Sad Times and Glad Times!
A sad time and a glad time for CREST.
First the sad bit. Since 2002, CREST has been operating its CREST Clubs Disability and Dementia Service at Gainsfield Court extra-care home in Leytonstone. However, resulting from changes to the way this is funded, we had no option other than to close this provision last week. Over the past 12 years many hundreds of older people have benefited from the care and attention provided by our team of staff and volunteers.
Now the glad bit. The same week our Chingford provision moved from South Chingford Methodist Church in to a new home inside the Northern Resource Hub, formerly the old South Chingford Library. Our Wednesday provision in Chingford is now almost at capacity and so, as well as the change in base, we were able to open a second day on Fridays also at the Resource Hub.
CREST Clubs offer a day’s stimulating activities, exercise and education for older people with a disability and/or dementia. And all in a safe, secure and caring environment. Transport is provided, as is a cooked lunch. CREST is committed to providing a day service which will enable and support people to socialise, to learn new skills, to become more active and to live healthier, more independent lives. In doing so, we are discreetly monitoring the health and welfare of particularly vulnerable people. But overall, we are committed to providing a service that is full of fun and laughter and that makes a very real difference to people’s lives.
Most afternoons a guest speaker attends bringing older people and volunteers together for an afternoon of stories, information, singing, laughter and lively conversation. We also aim to build links with local communities and schools promoting inter-generational relationships and helping to foster relationships between older group members, volunteers and the wider community. For further information, go to http://crestclub.org.uk/