The social side of things
There are many reasons why people living with long-term neurological conditions can suffer from loneliness and isolation.
Often people feel fearful or self-conscious and lack the confidence to go out socially into the wider community, or feel their needs will not be met (especially if their symptoms are invisible). Sometimes they don’t want to make demands on their friends or carers, and it’s simply easier to stay at home.
This can bring feelings of isolation, alienation eventually leading to severe depression as well as other health risks. We are always trying ways of countering this for our members and welcome any new ideas from members and carers alike.
There's always a member of staff at the Centre and usually a couple of volunteers as well, ready to chat.
We have a small kitchen so that members and carers can help themselves to refreshments and sit and chat comfortably. This provides a perfect platform for people to share their experiences, and use their knowledge and skills to help others. Most of our members stop off for a cup of tea or coffee when they come in for Oxygen Therapy, therapies or our drop-in classes. Currently on Tuesdays we always have a sandwich lunch provided by our amazing volunteer Jean. If we're lucky she also brings her own freshly baked cakes! Otherwise we provide baking potatoes and fillers so if members find themselves caught short at lunch time they can help themselves to lunch.
We can usually provide a room where people can sit and talk more privately if they wish. Many lasting friendships have been built here, and a real sense of community now exists. We have even hosted the odd wedding reception or birthday party for members!
Monthly evening and weekend events
Many people feel excluded from normal leisure activities, so we put on our own events.
We have held monthly socials for many years now and each occasion has a different theme.
We run a licensed bar at the Centre for these individual events and often put on nights with a dinner, such as a pub night with board games, a quiz night with fish and chips, or beer tasting and curry nights, music nights or comedy. Again if you know a musician or comedian/comedienne who might be interested in working with us to put a night on please let Nicky know on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please get in touch if you'd like to contribute by being on the Social Committee, we are always looking for new members!
We can accommodate up to 50 people at these events and they are usually full. Our Social Committee members organise the events. They and our volunteers do all the catering to keep costs affordable. Members know that the Centre offers a warm, comfortable suitably equipped environment, guaranteeing everyone a pleasant and enjoyable time.
We used to have our Christmas dinner elsewhere, but found the prices excluded many people, and that restaurant or pub claims to be fully accessible were not always accurate.
We now do it ourselves! We can cater for up to 70 people and each year we hire tables and extra crockery and hold a sit down 3 course meal. Between us we manage all the catering and there is always a waiting list for places.
Volunteers and Therapists Party
The Centre would not be able to function without the army of volunteers to come in to cover reception, operate the oxygen chamber, and get involved in fund raising events. All our therapists charge less than half their normal fee when giving treatments!
Every year our staff thank them all for their hard work by putting on a party, offering a chance for them to relax and be looked after for a change!