Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Over-50s in Shepherd's Bush urged to have more fun

Members of Hammersmith & Fulham Circle, a community membership organisation for the over 50’s, have made New Year’s resolutions to enjoy life and do more, not less, in 2011. They’re encouraging everybody to make resolutions that they’ll want to keep!

Lucile joined the campaign with her New Year’s resolution to “miss the ten o’clock news some nights, and live it up a little in 2011.” Another Circle member, Saffina, says that her kind of resolution is to “be more social and meet new people.” Members like Ron “want to enjoy life by getting out and about and helping other people to do the same.”

According to research, around 75% of New Year’s resolutions are ditched by Valentine’s Day, and these are usually the same old ones that we all make and never keep. Given most of the news these days is about cold winter weather and spending cuts, it is perhaps no wonder people are looking to do more of what makes them happy.

Other residents are invited to join Circle members by contributing their resolutions online via Hammersmith & Fulham Circle’s website, by calling their free phone number on 0800 112 3448 or via twitter using #circle2011

Hammersmith & Fulham Circle is a membership organisation that connects people over the age of 50 who want to share interests and make the most of what’s on locally.

Members can also get help with small jobs like DIY, gardening or technology through their reliable Neighbourhood Helpers - local people who want to share their talents and skills.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is seed funding the Circle over its first three years, so full credit to them for taking a punt on this.

As a social enterprise, Hammersmith & Fulham Circle will re-invest any profits into the community it serves, and from everything I've heard about this project it sounds like an excellent initiative so expect to hear more from me about it. I know quite a large proportion of readers may well be interested in joining H&F Circle, so do let me know how it goes.

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