Check out the different activities on offer with Downend Connect

January 30 2014

ARE you feeling lonely and down in the dumps, stuck indoors on these cold dull winter days?

downend connectARE you feeling lonely and down in the dumps, stuck indoors on these cold dull winter days?

Why not try venturing out to try some of the opportunities available in the Downend area? There are plenty of groups that would welcome you.

Downend Connect, an initiative spearheaded by Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council and supported by Downend Voice, aims to help bring people together and reduce isolation.

It is collecting information about activities that are available already and those that people would like to see organised locally.

Parish councillor Martyn Poole said the council was keen to support active retired people in the area and would consider funding groups or outings.

Downend Library is a good place to start if you are seeking inspiration, advice or company. It holds coffee mornings every Friday from 10.30-11.30am where you can be sure of a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. If knitting is your thing, the library also hosts weekly Monday morning knit and natter sessions from 10am.

Willow Ladies Club hosts speakers at its meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Assembly Rooms in Salisbury Road.

Whist sessions are held at Emersons Green Village Hall on Thursdays from 2-4pm.

Computer training for older people was one need identified by Downend Connect and courses have been held at Downend and Staple Hill libraries, with more planned.

For those with green fingers, Bromley Heath Gardening Club meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month at Bromley Heath School.

And if you feel like trying something new, how about flamenco dancing? It’s on offer at Kathy’s dance centre off Fishponds Road from 8.30-9.30pm on Thursdays.

For people who have had strokes, and those who care for them, a monthly stroke club is held at the Downend Day Centre in Overndale Road from 11am to 1pm on the second Friday.

For further ideas, try our What’s On pages, our website and our Facebook and Twitter.