The Senior Centre’s main objective is to offer and promote social opportunities for the residents of Castlemilk and its surrounding areas – considering itself to be a ‘youth club for the over 55s’! They aim to ensure that more independent older adults within the community can continue to live at home and improve their social connections and relationships with their peers.
The Senior Centre’s mission statement –
“Provide an accessible facility in which we will promote the social
inclusion of elderly people in the Castlemilk area, by reducing
isolation, poverty, poor mental and physical health and poor diet,
and by providing and promoting opportunities for older people to
live an active, fulfilling and useful life within their community.”
They run a busy programme throughout the year offering classes, activities, trips, holidays and parties. The Senior Centre, itself, was refurbished in 2014 and offers a wide range of activities each week and has lots of resources for members to access and use.
These include a cafe, games/tv room, computer suite and a library for members to use five days a week. An I.T. tutor is available four days a week to help with technical issues or to give one-on-one lessons on the basics of how to use a computer and other devices like phones and tablets.
They also have a podiatry service and beauty therapies available at a reduced rate on alternating Wednesdays. Once a month, themed parties are held in the centre – offering members lunch, entertainment and games for £5.
Transport is provided to and from the centre on accessible minibuses for over 30 members who would otherwise not be able to attend. Once in the Centre, members are encouraged to be independent and participate in classes, activities and use the café at their leisure. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to offer guidance and information.
While they are not a care provider, they can suggest or contact partner organisations to those who may benefit.
The Senior Centre is an integral part of the community and of daily life for more than 350 members and acts as a vital lifeline to the majority who attend the Centre.
For further information, contact:
The Senior Centre
61 Dougrie Drive