Meeting each Tuesday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Acocks Green, people get moving with regular Zumba classes, sewing, dominos and trips to the seaside.
We caught up with people who attend the group for various activities.
Enid and Delbert, a lovely couple who have been married 60 years. Originally from Jamaica, they moved to England in the 50’s. After working for many years, the two retired and relocated back to Jamaica, but then, a year or so ago, decided to return to the UK so that they could spend more time with their four daughters, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As we reminisced about the times when wages were £4 a week and a bus fare only a couple of pence, they were a little reluctant to say whether they prefer Jamaica or England, but one thing is clear, they are delighted to be part of a caring and supportive community both in the church and as regular members of the Community Carers group!
Enid and Delbert take part in whatever activities the group offers, including Zumba classes and the occasionally Salsa! Delbert, in his mid-eighties, enjoys the classes and has even developed his own unique dance moves!
Having realised that staying in Jamaica in their later years would mean that they would become more isolated and less independent, Enid and Delbert say that being part of the group “really has made a big impact on our lives” and the two are encouraging others to come along and join the fun. Delbert said:
“The group is so caring and supportive.We play dominoes, we keep ourselves active and there are other things to do, like sewing.”
We also chatted with Leonie who enjoys the dance classes and also use the sewing machines that were purchased with the help of the Ageing Better Fund.
Leonie worked as a care provider at Birmingham City Council and since taking redundancy in 2016 she has been volunteering for 2 days at the local community centre.
“I heard about the group here in Acocks Green and decided to come along as I was beginning to feel isolated and lose my confidence. Coming to this group has made a big difference to me and I am now happier to come out more regularly and meet and socialise with other people. And I love the dancing!”
When asked what Leonie would say to someone who is isolated and may consider joining a neighbourhood activity, she said:
“I would encourage everyone to give it a try, to get out rather than sitting at home by themselves. Everyone here always makes you feel so welcome and they make a big effort to involve you in everything.”
This is a group where everyone is encouraged to take part in as much as they feel confident to join, to keep active and most importantly to have fun and be part of a caring and supportive community!
Community Carers meet each Tuesday from 11:00 – 15:00 at the Church of God of Prophecy, Broad Rd, Acocks Green, B27 7UZ