Young at Heart
STONEYFORD YOUNG AT HEART GROUP
As a result of the efforts of Sandra Connolly and Helen Finnegan to provide a facility for the retired residents of Stoneyford and nearby addresses, a group of about ten got together in the Community Centre on October 3rd. 2007. Advice was sought from officers of Active Retirement Ireland and at subsequent meetings with their Regional Development Officer and the Secretary of the South East Region the group agreed to affiliate with Active Retirement Ireland.
Active Retirement Ireland, a Registered Charity, is a “Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital”, with the aim of maintaining and encouraging independence and social contact, and thereby enhancing members quality of life. It is non-political and non-denominational. The benefits of being a member of the national body included group insurance and much advice, on national and local issues, activities and functions of other groups in the area.
Members have attended meetings given by a team from St Luke’s Hospital dealing with the prevention, treatment and coping with falls and other medical matters. Others are to follow. Outings have taken place and activities so far include croquet and putting, neither too stressful on backs. Instructions on basic yoga and relaxation techniques have also been included.
We aim to help with the Christmas Bazaar, and have arranged to have afternoon tea in Mount Juliet as a Christmas treat.
Officers for the year to November 2009 are Chairperson, Kathleen Fennelly; Vice Chairperson, John-Jo Wallace; Secretary, Basil Cook and Treasurer, Maura Wallace. Meeting are held on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. We are keen to welcome new members, and will endeavour to arrange transport for any interested persons who may have difficulties.