As we get older, things can become more difficult. Whether it’s getting out as often, doing things around the house or staying active. If you or a loved one needs help to stay socially or physically active or needs help around the home, take a look at some of the organisations that might be able to help you in Stirling.
Fancy some mealtime company? MealMakers matches older isolated people with a volunteer cook in their community and is run by the national charity Food Train Scotland. Diners and cooks arrange how often they'd like to meet, making friendships over a nutritious meal and helping to reduce isolation and loneliness. Find out more about the programme.
Perth’s Men’s Sheds
Men’s sheds are community spaces for men to connect, have conversations and create. They’re all about sharing skills and having fun and are typically for older men who are facing social isolation and loneliness (but younger men and women do also get involved). Activities can range from woodwork to metalwork to electronics to model building – whatever the Shedders choose to do!
In Perth the Men’s Shed runs on Wednesday’s from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday’s from 10am until 1pm at North Inch Community Campus. To find out more visit the Scottish Men’s Shed Association website or find the Perth’s Men’s Shed on Facebook.
A national charity that is dedicated to tackling isolation and loneliness among older people in the UK by providing free monthly tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75+. The tea parties are run by a network of over 12,000 volunteers and offer older people vital and regular friendship once a month.
Volunteers collect their guest from their home and take them to a volunteer hosts house where they enjoy a range of cakes, home bakes and, of course, a cup of tea (or coffee) with other diners and volunteers.
Royal Voluntary Service
The Royal Voluntary Service run a range of activities in the local area for older people including community transport, a home library service, social activities and a health happy lives programme to help older people stay active. Find out more about their services and details of who to contact on their website.
Senior Citizen’s Lunch Club
On the last Thursday of every month there is a Senior Citizen’s Lunch Club run by the Parish Church in Blackford from 1pm – 2.30pm. Details of each event are posted on the Parish Churches Facebook page and locals can sign up in the village shop.
Have you used or do you have experience of one of the services? Perhaps a suggestion for a place we haven’t mentioned? Comment below and let us know to share ideas with the wider community!