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Re-engage / Age Concern in Crosby

Crosby’s Soroptimists can be proud of their many decades of service to the older members of our local community.

Our club’s latest link is through Re-engage, Crosby. This charity aims to provide life-enhancing social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.

It does this through a weekly lunch club at Waterloo United Free Church and through ‘Flicks and Friends’, a monthly film screening at the Plaza Cinema. Soroptimists play a key role in both activities.

Members provide a team on a four-weekly rota to the lunch club, where older people enjoy a cooked meal and the opportunity to enjoy lively conversation and make new friendships. There is always the possibility of special celebrations, too, such as the Coronation and Christmas.

We also volunteer at ‘Flicks and Friends’, and support Re-engage staff with local knowledge and advice.

Since 2021 Re-engage – a national charity – has partnered with Age Concern, Crosby. This has enabled long-established valuable work with older people in the community to continue – and our club to maintain this community service in our Programme Action ‘mix’.

During the Covid-19 pandemic members volunteered to be phone buddies for isolated older people.  We also helped to make up and deliver Christmas parcels to them to bring some festive cheer during what was a very bleak period.

SI Crosby was involved with Age Concern’s predecessor – Crosby Old People’s Welfare – from its inception in 1952. Soroptimist Peg Malley was part of the founding committee and was treasurer for 40 years.