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09 August 2016

The PM Club run a weekly lunch club at the Port Mhor Centre, Port Charlotte. In addition to providing lunch, the club invite a variety of speakers to give talks on numerous topics ranging from healthy living, to arts and crafts.

The Club provides a vital service, offering those over the age of 55 the opportunity to meet and socially interact with other people living on the island. For many it is the only social contact they have all week and the impact of a hot meal, social interaction and visiting speakers is invaluable.

The group received a grant from the Fourteen Programme to fund an open afternoon, serving teas and home baking and to encourage new members. Local artists and crafters, were also invited to display their works, and talk about their crafts.

The open afternoon was scheduled for mid-November, and unfortunately it coincided with the first storm of winter, “Storm Abigail”, hitting the island. The PM Club team were worried that many elderly residents would decide not to venture out and brave the elements. However, they need not have worried, thanks to the dedication of the volunteer drivers, the hall began to fill up quickly. The volunteer drivers did a sterling job making multiple trips ensuring as many people as possible could attend.

The afternoon proved a great success, with new members coming along on the day, new friendships made and old friendships re-kindled. Many also had the opportunity to purchase early Christmas gifts from the crafters who were displaying their wares.

One person commented, “This is the best way to spend a windy wet afternoon. I’m glad I came or else I would have sat home alone all day.”

The team at the PM club are really pleased with the success of the afternoon. It attracted new members and enticed more people to get involved in volunteering with the club.

Since the open afternoon, The PM Club joined forces with the Jura Lunch club to leverage additional funding from Foundation Scotland’s express grants programme to host a special screening of Dad’s Army.

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