Delicious, hot, nutritious meals, friendly company and attentive, thoughtful one-to-one care, are all services the charity, Weekend Care provide.
The health and well-being of many lonely elderly people is increasingly become a concern for those in the Calderdale area. 17.42% of households in the town of Halifax comprise a lone pensioner and reports show that 10% of the population of Calderdale act as carers, not getting the opportunity to socialise and relax with friends as they should be.
Weekend Care, a local charity based at The Cartwheel Youth and Education Centre, Elland aim to provide day care for the elderly and disabled on a Sunday, in a stimulating and social environment. They cater specifically for an individual’s needs in order to enhance their quality of life. The charity arranges various activities and entertainment for their guests and provides weekly fresh, hot meals at a small charge of £10, in comparison to typical other day care providers of £40-£75 per day.
However, the main provider of their meals has recently shutdown and there is a risk that they will not be able to fund this service at such a high quality. Therefore, in order to continue funding these quality services, the Community Foundation for Calderdale has donated £9956 to help Weekend Care continue providing attention for isolated, elderly people.
As a result of this grant, the charity hopes to be able to continue to provide their beneficial meals and help combat the effects or prevent some of their illnesses. Users with diabetes will receive meals that are balanced around their diabetic needs. Balanced meals will help assist in addressing the health requirements of the people who attend the care services and reduce social isolation in the local area. Weekend Care hope to provide a service for an increase in both guests and volunteers, covering more areas of Calderdale.