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PramaLIFE

"A heart for our community"

Age Concern Poole (ACP) was a local organisation which provided helpful services for many of the elderly residents in Poole. They operated for over 30 years and, in that time; they have helped to improve the lives of many elderly and vulnerable people in the area.  In 2015, the Trustees of ACP retired and the process of handing over responsibility for the activites and services to Prama began

PramaLIFE is our community outreach programme which includes Age Concern Poole, the Barrington Centre in Ferndown,  our network of community shops, dementia and age friendly clubs, chaplaincy and befriending, carers’ support groups, local community activities and intergenerational programmes.

The local community is a vital part of the care you need to maintain your independence at home. While your carer will support and advise on all aspects of your domestic situation, Prama feels it’s really important to maintain links to the outside world too. 

We run a wide range of social clubs, some focussing on specific hobbies like gardening, sporting memories or keep fit, some supporting those living with dementia, others simply a space where you can natter over coffee!  We can also provide lifts to the GP or a social trip out with others on our minibus.  Our staff and volunteers are a critical link to those living with vulnerability or isolation.  

Prama isn’t just about help at home, it can open the door to a whole new circle of friends who you can see regularly at our various clubs and outings. We’d love you to get involved.

Age Concern Poole (ACP) was a local organisation which provided helpful services for many of the elderly residents in Poole. They operated for over 30 years and, in that time; they have helped to improve the lives of many elderly and vulnerable people in the area.  In 2015, the Trustees of ACP retired and the process of handing over responsibility for the activites and services to Prama began.  Prama now wholly run these as Prama Plus Poole (PPP).

One of the very popular services PPP provides is the Buss Bus!  A new minibus driven by volunteer drivers and available for hire for short trips or day trips.  To hire the 14 seater with driver, to include the first 20 miles is £50.00. All miles over 20 will be charged at £1.20 per mile along with the £50:00 stated.

Another of the services PP offer are the “Pop-Ins” which are located in various churches, halls and homes in the district. These sessions allow for elderly residents to congregate in a safe, friendly environment where they can socialise and take part in a number of fun activities.

The amazing staff (comprised mainly of volunteers) organise a variety of different events including parties, lunches and bingo sessions for the residents on a weekly basis. Tea and biscuits are always available in abundance and they also organise a Christmas lunch every year to celebrate the festive season.

The pop-ins provide a perfect setting for residents to catch up with one another and discuss memories, and PPP's team are always around to lend a helpful hand should they be needed.

Each session requires just a small entry fee; however, there are no membership or subscription charges required for any of the pop-ins as they are not intended to be a club. As a result, residents do not face any form of obligation and they may attend as many or as few pop-ins as they wish.

If you would like to know more call us on 01202 666195. 

Pop-ins operate in the following locations;

  • Longfleet United Reformed Church Hall  -  Wednesday 2pm – 4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Skinner Street United Reformed Church Hall  -  Tuesday  2pm – 4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Ralph Jessop Court, Wyvern Close – Parkstone  -  Monday 2pm – 4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Sherrin Close – Oakdale  - Wednesday  2pm – 4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Old Rope Walk Community Hall – Hamworthy  Second Monday of every month 10am – 12:30pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Bob Hann House Shilito Road – Parkstone  - Thursday 2pm  -  4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Christopher Crescent – Fleetsbridge  -  Wednesday  2pm -  4pm  tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Selby Close – Broadstone  - Monday  -  2pm -  4pm   tea/coffee/Cards/Bingo.
  • Alderney Community Centre - Herbert Avenue - Friday 2-4pm

In addition to the Pop-ins, are the Memory Lane Groups for people who live with dementia or care for someone who is experiencing memory loss or dementia.  They operate here:

  • Community Hall Old Rope Walk – 2pm  -  4pm Social afternoon of activities, advice and support.
  • United Reform  Church  -  Longfleet  (opp Poole Hosp.)  2pm  -  4pm  Social afternoon of activities, advice and support.

ACP also operates a Community Champions programme where individuals are trained to build on their skills and knowledge to support their local communities.  Champions help to bring services and local elderly people together to improve their health and wellbeing and to reduce their inequalities.

They generally work in partnership with local service providers and voluntary organisations to jointly develop sustainable approaches to delivering effective public services.  Essentially they:

  • Help local people in areas of greatest need to take more responsibility for managing their own health and wellbeing
  • Support communities to reduce social isolation and risk of long-term health problems
  • Better understand local people’s needs and aspirations
  • Improve access and take up of local services and resources

For more information contact the ACP office on 01202 666195 or email enq@ageconcernpoole.co.uk

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