Thursday, 22 March 2018

Henley Probus Club

AT the July meeting our speaker was Ruth Swift of Oxfordshire Age UK, who gave

AT the July meeting our speaker was Ruth Swift of Oxfordshire Age UK, who gave us an appropriate and enlightening talk on the organisation, aims and achievements of the local branch.

Age UK is an amalgamation of the former Age Concern and Help the Aged charities and its aim is to help the over-50s continue living “life to the full“ and to give support to their carers.

Surprisingly, only one per cent of the area funding comes from the national headquarters of Age UK while more than 80 per cent of the charity‘s work is funded by local government.

Within the area it has established a community information network designed to put people in touch with those groups and organisations that can help with personal problems, be they physical, financial or emotional.

This includes problems such as reduced mobility or advice on council tax, utility bills, insurance, funeral plans, care fees, benefits, grants and entitlements etc.

The emotional challenges covered include bereavement counselling, dementia support and carers‘ support.

Ruth was warmly thanked for her talk by the members who were amazed at the amount of help and information available through a simple phone call (on 0345 450 1276) or a visit to the area website, /oxfordshire

There are, of course, similar groups in the surrounding counties.

At our next meeting on August 11 at Badgemore Park Golf Club, our speaker will be Chris Wren relating the story of the Battle of Britain bunker at Uxbridge from where the battle was directed.

Potential new members would be most welcome to join us at the meeting and lunch afterwards. Membership is open to retired or semi-retired men from the Henley area.

For more information, visit www.henleyprobusclub.word

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