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Salvation Army tackles isolation in Bourne with thriving social group




A church has big plans to continue helping vulnerable and isolated people.

The Salvation Army’s Get Connected group got off to a flying start for the new year with older people relishing the opportunity to meet up with friends.

The weekly group was set up by ministers Wendy and Kevin Brown two years ago to provide a safe place for people who live alone to socialise.

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Captain Wendy Brown and Heather Culshaw (6411965) Maureen Bullimore, Coral Haslet and Mary Darnes knitting blankets for care homes (6411974) Sue Farrell, Richard Smith and Vera Derbyshire play Scrabble (6411977) Kathleen Fong with dog Gracie (6411985) Sarah Rieve provides entertainment on her keyboard (6411990)

It became so popular the church has looked at new ways to support the community and will now launch groups for children and people with learning disabilities and dementia.

Captain Wendy Brown said: “Get Connected is somewhere for people to relax and meet new people. They can do as much or as little as they want and they love it.

“There are lots of people in our community with learning disabilities and dementia who we can help too.”

The Musicman Project starts next week. The monthly workshop for adults with learning disabilities is free but places must be booked. It starts on Thursday, January 17 from 10.30am until 12pm.

A children’s art school starts on Saturday, January 19 from 1-2pm for primary school children and 2-3pm for secondary school pupils.

To book a place email heather.culshaw@salvationarmy.org.uk

Volunteers also hope to run Singing By Heart sessions at the church for people with dementia following the success of sessions in care homes.

Get Connected runs at Bourne Salvation Army on Tuesdays from 1.30pm until 4pm. Admission is £1.

Anyone who wants to join a group or volunteer can call Kevin and Wendy Brown on 01778 393459.



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