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Chit chatting success in Quedgeley

Published
19.02.2016

Nearly two years after being set up 'Chit Chat' drop-ins for elderly residents in Quedgeley are still going strong.

With around 500 over 75s living in Quedgeley and Kingsway the group was set up in 2014 with funding from Gloucestershire County Council's Active Together grant scheme.

Based at Quedgeley's St James' Church, the group received £1,820 towards set-up costs to give elderly people in the local community the opportunity to socialise, make friends and learn new skills.

Chit Chat is still held every Thursday morning in the church from 10am until 12noon with a wide range of activities on offer, including local speakers, gentle exercise, music, as well as arts and crafts.

Father John Ward, rector of St James' Church said, "Everyone is welcome and you don't have to come to church to join us! There's a wide range of things to do. We have newspapers to read, puzzles and board games. There are always refreshments available and plenty of people to 'chat' to. Everyone is very friendly and there is always plenty of laughter."

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health said, "We've been supporting community groups all over the county with our Active Together funding for nearly two years now. Chit Chat was the first group to be awarded money from this scheme so I'm delighted to hear that it's still running and it's become such a success."

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, county councillor for Quedgeley, said: "Encouraging our older people to live independent and fulfilling lives is very important and these drop-ins are a great example of how the community know what's needed in its area and how the county council can help make it happen."

For more information on the Active Together sport and physical activity grant scheme, and to see the variety of projects which the county council has supported, please visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/activetogether.

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