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“ The value of the club was soon discovered when one 81 year old arthritic lady had her


first social outing for 14 years ”


of our quietest members will just get up and dance and a smile of joy will shine from her face.


Thursdays at the Willows, Green Street starts about 10am and finishes at 4pm. This is when members are encouraged to join in conversation and play board games. Visiting hairdressers and podiatrists are also available to members.


The Society now has four specially adapted coaches each costing in the region of £50,000, and the main expense to the Society is the running costs of these coaches which is in the region of £12,000 per year. The Society has a membership of about seventy and relies completely on unpaid volunteers.


At present there is a pool of ten drivers and about fifteen helpers, but because all of the volunteers are retired we do at times find ourselves stretched with holidays and the like.


So like all charitable societies, funding is an ongoing issue. Money is raised by the annual subscription which is at present £30. Weekly raffles along with annual bazaars and biannual flag days help to keep the society afloat. Members also pay a proportion of the cost of afternoon teas and lunches, thus enabling the money to go further


and so that more outings can be enjoyed.


Due to the cost involved and the need for volunteers we have not been able to take members away on holiday to the UK for the past few years. However we are hoping to resurrect this in the near future, starting with day trips to France and short breaks to Guernsey. Finding enough accommodation with suitable facilities is a difficulty, but fortunately Maison des Landes at St Ouen is able to accommodate some of our members who always have a wonderful home from home holiday there.


The aims of the society has changed little over the years. It continues to be run by an enthusiastic committee who try to achieve a varied and interesting programme.


Members are encouraged to give their input as much as possible in the running of the Society, and volunteers get satisfaction from the enjoyment members receive. It makes all the effort worthwhile. The welfare of our members is paramount in our aims, and we try to bring fun and laughter into their lives. The disability of members varies greatly but we try to cater for everyone and get them out of their home on a regular basis. For some it may be their only outing of the week.


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