Active seniors are off on their travels

Published on: 29 Oct 2014

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THE Downend Connect initiative, which seeks to reduce isolation among older people in the area, is going from strength to strength.

The computer courses at the library are hugely popular, as is the Monday knit and natter group, whose members have made blankets and teddies for Africa.

Now this group has branched out, with a day trip to the St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff, using Kingswood Community Transport.

Parish councillor Martyn Poole, who has a lead role in encouraging Active Seniors, said he would encourage other groups of older people to consider using the service. Kingswood Community Transport has 16-seater minibuses and volunteer drivers and users can use their Diamond Travel Passes.

Mr Poole said: “We booked the 16 seater for Knit and Natter,had a wonderful volunteer driver called Bob. We left in heavy rain but as we approched Cardiff it brightened up and we had sunshine.

It is so important that people - especially the older generation - have a chance to go out from their normal surroundings, somethings many of us take for granted. One of our group was so pleased - she had not been out of her immediate area of Downend for 6 years. “

Another success has been at the Wednesday Cafe at Badminton Rd Methodist Church, Mr Poole was asked to find a keep fit teacher qualified to run sessions for older people.

“We arranged a trial lesson paid for by the parish council. It was a great success and it will be good to make keep fit an essential part of the Active Seniors’ lifestyle,” he said.

“I would like to remind groups who have residents living in Downend and Bromley Heath that the parish council have a grant system. It is not difficult to apply and our parish clerk will help you in your application. As a parish council, one of our roles is to support voluntary clubs and groups.”

To contact the parish clerk, Angela Hocking, ring 9567001 or email

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