Downend Connect is set to launch so come along and find out more

August 28 2013

DOWNEND Connect is ready to launch this month – and it is relying on you to make it a success.

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DOWNEND Connect is ready to launch this month – and it is relying on you to make it a success.

The signs are good. Organisers say the response from the people of the Downend area to their initiative to bring people together for fun and friendship has been encouraging.

Downend Connect aims to support older people in the community by making them aware of all the activities available in the area and filling any gaps in provision.

Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council ’s community engagement, backed by Downend Voice, began by asking people and organisations to get in touch with their details and ideas.

Everyone interested is invited to the launch event on September 11 from 3-6pm at Badminton Gardens in Beaufort Road.

Local groups offering activities for retired people will be there, as will the agencies that work with older members of the community.

Sue Jaques, of South Gloucestershire Council, said she had been delighted with the response so far.

“We have had a good number of people getting in touch and we are looking forward to building on their ideas to make Downend Connect a success,” she said.

Among the organisations to express an interest is Downend Baptist Church’s ladies enterprise group, whose activities are outlined elsewhere in this edition.

The Not So Young Club at St Augustine’s also feature in this issue, is another organisation that helps retired people keep active.

And don’t forget that enrolment for the many courses at Downend Folk House at Lincombe Barn is on September 12.

One initiative to support older people that we have highlighted in Downend Voice is at Leap Valley Surgery, where they have joined forces with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) to create a patient befriending scheme.

Martyn Poole, of Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council, believes Downend Connect can be a strong force to help combat isolation among older members of the community.

The aim is to bring together people who have time on their hands with those in need of support for the benefit of all parties.

Hanover Housing Association, which runs Badminton Gardens, is also offering its support. Many of the facilities of its extra-care housing centre, such as the cafe are open to the public.

Downend Voice already lists activities for all ages on our What’s On pages, but we will also provide a focal point for regularly updated Downend Connect information.