Culture club

Age Cymru tests Culture Club in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

AGE Cymru is looking for volunteers with a passion for cultural sites to join its new cultural club.

The scheme, funded by the Welsh Government and piloted in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, aims to help isolated older people visit and enjoy cultural sites such as museums, public art and parks.

The objectives of Culture Club include:

  • Building the confidence of isolated older people;
  • Help seniors make new friends;
  • Encourage seniors to get out and move around safely to enjoy cultural sites (with the help of a friendly volunteer).

Volunteers can travel with the seniors or meet them at the site, whichever works best for both parties.

Volunteers will receive training from Age Cymru and will be paired with between one and four seniors for monthly meetings.

Culture Club will initially launch a pilot project in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in the spring before rolling out the project to other parts of Wales later in the year.

Kelly Barr of Age Cymru, who will oversee the project, said:

“We know that many older people live alone and isolated and although many of them are interested in our cultural sites, they lack the confidence to visit them on their own.

“This lack of trust has, for many, been compounded by the pandemic, with some older people shielding themselves and not visiting their usual places of socializing.

“We hope Culture Club can be the boost they need to return to their communities and start enjoying many of our cultural sites again.”

If you think you could benefit from membership or volunteering, email [email protected] or call 029 2043 1555.