'Young at Heart' daycare prove age is just a number

Mid Devon Star: LLOYD and Diana Yorke LLOYD and Diana Yorke

A NEW club which offers day care for the elderly on the Devon and Somerset border has been launched.

The club known as 'Young at Heart Club' is open on Mondays and Fridays from 9.30am to 2.30pm and is based at Burlescombe.

The club was founded by an enterprising couple, Lloyd and Diana Yorke, who have worked as managers of a successful Day Centre for older people in Mid Devon.

With over eight years combined experience, they have learnt how to help older people feel relaxed and recapture their youth.

The aim of the club is to bring together people of every background over the age of 60 to have fun, socialise and feel part of the community.

Lloyd said: “Diana and I have been very fortunate to meet many lovely older people and we recognise the importance of providing Day Care to help relieve the feeling of loneliness and isolation.

“We also feel that it is important for Carers to enjoy some respite.

“They can leave their loved ones with us for the day knowing that they will be well looked after and fully entertained, which will enable the Carer to benefit from valuable time off.”

Diana said: “We are determined to provide a valuable service at an affordable cost to benefit the older people in our community. Our not-for-profit club membership is already growing from word of mouth referrals.

“We thank everyone who has helped us create this club and the valuable help from our volunteers and look forward to welcoming new members in the near future.”

If you wish to learn more about the club or offer your help as a volunteer then please contact either Lloyd or Diana on 07704 040 399 or via their website www.youngatheartclub.co.uk.

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