Club members were delighted with this generous gesture of giving and caring. The Young at Heart club co-founders Lloyd and Diana expressed their sincere thanks that their club for older people was selected to receive such kindness.
The Young at Heart Club, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at tackling loneliness among older people in Mid Devon, has been named the winner of Taylor Wimpey Exeter’s Community Trust initiative.
The campaign launched in April and offered a £1,000 donation to a charitable organisation or community group which was deemed most deserving of the money.
A total of 14 local good causes were nominated for the funding by members of the public and the Young at Heart Club was selected as the winner by Taylor Wimpey, which is building new homes at Rackenford Meadow in Tiverton.
Lloyd Yorke, Chairman of the Young at Heart Club, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient of the Community Trust grant and on behalf of our committee, staff and volunteers I would like to express our sincere thanks to Taylor Wimpey for this fantastic cash boost – and of course to everyone who nominated the Young at Heart Club in the competition.
“We all work very hard to help alleviate the debilitating effects that loneliness can bring to older people and £1,000 will go a long way to help us benefit the community of Tiverton and surrounding area. We will be opening a new club in Tiverton shortly and this money will enable us to equip the premises to a high standard and hence mirror the successful format we currently have at the Burlescombe Community Hall.”
Clare Brimble, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, says: “Our Community Trust initiative generated a lot of interest locally and we’re absolutely delighted to name the Young at Heart Club as the beneficiary of the funding.
“The club provides a wonderful service for so many older people in the area and we’re thrilled that with our help it will be able to expand its services into Tiverton itself.
“We’d like to thank all the people who made nominations on behalf of the wealth of charitable organisations and community groups that are doing such valuable work in the Tiverton area.”
The “Young at Heart Club” celebrated its
4th Annual Open Day
Lloyd Yorke (Chairman) said “It was our most successful event yet! Everyone enjoyed lots of Cake and Refreshments and watched a 35-minute film of the variety of activities our club members have enjoyed over the past 12 months. We are proud to provide one of the most affordable and enjoyable Day Services in the region”.
‘Cinema Experience for club members’
Members of the “Young at Heart Club” (a club for the over 60’s) are now benefitting from a ‘Cinema Experience’ in addition to the many activities they already receive each week.
The equipment was purchased thanks to funding from Devon and Somerset councillors and the Norman Family Trust. The Blu-ray/DVD player, DLP/3D Projector, 6 speaker 30 watt surround sound speakers plus a massive 10 feet screen provide the perfect cinema experience for those people who would not normally be able to get to their local cinema or feel anxious about mixing with large groups. The advantage is that members can relax and enjoy the film in a lovely spacious, safe building with people of the same age group. The club is fully licenced to show old and new film releases. “We are proud to be able to offer such a fantastic experience for our members, this enables us to add yet another unique activity to our clubs day service.”, said Lloyd Yorke (Chairman).
The first showing at our launch was greeted with a rapturous round of applause at the end. One club member commented “I can’t believe how good the quality was, it was just like being at the cinema…when do we have the next show?”
The equipment will also allow the club to invite guest speakers and provide educational and reminiscence opportunities.
The Young at Heart Club Chairman and Treasurer attended the Devon Community Foundations 20th Birthday celebration at Exeter Cathedral. It was a great evening in lovely surroundings. We were proud to be one of the many community groups represented.
We would like to thank our team of volunteers for their amazing contribution which ensures our club continues to grow and offer such fantastic activities for our older members of society.
The Young at Heart Club for the over 60’s celebrated its second annual event at the Burlescombe Community Hall. Members and Carers enjoyed cakes made by the club founder Diana who has a reputation for quality cooking and has won a World Gold Medal in Sugar Craft. The Chairman Lloyd Yorke gave a speech to thank the hard work and help from volunteers and updated members on some exciting new activities the club have planned for the next 12 months. Last year the club raised funds to purchase state of the art equipment to provide a Cinema Experience and they are fully licenced to show films both new and old, on a huge 10 feet screen with a 6 speaker surround sound cinema system. This is just one of the 30 or so activities provided by this “modern club for older people”.
The Young at Heart Club has seen the attendances double in the past 18 months and attracts older people living in Tiverton, Cullompton, and Wellington. The club runs on Mondays and Fridays 9:30am to 2:45pm and includes a delicious nutritious two course lunch. The charge for the day is only £15.00p, this low price is achievable because of the clubs “not-for-profit” status.
The Young At Heart Club received a donation from McCarthy and Stone, following an appeal in March for Wellington charities to come forward for donations.
The club, which celebrated its first birthday earlier this year, received the ‘lifeline’ donation to subsidise the cost of transport to bring its members to the club.
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The “Young at Heart Club” have welcomed a donation from the Devon Community Foundation of £2000.00. The cash will be used to support vulnerable older people, their Carers and family members, by providing transport to the club offering warm meals, activities and socialising opportunities to help reduce isolation and keep people safe and well this winter.
Muriel a member of the club from Wellington said, “Attending the Young at Heart club is wonderful, so stimulating especially for the older people who can’t drive and are provided with transport here. All the games are good, a kind of occupational therapy and we enjoy talking to each other because sometimes people can go weeks without meeting anyone especially during the colder winter months. It takes courage to make the first move to come but it’s definitely worth it”.
Laura Hewitt, Marketing Manager of the Devon Community Foundation added “It’s so brilliant that generous donors have helped us build this fund for people like Muriel to have a happier winter”.
Lloyd Yorke the club Chairman said “Our club is strictly not-for-profit and are dependent upon donations and grants to enable us to provide a valuable service to vulnerable older people in our community. This donation from DCF will allow us to keep our transport costs to an affordable level. This means older people who live in Wellington, Taunton, Tiverton, Cullompton and surrounding villages can benefit from a low price return trip to our club. Our day rate is one of the lowest in our region. We believe that Day Services should be affordable to all. Our club provides a fun-filled day for people to make new friends and enjoy activities and a two course lunch plus refreshments throughout the day”.
Since our launch 12 months ago the number of attendances to our club has risen from just 4.... to currently nearly 30 per week! We are one of the fastest growing clubs in the South West offering Day Services for the over 60's! We believe it is down to the variety of activities we offer and the friendliness within the club which has encouraged others to spread the word about how fantastic it is to be a member. We are a small not-for-profit club, aiming to provide fun and opportunities to socialise, which is needed to help lonely and isolated older people.
Club members welcomed a visit from the Conservative Party candidate for Taunton Deane . Rebecca Pow joined in with some of our fun activities and spent time talking to members. You can read more about her visit via her website link www.rebeccapow.org.uk/news/elderly-club-young-heart
Lloyd and Diana Yorke (club co-founders) appeared on 10Radio and had a live interview with radio presenter Pauline Homeshaw (pictured on right). They discussed the great work that the club does and thanked those people who have helped ensure the clubs growth.
Members of the Young at Heart Club enjoyed a fun day out at the Golf Driving Range in Sampford Peverell this month. Some had never hit a golf ball in their lives before but they all gave it a go and with some very impressive results.
The Young at Heart Club is a modern club for older people of all backgrounds and we like to push the boundaries when it comes to activities.
Members of the Young at Heart Club were treated to an informative and educational talk from Holly Fivian (Bluebird Care). The main theme was "keeping warm and fit" throughout the long cold winter months. Members were also handed a goody bag with lots of useful information. We thank Holly for her excellent talk and we look forward to welcoming her to our club again in the near future.
Have you seen our recent press coverage? We have had information about our club published in the Tiverton and Culm Valley Gazette, Wellington Weekly, and Mid Devon Star. We thank the papers editors and reporters for taking the time to publish the article.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our first Carers Event of 2014. The reason for the event was to let family and carers know the activities we provide for their loved ones whilst in our care. We are so pleased with the feedback and positive comments from the carers who attended our Tea Party on 9th October 2014.To read some comments about our club click here.
We are proud and delighted to welcome more fund raisers to support our cause this month. Easyfundraising is the easiest way to contribute to our cause. You simply purchase your goods on-line in the normal way and the retailer rewards our cause with a small donation. We are a "not for profit" club and depend upon the kindness and generosity of the general public to keep our club moving forward.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to join EasyFundraising this month!
You are already starting to raise funds for our club and the proceeds will go towards purchasing new entertainment equipment for our club members. We are hoping to raise enough money to purchase projectors and Audio equipment for the club, and every penny helps!
Please remember to "sign-in" to your Easyfundraising account before you start shopping and do your on-line shopping within the easyfundraising window, or else we may not benefit from your kind intentions!
We are delighted to announce the successful launch of our Monday "Young at heart club". We welcomed many new members to our club. They all enjoyed some fantastic games.
Diana Yorke kindly showed the members how to create their own book marks using artist paper and pressed leaves. These were then laminated to prevent any damage. All of our members took home two decorated bookmarks that they designed themselves, which was a personal memento of their day at the club
The room was full of the sound of laughter as we played Skittles, Draughts, Dominoes, the conveyor belt game (unique to our club) etc.,
They enjoyed a nutritious Two Course lunch and plenty of refreshments!
Quotation from one of our new members.
"This has been such a great day, I can't wait to come here again!"
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We are pleased to announce that we are now registered as a "Cause" you can support through Easyfundraising. See our Fundraising page for more information. We value your support and every penny will be spent on providing entertainment for the older people of our community.
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