Metheringham Hand in Hand Club
A much needed club for the disabled.
Helping the disabled and carers in the community to enjoy a fortnightly social afternoon, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go out. Mrs Mhairi Lavington-Browne is our Chairperson, helped by 6 committee members and a rota of tea helpers. The club was formed in 1968, next year we will be celebrating our 50th year. Our youngest member is 63 and our eldest 92. Their disabilities range from dementia/alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, polymyalgia, cerebral palsy, loss of limb, deafness, blindness, plus other health related problems.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
Many of our members feel isolated and lonely. The afternoon provides them with friendship, fun and laughter and as such we feel there is a great need for a club like ours.
We would like to purchase some new table games and replace our ageing dominoes and old battered cardboard bingo board, as the balls roll off, much to the amusement of our members. We wish to raise our profile to increase membership and reach out to those in need. We arrange 3 to 4 trips out a year, which can include the theatre, cinema, the seaside, garden centres, scenic tours and christmas lunch out. We would like to increase the number of trips but this is becoming more difficult due to the ever increasing cost of hiring transport with a disabled tail-lift for our wheelchair bound members. The club also provides entertainment and talks from local experts, funds permitting and provide them on such events with food like fish and chips, buffets, cream teas. With the celebration of our 50th year in existence next year we would if successful in our application like to use some of the funds to also make it a special occasion for all our members.
"Ann McDonald - Member.
The reason that I like going to the Hand in Hand Club at Metheringham once a fortnight is that I suffer with some mobility problems as do all of the other people that attend. This means that they do not get out and about like other people do and their social life is limited. The club gives us all an opportunity to meet up, have a cup of tea and biscuits, a natter and a few laughs. We also play dominoes, do quizes and play bingo and now and then have a fish and chip lunch with lots of very nice ladies looking after us.
We also get transport to and from in a mini-bus with a very pleasant driver who helps us all. The club is something for us all to look forward too.
From a personal aspect, the afternoon enables my husband who is my main carer, 4 hours of free time to his self, to be able to enjoy a game of golf etc, without the worry of me being left home alone knowing I will be well looked after."