Older People’s Services:
Health All Round services are available to people of all ages (over 16) and we welcome older people to make use of any service they think may be of benefit to them. However we know that there are particular issues that relate to later life and so we have a range of services specifically designed for anyone over the age of 55 years.
Older people are especially vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness and there is a great deal of evidence that this can have a major impact on health and well being. People can become isolated for a variety of reasons: children leaving home & moving away; death of partners and friends; physical health problems; weakness and frailty; depression; memory impairment; lack of confidence; lack of paid employment & caring responsibilities.
We provide a range of services to meet the needs of older people living in our area. We always involve participants in organising and planning events and services and we do our utmost to respond to the issues that they present to us – we really do!
Good Morning Gorgie:
Meets every Tuesday morning from 10am to about 12.30 in St Martins Community Resource Centre. This popular social group includes a broad range of activities including: Gentle Exercise; Singing; New Age Kurling; Art Workshops; Seated Swing Dance; Reminiscence; Story telling; quizzes...
There is no pressure to join in activities, you can just sit and chat if you prefer – there is always someone to chat to! A light nutritious lunch is served, with good bread and home made soup which (in spring and summer) includes vegetables from the Health All Round allotments. We take care to ensure that specific dietary requirements are catered for so if someone cannot have a particular food then they can still join in the lunch.
We are sure you will be cheered and energised by this light hearted and friendly group, but if there are problematic issues in your life, staff and volunteers are available for support and information on additional services to meet your needs.
Keep On Moving:
This exercise class is for people who require more support than mainstream classes tend to offer. Suitable for those with very limited mobility or memory problems. Meeting at St Martins every Wednesday, there is no charge and you get a well earned cuppa at the end.
Health All Round employs a small bank of befriending volunteers to support older people to access community resources, or through periods of illness, and help them get back on their feet. We are also keen to support carers of older people in any way we can. Befrienders can provide transport, however this is a limited service.
If you are having difficulties leaving your home, or if you are a carer who requires support to bring someone along to a Good Morning Gorgie service just give us a ring. If we can help we will. If our service is not suitable we can provide information on alternative services.
There is no cost for Gorgie Connects or any of the older people’s services (but donations are appreciated)
“I am 87 years old and although I have a very caring family, they all work, so can’t be with me 24 hours a day – so it can be lonely. It makes a huge difference having Good Morning Gorgie to go to. Thank you all so much, you are so caring.”
“I am utterly amazed at what the wonderful people at Good Morning Gorgie provide us with – laughter, smiles, food, advice, massages! Then there are special events like the Christmas dinner and Burns Supper – when all the staff from Westfield come and are so friendly too. Many, many thanks to you all.”