The Shirley Neighbourhood Care lunch club takes place every Thursday at Shirley Methodist Church on Eldon Avenue (opposite Trinity School) CR0 8SD. Clients have a hot meal of a main course and a pudding. After lunch the group retire to the lounge for activities including bingo, a sing-song, or armchair exercise. The food is cooked by a professional catering company and will include good home cooked dishes. Our lunch club co-ordinator organises the club and volunteers help to look after the clients and serve the lunch. The cost of the lunch club is £6.50 per person. Clients who are eligible for Dial-A-Ride can book transport to and from the lunch club.
Our shopping bus visits two local supermarkets – Sainsbury’s in West Wickham, next to the Wheatsheaf pub, and Tesco’s superstore at Elmers End – on alternate Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The bus leaves our office at 9.30am and picks up clients from home. There is always a volunteer escort on the bus who will help with shopping and taking the bags indoors on the return journey. After clients have completed their shopping, the group get together for a cuppa and a chat in the supermarket café. The clients will all be home by 12.30pm at the latest. The cost of a place on the shopping bus is £7 for a return journey.
For those who find it hard to get out and meet other people and are looking for companionship, our befriending service can help by providing regular visits from one of our volunteers. After an initial introductory visit, clients can agree the frequency of the visits.
SNC can provide volunteer drivers to take clients to medical appointments such as the doctors, opticians, clinics, chiropody and local hospitals. The volunteer can wait, or come back later for the return journey, dependent on the length of the appointment. Trips should be booked through the office and the volunteer driver will ring the client the day before to confirm the appointment.
SNC organises regular outings. We visit garden centres and tea shops and details are distributed in our regular newsletter which is delivered by our volunteers to all our clients on a quarterly basis. There is usually a charge of approximately £10 per outing and clients settle their own refreshment bills. Prices will vary according to the distance and detail of the outing.