Bringing people together at Ore Community Centre with Bags of Help

The Ore Seniors Project, which runs every week at Ore Community Centre in Hastings, has received £3,000 from Bags of Help which it is using to make a big difference to the lives of the elderly.

The project brings together older people to enjoy socialising and try new activities, particularly working with those aged 60 and over who are at risk of social isolation and mental health issues. Some have mobility problems, while others have lost social contacts and confidence due to care responsibilities or bereavement.

Bags of Help, which uses money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local community projects across Britain, runs in all Tesco stores in Britain - so far it has awarded £67 million to over 21,000 projects.

Harold Winkler, aged 76, explained how the Seniors Project at Ore Community Centre has made a difference:

“I have been going from week one. My wife had gone into a nursing home and I was at a loss. My very good neighbour and friend managed to get me to come and it was one of the best things to get me to mix with other people.”

Mags Pawson, Centre Manager, said:

“We’re really grateful to Tesco for their funding to help this vital service. Our seniors are consulted regularly to ensure that the project continues to meet their specific needs. A wide range of activities are offered, including singalongs, musical percussion, arts and crafts, relaxation exercises, local history talks, health sessions from NHS staff, and therapies such as reflexology, pedicures and manicures.

“We are also introducing IT training to enable more seniors to take advantage of online services, and every week a two-course lunch made from fresh ingredients is served, encouraging healthy eating.”

Find out what Tesco is doing to support communities in its Centenary year with Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants (England, Scotland and Wales) and the Tesco Centenary Fund (Northern Ireland).

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