Lifeline day centre at risk of closure after 40 years

PUBLISHED: 05:59 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:33 21 July 2017

People at the Memory Cafe at Jubilee Day Centre in Portishead..

People at the Memory Cafe at Jubilee Day Centre in Portishead..


A day care centre which has been providing support to Portishead’s elderly and disabled people for four decades is at risk of closure.

Portishead Jubilee Club operates from the Jubilee Hall in Slade Road, and is this year celebrating its 40th year of helping people in the town.

The group, which is a registered charity, provides meals, trips and other social opportunities for people who might otherwise struggle to find them.

Its team of helpers has been headed by Mike Burt for more than 20 years – but Mike is now 82 years old, and is keen to find some new blood to help.

So far, though, that search is proving something of a challenge – yet if nobody comes forward, Mike says the club is ‘at risk of closure’.

He told the Times: “Portishead Jubilee Club this year celebrates 40 years of providing support to elderly, lonely or housebound folk, meeting every Wednesday throughout the year.

“Up to 18 members are given a fun day together by sharing in games, quizzes, slideshows and more, together with sharing a hot communal meal.

“A number of summer outings and a Christmas lunch are provided, all at a modest charge.

“All of these activities are made possible through the dedication of a team of voluntary helpers who collect members from their homes, organise activities and provide the meals.

“I enjoy my role, but want to hand over the reins to a younger person in the next two years, so that the club can continue to provide this much-valued service to our community.

“Is there someone out there, with a love for helping and encouraging older folk, who thinks they might pick up the lead role over this period?”

The group also has some vacancies for new members who would enjoy some company and a meal together once a week.

They need to have sufficient mobility to be able to get from a wheelchair into a car, and to live within a two-mile radius of the hall.

If you are interested in finding out more about the club, signing up, or volunteering your time and energy to help, you can contact Mike on 01275 847857.

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