Countrymen Club Helps Older People and Those with Dementia

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The Road Farm Countryways CIC runs a fortnightly Countrymen’s Club, which is part of the national Countrymen UK Network. The purpose of the Club is to enhance the health and wellbeing of older people in our local community by bringing together the care of the land, environment and animals with people.

The Countrymen Club aims to help those gentlemen aged 55+ who have always enjoyed outdoor interests and want to remain involved in the countryside but are finding it difficult to get out. They may be isolated and lonely or have various degrees of life-limiting health problems, for example having had a stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis, anxiety or depression. The Countrymen Club plugs a gap as there is a distinct lack of practical, outdoor day care opportunities for men.

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Wendy Gray, Co-Founder of Road Farm Countryways CIC

“Funding from the Clare Foundation not only boosted our confidence as Countryways CIC, but enabled us to concentrate properly on delivering an excellent series of engaging meetings for our Countrymen’s Club, always with great comradery, stimulus and conversation.  Our quorum varies considerably in physical and mental health, but it may for some be their last happy outdoor social meetings.  This also impacts close family members, who so desire their loved ones to remain contented. Thank you for helping.”

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