Within the context of our Mission Statement we seek to continuously develop, as resources are available, an expanding range of activities that will integrate and be appropriate for both frail and active older people who may feel isolated in society. We include a wide section of the local community in voluntary service, channelling their diverse skills and interests in meaningful activity to enrich the lives of more frail older people, who remain independent in their own homes with the help of community care agencies. Everyone coming to the Centre therefore gains from being involved.
Our work is based around a warm, welcoming and safe weekday facility that provides a place for companionship, support, a nutritious mid-day meal and daily activities. We develop other projects from this base that engage, inspire and enrich the lives of all who are involved. Crucially, we seek to be responsive to the needs and informed choices of Centre members in the delivery and development of the Centre’s services. Pastoral care and support are essential parts of our work at the Centre and, where appropriate, continue through visits to members at hospital and home.
In the Centre
Activities include concerts, visits of local school choirs, development of art based projects, carpet bowls, table top games, quizzes and reminiscence. We also offer occasions for services of Christian worship and prayer with and for people.
We would like to develop what we do even further by exploring partnership activities with other agencies. We are developing a network of contacts and working relationships with other organisations. We will continue to develop appropriate ways of offering spiritual direction, encouragement and pastoral support to all coming to the Centre. We wish to be innovative as we respond to the needs and aspirations of our members, and provide challenge to investigate unexplored vistas of experience.
As well as helping older people, involvement with the Centre will enhance the lives of younger people not working, students wanting voluntary work and all manner of people seeking meaningful activity and /or therapy through voluntary work (e.g. those recently retired, people on mental health rehabilitation programmes). Protection of vulnerable adults will remain paramount, and safe appointment procedures would be required of all paid and volunteer staff.
All in all, we would like to see St. Martin’s Centre develop as a lively, welcoming and open section of the community of St. Martin’s Church, where all manner of people benefit by being involved in providing and receiving meaningful, quality, inspiring and relevant services and activities for older people.