Our mission is to make time for people over 50 and to offer opportunities and friendship in a stimulating and enjoyable environment, while providing relief for carers for those vulnerable to isolation and loneliness.
Think back to yesterday. How often did someone ask how you were? On the phone, in the street, on email? Now, imagine that it is the evening and you haven’t spoken to a single soul all day and only have the TV or a pet for company – all day, every day.
Loneliness is predicted to be the next great health crisis, with proven links to malnutrition and dementia and, as bus services decline and families move apart, social isolation in rural areas becomes more acute.
From Monday to Friday, The Clockhouse offers men and women a bright, warm, happy centre, with support and advice where needed. Friendship underlies all that we do. Our increasing membership illustrates the importance of our motto ‘Making Time for People’ and we have two disabled-access minibuses that reach out to Milford and the surrounding villages. Members enjoy professional hairdressing, chiropody, reflexology, art and computer classes, Pilates and Bridge, or just a simple cup of coffee with the newspaper. We also offer chair-based Extend exercises and, to help prevent falls, our popular Better Balance class is ideal. From our 5 star-awarded kitchen, our Chef cooks a delicious two-course lunch menu with lighter choices available.
Why not pop in and see what we do? Come along with someone who you think might be lonely (they don’t advertise the fact). Or, think about joining our wonderful team of Volunteers? Whatever time you can give is invaluable to us and whatever your talent (making coffee, Reception, secretarial or simply talking to people) we need you.
The Replacement Minibus – Good News!
Our new Minibus has arrived! It is a 17-seater VW Crafter. The vehicle is an ex-demonstrator, with just over 2,000 miles on the clock, and is in excellent condition. The total price was £48,495 (VAT exempt) and all the fittings, including a tail-lift for wheelchairs, are in place. The funding and the selection of the minibus has been a huge, time-consuming project for our fundraising team. To sustain our transport requirements whilst raising the necessary funds, we used a leased minibus and special thanks go to our team of Drivers who worked extra hard to ensure a smooth service for our members. The Trustees are grateful to all those individuals and organisations who made generous donations towards this project and the minibus will bear the names of the major donors: Surrey County Council Community Improvements Fund, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Witley Parish Council, Chiddingfold Parish Council, Elstead Parish Council, The Rank Foundation, The Girdlers’ Company Charitable Trust and Sainsbury’s. We are Godalming Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year 2015/16.
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