I went to visit a local voluntary group called Just Older Youth (JOY) this morning and I have to say I was blown away by their energy and enthusiasm! On Mondays they run three separate events in three separate venues; Tai-Chi (£2.00), Seated Exercise (£1.50) and a “Chop and Chat” group. There was a fantastic community spirit underpinning all of these events and everyone was having such a good time. JOY is operated entirely by volunteers and I think they are a shining example of how the voluntary sector works at its best to produce cost-effective solutions in response to localised concerns.
The approach of JOY is really neatly summed up by their name; they want to consider older people who live locally as people, just young people, who happen to be a bit older. They still crave social interaction, and get a buzz from physical activity, and want to be able to contribute to their community.
JOY are always looking for new people to attend their groups and classes, so if you fancy taking part or know someone who does, check out their list of activities.
I also wonder if there are other groups or organisations in the Borough that are similar to JOY and operate in other areas. Do you work for one? Do you know of one? If so, we’d love to hear about them, so please get in touch!
Post by Henry