New services for elderly launched in Rushden

Cllr Joan Kirkbride officially opens the new Wellbeing Centre at Rushden Serve
Cllr Joan Kirkbride officially opens the new Wellbeing Centre at Rushden Serve

A new service offering a range of activities for the elderly has been launched.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride from Northamptonshire County Council officially opened the Wellbeing and Volunteering Centre run by Serve in Rushden last week.

She described Serve’s living well and active programme as a great opportunity for older people to re-connect and enjoy life more while also offering health benefits.

Activities available through the scheme include being taken out for pub lunches, outings, computer training, arts and crafts and yoga.

Cllr Kirkbride said: “There’s something for everyone here at the centre.”

Serve had to close its day centre earlier this year due to rising costs, but said at the time it would be looking at other ways to help those in the community.

Wellbeing manager Liz Clarke said: “This is for the more senior active person.

“We have sessions run by volunteers and tutors who give their time.

“We want to provide some services that the community isn’t offering at the moment.

“It is for anybody over 55 and the disabled.

“It’s an activity centre for different sessions during the day.”

As part of this, Serve is trying to recruit, train and support more volunteers of all ages and provide more community-based projects.

Dr Cate Carmichael, CEO at Serve, praised the volunteers who already give their time and said: “Without our willing volunteers, it would be hard to do so much. They give us the extra reach into people’s lives and into our communities.”

For more information about the new service or volunteering call Liz Clarke or Diane Eaton on 01933 315555.