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SOCIAL HUB FOR OLDER PEOLE ‘ENDEAVOUR’ FINDS PERMANENT HOME ON WHITBY ROAD, ELLESMERE PORT
2 December 2014 – A social hub for older people has moved in to new premises on Whitby Road – bringing its much-needed services into the heart of Ellesmere Port.
Officially opened by Mayor of Ellesmere Port Councillor Brian Jones, Endeavour – which has operated from community centres for nearly two years already – offers a varied programme of activities and healthy meals that create opportunities for togetherness, dialogue, and friendship, fighting isolation amongst the elderly.
The not for profit organisation run by Paula Collins has moved in to 55 Whitby Road, recently renovated under the council’s regeneration scheme of the area. The move has enabled the organisation to increase the number of hours it is open each week.
Paula Collins, founder of Endeavour, said: “We need to look after our older generation; they are part of our local community. Now in the new premises, it gives me an opportunity to further enhance and expand the services which Endeavour offers.
“Due to popular demand we have already increased the days so that the social hub is now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the introduction of our Amazing Graze luncheon club on a Wednesday. These days are filling up quickly. Therefore, we hope to be offering our services on Monday and Friday in the not too distant future.”
Endeavour offers an opportunity, particularly to those who find themselves lonely, alone and isolated from society, to have somewhere to go and to be amongst others. They are entertained with demonstrations, guest speakers and activities, as well as being able sit down for a freshly prepared two course meal.
The Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Brenda Dowding, said: “It’s been a very real pleasure to meet some of the individuals who will benefit from the new premises that Cheshire West and Chester has made available to Endeavour.
“The older people using this facility impressed me with their positive attitude and I’m sure they will make excellent use of the full range of experiences on offer.”
Endeavour has been able to take up the shop on a peppercorn rent as part of the Council’s Empty Shop Refurbishment Scheme, launched in 2012.
Looking to target long-term vacant shops in the old high street of Whitby Road, the grant scheme aims to bring properties back into use, improve the appearance of the street, help increase footfall for the other shops, and support the regeneration of the wider area.
Landlords are asked to rent out their unused retail unit to local community interest groups for a two-year period, receiving a peppercorn rent and benefiting from a grant to bring the property back up to modern specifications in return.
Local member, Councillor Justin Madders, said: “I am pleased that Endeavour has found a permanent home on the high street. I have been so impressed with the energy and dedication that Paula has shown towards ensuring the older members of our population have some social activity that I knew we couldn’t let the project end when Endeavours time at the community centre was coming to an end.
“It has been a real team effort to get everything in place so that Endeavour could put down permanent roots and continue to offer its excellent service. The way it continues to grow is testament to Paula’s commitment and I look forward to seeing Endeavour go from strength to strength.”
For more information on Endeavour please contact Paula Collins via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the regeneration of Whitby Road please contact Jochem.email@example.com.