What a busy 40th year it has been for Sprowston Day Centre. We have had our ups and downs; said goodbye to old friends and greeted new people. Struggled with funding constraints and had to lose one of our days, but found that we can go on and look to the future still offering the same great service to the community.
To celebrate 40 years since the Day Centre began, 80 people from times of old and new gathered together for Afternoon Tea at the Old Rectory, Crostwick. Started in 1978, the club has a long history of hard work by committed volunteers. The club has gone from strength to strength over the years and everyone enjoyed celebrating the 40th birthday. Club chairperson Margaret Wynn, MBE, cut the cake, assisted by Revd Canon Simon Stokes who kindly gave a speech. Entertainment was provided by Terry Adams, who’s foot-tapping music ensured the dance floor was full!
The club had a successful application to the Co-op’s Community Token Scheme and we are in seven stores until 17th December; including Cannerby Lane, Spixworth, Heartsease and Thorpe St Andrew. Many thanks also to our local Co-op on Cannerby Lane for providing Christmas crackers and mince pies for our festive celebrations. Donations like this mean such a lot to the club and are greatly appreciated.
We were delighted to share in the wedding ceremony of two of our members, Barry and Rosie, who tied the knot in St Cuthbert’s Church surrounded by members of the Luncheon Club, following a celebratory lunch and glass or two of Prosecco.
Our extraordinary team of staff and volunteers do everything they can to ensure members enjoy their time with us. Responding to requests for different activities, answering questions, providing a listening ear and above all caring for people. We are lucky to have them.
Then again this is no ordinary lunch club. Of course, there is everything you would expect; lovely meals freshly cooked in our kitchen using local produce, plentiful cups of tea and coffee, activities to join in if you wish and top-quality entertainment to enjoy. Harder to describe is the atmosphere – full of warmth, friendship and support. Just walk in the door and you can feel it. We realise that going through the door of somewhere new can be the hardest part, and that’s why we greet new members on arrival and help them meet people and settle in comfortably. Meeting people, talking, listening, caring, these are the things we do best and we have been doing them for a long time! If you think you might like to join us we would be delighted to hear from you. Just give us a call on 01603 419682 and have a chat. We are introducing a new membership package in the New Year which will offer the same great service but with even better value for money.
If you have some time to spare and would like to help, we are looking for some more volunteer drivers to join us. This is a rewarding job helping people get to the Day Centre who otherwise wouldn’t be able to come.
Club days are Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2.30pm. Last session before Christmas is Friday 19th December and we open again on Friday 4th January. Do look at our website for more information and pictures of our activities: www.sprowstondaycentre.co.uk.
And finally, the staff, volunteers and members of Sprowston Day Centre would like to wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.