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Age Concern – Crosby

Crosby’s Soroptimists link with Age Concern, Crosby, to support older people’s mental well-being.

Age Concern, Crosby (part of the charity Age UK) is integral to SI Crosby’s Programme Action ‘mix’. The Soroptimists are volunteer helpers at a variety of events and are represented on the charity’s organising committee.

During the current pandemic the Soroptimists have managed to continue supporting the charity. Members have volunteered to be ‘phone buddies’ for isolated people and have also assisted with Age Concern’s Christmas parcels.

Until Covid-19, members took their turn cooking and serving at the charity’s Luncheon Club. This was a weekly event for people over the age of 70 who live on their own and who value the opportunity of lively conversation over a shared meal.

Crosby’s Soroptimists were involved with Crosby Old People’s Welfare, as it was previously known, at the founding the organisation in 1952. Peg Malley, a member of SI Crosby, was part of the original committee, and held the post of Treasurer for 40 years.

Due to Covid-19, Age Concern, Crosby’s usual face-to-face activities and services are suspended. However, it remains a centre of information and advice on matters of particular interest to older people. The charity relies heavily on donations, especially as grants are now much more difficult to obtain.