things and try to do what you can to help yourself. When you’re lonely and depresssed you can’t be bothered to go out and meet people but you just have to push yourself to stop yourself from going down hill. Coming here makes you feel better about life.”

Eighty-year-old Brenda Hodgson, of Halifax, was sat with Shirley on the day we visited the centre. She agreed with her friend: “It’s good to come here and mix with people and the Christmas meal made a lovely change.”

The charity provides transport to and from the centre for its members as well as a traditional lunch and activities.

Age UK’s Rimani House day centre senior manager Janet Colbert said the centre has been holding special Christmas entertainment throughout December.

“The dinner at Tower House is an opportunity for our members to celebrate Christmas together at a special venue. It’s something our older people really look forward to each year and to see their faces on the day is just lovely.”

To find out more about Age UK Calderdale day centres contact the charity.