Age Concern Godstone started life during World War II as Godstone Old People’s Welfare Committee, to help alleviate some of the hardships suffered by older people during those difficult years. Along with many other such organisations, the name was changed to Age Concern in the early 1970’s.
The type of assistance required and provided may have changed much over the years – soup kitchens and requests for coal no longer occur – but the principle is the same as ever. Age Concern Godstone exists to help and advise the older members of the community with their lives, be it with transport to doctors, to clinics, to hospital out-patients, with up to date advice on age related problems, social activities within the village, occasional financial support or perhaps just a friendly, impartial ear for their troubles.
The Age Concern nationally changed its name to Age UK and although we are not supported by them in any financial way, we can still call upon Age UK’s local office in Guildford for advice or referral Age Concern Godstone decided not to change its name and proudly remains “Age Concern”!
We hold occasional community service activities, such as cream teas or soup & sandwich lunches in the village for the benefit and entertainment of residents. We have a stall at the August Bank Holiday Fete where information leaflets may be collected and advice sought.
Our other activities include:-
“Age Concern Transport Scheme” – We can usually provide a volunteer driver for visits to the local doctors, out-patient appointments at hospitals, chiropody clinics, etc. A minimum donation of £1 per journey is suggested to help offset expenses. Drivers able to help out on a random and occasional basis always required!
Telephone – 01883 742493
“Creative Craft Club” – A place to share your enthusiasms and skills with others, to learn new skills and techniques or just to meet with like-minded ‘crafty’ adults of all ages, for an afternoon of pleasant company. Meetings 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons in Godstone St. Nicholas’ Youth Centre.
Telephone 01883 742965
“Exercise for an Active Retirement” – Wednesday afternoons in term time in the White Hart Barn, Godstone. Exercise to music for both men and women, which can greatly enhance suppleness and mobility, help to prevent falls and give a feeling of well-being. Nothing too serious, with a qualified Tutor specialising in older people!
Telephone 01883 742493
Our Committee meets once a month for about an hour and has close contact with statutory bodies as well as receiving up to date information on all topics concerning with elderly people. We like to encourage new faces onto the Committee, to broaden our ideas and scope and welcome input from anybody who is interested in the welfare of older people.
Telephone – Chairman 01883 742708
Hon.Sec. – 01883 742625