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Working with older people in Dundee since 1947 Dundee Age Concern is for everyone - growing old is part of life


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Fiveways Day Centre, 2-4 Caird Avenue, Dundee DD3 8AW Tel: 01382-825624 Email: info@dundeeageconcern.com www.dundeeageconcern.com Opening times: 10.00am to 03.30pm Our Charity was founded in 1947 as Dundee Old People’s Liaison Committee; this committee provided the catalyst to allow many of the cities Churches develop their own lunch clubs centred around caring for the elderly. Our charity finally established itself as a full-time lunch club at its current location in the ‘Fiveways’ centre in 1959. The centre has gone through several transformations over the years up to its current guise as a day service in a purpose built, two story facility with capacity to support up to 40 clients at any one time.

A local charity operating in Dundee since 1947


About us Why do we do it? We care, we care about the elderly and socially isolated across Dundee; we deal in happiness, we provide a sense of purpose and belonging, of safety, dignity and respect to everyone who uses our service. Dundee Age Concern is a small independent not for profit charity and our staff team represent our values and purpose to meet the needs of the elderly residents across Dundee. At present we have over 110 clients registered with the ‘Fiveways’ centre with over 600 visits per month. A large number of our clientele are over the age of 80 and living with dementia, cancer, arthritis and or difficulties with mobility. All of the aforementioned can begin to lead to social isolation amongst the elderly, which has an effect on the individual’s willingness to eat properly and so begins a downward spiral in health and well-being. Our centre allows the opportunity to meet new friends, maintain social relationships and just as important it affords much needed respite to family and carers.

We have a resident chef and small, but industrious, kitchen which produces a nourishing three course lunch for all our clients. We find that our clients are more inclined to eat in a social setting with friends and as such we are able to ensure they are receiving at least one nutritious, filling, hot meal during the day. This also affords staff members to monitor any changes in eating habits or cognitive slips, which may be an indication of other underlying health conditions. We record this information on our client care files and share this with family and carers to allow early medical intervention should it be required.


Our Service Although we are not a ‘care service’ we are registered with the Care Inspectorate, OSCR and the SSSC to provide assurance, compliance and transparency for our Charity. At the centre we provide numerous activities to cater for all abilities and interests. There are table-top activities such as arts and crafts, dominos, draughts, crosswords, puzzles, knitting, crocheting etc. We have music and dancing, carpet bowls, Boccia and chair aerobics for those that are a bit more energetic. The clients also enjoy a movie afternoon complete with popcorn and hot dogs. During the summer months we encourage the clients to spend time in the lovely garden areas. Staff like to get the clients involved in planting the garden for the coming year. There are various flowers, strawberry shrubs and tomatoes for the greenhouse and for those that are unable to manage this, staff will bring pots, seeds and compost to the table to allow clients to get involved with their garden. Out with the centre we arrange client outings to local areas of interest, a nice lunch with each other in a different setting and at Christmas they love a trip to the pantomime and a good party. To support our clients to maintain their independence for as long as possible, we have engaged with the Care Inspectorate led Care About Physical Activity programme. This encourages our elderly to remain as active as possible through small changes to routines in the centre. This encourages movement and to step away from a risk averse environment where we end up taking away their independence through kindness.


Activities and 70+ years providing a service

Support us

Dundee Age Concern were presented with a very special award at a reception in the Scottish Parliament on 2nd of October to celebrate 75 years of national and local people’s groups and organisations in Scotland. The award was given to only 4 organisations who Age Scotland had selected as outstanding older people’s organisations. Well done all who are or have been part of the great service provided by Dundee Age Concern over the 70 plus years of the organisation.

Become a Board Member of Dundee Age Concern - contact the Manager 01382-825624

Staff and volunteers Our team is made up of a mixture of 11 part time paid staff, 1 sessional worker and 12 brilliant volunteers. With a collective effort, the team at the ‘Fiveways centre’ strive to do their utmost to ensure our elderly are given as much opportunity as possible to live a full and rewarding life in their twilight years.

You can support us in a number of ways:

Become a volunteer - contact the Manager 01382-825624 Making a donation/help with fundraising: (See donate now section on our website) Become a Friend of Dundee Age Concern – Contact Sue Powrie at suepowrie@msn.com If you know anyone who would benefit from attending our day centre please contact our senior manager on 01382-825624


Get Involved

Give a demonstration

The overall responsibility for the Charity sits with our board of trustees. The Board have a variety of backgrounds, local Counsellor, NHS Mental Health and dementia, business management, the Fire Service and IT. We are always keen to attract volunteers who may have knowledge and expertise in, amongst other skills, health and social care, buildings maintenance and finance administration.

• Flower arranging • Planting • Drawing • Painting • Card-making • Crocheting • Baking • Weaving

Fundraising Get involved in fundraising, please contact the Manager, The Manager 01382-825624

Volunteer Can you give some of your time – 2 hours? 20 hours a week? Want something to do during the Summer holidays or longer? We’ll be glad to see you – and so will our clients! If you want to volunteer to gain work experience or to share your existing skills with others, we have a wide selection of volunteering vacancies.

Facilitate

• Dominoes • Card games • Reminiscing groups • Creative writing • Dancing • Singing groups • Boccia • Carpet bowls Come and get involved, you’d be surprised how much fun you will have and I guarantee you will meet some of life’s richest characters.


Recent Events Massive Thank you to the ladies from R & J Thera-pony for bringing Bella and Rosie into the centre to meet our clients. Everyone had a wonderful time meeting the gorgeous ponies, such a special treat for all. R & J Thera-pony provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy using specially trained miniature Shetland ponies to help increase the self-esteem and mental well-being of both adults and children. Their goal is to help others make meaningful life improvements including physical, educational, mental and motivational.


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Dundee Age Concern Centre Fiveways Day Centre, 2-4 Caird Avenue, Dundee DD3 8AW Tel: 01382-825624 Opening times: 10.00am to 03.30pm www.dundeeageconcern.com Contact Us administrator@dundeeageconcern.com General enquiries, Finance, Funding, Admin coordinator@dundeeageconcern.com Client application request/information Enquiries regarding clients manager@dundeeageconcern.com Building, Board Members, Staffing, Training, info@dundeeageconcern.com Board member application information. General enquiries

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