It is not often that the work of our church/charity, Mearns Kirk Helping Hands, receives national praise but an Early Day Motion at the Houses of Parliament by our local Member of Parliament just did that. On 13th of May this year the following motion was tabled and supported that this House:
“applauds the fantastic Work of the Trustees of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands in the creation and support for the Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia which meets in Mearns Kirk Halls in Newton Mearns and offers short respite for carers who are able to take valuable time out for themselves; recognises that the club aims to offer a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for people diagnosed with dementia, where they can share lunch and afternoon tea and participate in activities, such as crafting or games, designed to encourage participation and engagement with others, and enjoy entertainments, usually musical, that allow members to take part in a way that suits them, and also undertake trips to favourite seaside towns or local places of interest; notes that the club has adapted to the restrictions imposed during the COVID 19 outbreak by moving its activities online so that members can be meet and engage with others, and records its best wishes to club leader, Isobel Dawson, and her fellow volunteers for when the club is able to return to normal operation and assist more people living with dementia”.
It’s great to say that The Lunch Club is now up and running back at the church hall but still operating to strict COVID 19 social distancing rules and all is going well.
Well done, Isobel, your great team of volunteers and great support from Vicky and Laura.