When Sutton Seniors’ Forum started in 1995 it met at the Civic Offices in Throwley Way. Since then, Forum meetings have been held at Granfers, the Thomas Wall Centre and the Salvation Army Hall. From April 2019, please remember that the Forum meetings will return to the Civic Offices.
In 2006 SSF were honoured to be the first forum for the elderly to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The relevant crown is displayed on all our paperwork.
Since vacating their office at Granfers, SSF have been fortunate in obtaining shared office space at Sutton Lodge Day Centre. There we held one of our recent projects which is to relieve the loneliness experienced by many elderly people living alone and, in some cases, seeing no family or friends from one week to another. The first undertaking was the Connect Tea, held on two Sunday afternoons a month at Sutton Lodge. This was followed a year or so later by a Sunday Brunch, which takes the form of a cooked meal. Those attending have, over the months, formed firm friendships; they really look forward to Brunch Sundays. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals and enjoy listening to the guests relating events from their earlier days.
SSF would welcome more people to help and, if any of you can, or you know of anyone willing to give their time occasionally for this project, please contact the SSF committee. SSF are able to bring several guests by using the Sutton Lodge bus and driver, but car drivers who can help with transport are also needed.