Glennis Hooper: Why community groups are vital

Little Stanion WI members were earlier this year entertained by a pole dancer. Glennis says community groups such as these are a lifeline to many people

Little Stanion WI members were earlier this year entertained by a pole dancer. Glennis says community groups such as these are a lifeline to many people

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There are many pleasurable aspects to running a charity such as Crazy Hats.

One of them is when I am invited by various groups across the county to talk to them about the work we do and why we do it.

Over the years I have been privileged to attend so many varied groups ranging from WIs, church groups, schools, Rotary, Inner Wheel, Mothers’ groups, retired groups – the list goes on.

Not only do I get the opportunity to meet so many different and lovely people but, as I sit and listen to the business side of their weekly or monthly meetings, I get to hear of all the good works they do, the fun they have in organising trips out and I witness the warmth of the friendship they extend to one another.

I also listen to the buzz and the chat of the group members as they come in and are acquainted with their friends.

Their efforts have to be applauded.

It makes me realise what a lifeline some of these groups are to many of the individuals who go along, especially the elderly who say it is the only time they go out of their house.

Everybody is so welcoming and more often than not invitations are extended to me to join them on some of their planned activities.

Long may such groups exist for I know that when I am older, and retired I would welcome the chance to belong to such thriving organisations.

However, it really saddens me when I hear of groups having to disband because they cannot afford the ever-increasing rent for hiring their venues, some of which are old and in need of sprucing up.

With our population increasing and life expectancy on the rise I do hope that these groups can be supported and that they can be allowed to continue.

None of us are getting any younger – we all need people around us.