Drop-in social club
The Tuesday Social Club is a Church based organisation for isolated and vulnerable individuals. The Club is an inclusive group and welcomes anyone from aged 18 to 80 years old. The Club provides support to men and women who are socially isolated through long-term unemployment, mental health problems, learning disabilities and physical and/or sensory impairments.
In addition to a programme of recreational and educational activities, the aim of the club is to provide a place where people feel they belong, can develop friendships, find emotional support, and something to do to overcome the chronic isolation that service users have experienced.
Activities are designed to encourage shared ownership of the project and provide ways for members to contribute to the local community.
The Club provides a nutritious meal, activities, companionship and support. A substantial two-course lunch, as well as free refreshments are provided in the community hall. Activities available include snooker (full size table), table tennis, crafts, computer access and table top games such as draughts, dominos and cards. We also provide a washing machine and tumble dryer for club users. There is a minimal cost for this.
Regular planning meetings are held, encouraging all members to have their say. The variety of activities aims to have a positive impact on members’ self esteem, health and wellbeing. Visitors and members have commented about the positive atmosphere of the Club. There is a real feeling of acceptance and belonging. Over time, the Club ‘ethos’ has echoed in relationships between Club members. Examples include members actively seeking to encourage each
other. Members also support a charity in India called ASHA (http://ashaindia.org) by giving a 30p donation for ‘seconds’ at mealtime.
Though primarily a local project, the Club involves people from 9 different
areas of the city including areas of Sheffield with a significant number of
people with long-term unemployment. The organisation has had an increasing number of referrals from other project agencies and local GPs.
Lunch costs 75p, the first visit is free
The Club is held in St Timothy's Community Hall, S10 (Tuesdays).