St Martin’s Social Care Project is about offering local older people and carers a range of opportunities to stay connected and active and is led by local people, like you, who make it happen and direct the activities. Based at St Martin’s Church in Perry Common, we presently offer activities on Tuesdays; a walk and talk group (St Martin’s Meanderers), a Place of Welcome (a place to sit and chat), a Community Garden (for those interested in gardening and chatting) a Community Shed (where you can share or learn skills) and we have also just introduced a library where you can borrow books, jigsaws and DVD’s and a market where you can buy second hand clothes and much more. Much of what we do is based on laughter and encouraging friendships, with the ultimate goal of working together for the common good of local people.
Hi, I am Debbie the Community Development Worker for the over 50’s at St Martin’s. My background is varied with 15 years retail experience in Woolworths and 12 years in primary education as a teaching assistant and then a teacher. I am a type 1 diabetic and have multiple sclerosis but I control them they don’t control me. Life is good, I am creative and always up for a challenge!
Activities in relation to Covid 19:
All our activities have been Risk Assessed in order to ensure we are Covid safe. A booking system is in place to ensure we only have a maximum of 6 people per activity. Test and Trace is being used to log people attending activities, a one way system is in use and wipes and hand sanitisers are readily available. Masks must be worn inside the Church.
St Martins Meanderers - Booking is essential
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Outside St Martin’s Church at 9:15 am for a 9:30 start
This is an early morning walk and talk group, set up for the over 50’s and carers wanting a stroll and catch up.
It starts outside St Martin’s Church at 9:15 for a 9:30 am meander every Tuesday and finishes there with some socially distanced snacks. You have to bring your own drinks as we are not able to provide those at this time. You can purchase teas and coffees from the café across the road.
Wednesdays, Weekly- suspended at present
The Community Garden - Booking is essential
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Community Garden
If you are interested in gardening and socially distanced company, please bring your creativity and come along and help in the Community Garden every Wednesday from 10am till 1pm. There is much work to do as the place has been very neglected during lock-down and needs lots of TLC. We have a few tools and gardening gloves but feel free to bring your own. There will be wipes and hand sanitiser for equipment and tools that are shared.
Place of Welcome - Booking is essential
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St Martins Church Centre
Place of Welcome in Two Sessions
Session One: 10am – 11am
Session Two: 11am till Midday.
This is a place to come and see a friendly face and have a conversation whilst drinking a cuppa and eating a snack. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to provide the drinks, just individually wrapped snacks, but you can bring your own or buy one from the café opposite, before you come over. Whilst attending the Place of Welcome you also have the opportunity to visit St Martin’s Library where you can borrow books, DVD’s and jigsaws and St Martin’s Market where you can purchase second hand clothes and much more, to help raise money for St Martin’s Roof Fund.
Community Shed - Booking is essential
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
In the shed at the back of the car park at St Martin's Perry Common
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, join in our fully kitted out Community Shed for woodwork, metal work and other jobs. Learn or share how to recycle pallets into planter, up-cycle anything made out of wood and recycle tin cans and pot noodle pots into decorations for your garden. Just a few of the items created by people in our Community Shed. Cost is free but a small donation towards the running costs is welcome.
Booking is essential as we can only fit three people socially distanced in there.
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