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New centre launched for Watford’s older residents

2 December 2014
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Age UK Hertfordshire and Sanctuary Housing officially unveiled the revamped Clitheroe Health and Wellbeing Centre at a special event attended by residents, partners and other local guests, including Richard Harrington, MP for Watford.

The new centre in Clitheroe Gardens, South Oxhey, is now up and running for the benefit of older people in the Watford and Three Rivers areas.

Owned by Sanctuary Housing and managed by Age UK Hertfordshire, the centre offers older people a pleasant, social environment in which to make new friends, enjoy a hot meal, and learn new skills

A range of activities are provided at the centre including the daily 10 to 2 club, quizzes and games, computer sessions, art and craft sessions and gentle exercise such as yoga and tai chi. There is information and advice to help residents with worries about benefits and paperwork, alternative therapy sessions, hearing aid and eye clinics.

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, said, “I have long been a supporter of Age UK Hertfordshire’s work across my constituency and have been fortunate enough to have been able to visit some of their 10 to 3 clubs and hear first-hand how the work of this charity benefits our older residents. 

“We were all very concerned earlier this year when we heard that Age UK Hertfordshire had lost its funding from Hertfordshire County Council to run these valuable clubs across Watford and Three Rivers.  I was contacted by many worried clients and their families so I came out to speak to them about their fears. 

“I was greatly encouraged when I was informed that Age UK Hertfordshire had formed a partnership with Sanctuary Housing which would mean that the charity was able to continue to support its service users and provide additional local services.” 

Graham Nolan, head of neighbourhood partnerships, Sanctuary Housing, commented: “I think partnership is key to the success of this project. As well as the bricks and mortar, it’s the people who use the building who make it.

“Once we had built the centre we wanted to make sure it served its purpose for the benefit of the community.  Our partnership with Age UK Hertfordshire was an excellent opportunity that has led us to where we are now.”

Avril, a volunteer, commented, “I find volunteering at the Clitheroe Health and Wellbeing Centre incredibly rewarding and have met some amazing people. Helping people here really has been a two-way road – many of them I view as friends, not just clients.”

The membership of Clitheroe Health and Wellbeing Centre is open to older people living in Watford and Three Rivers.  If you are interested please give the centre a call on 01923 256360 or email clitheroe@ageukherts.org.uk for more details.