Age Concern Eastwood
Established in May 1976 Age Concern Eastwood was set up to fill identified gaps in the services available for older people in the local area.
A brief history
Age Concern Eastwood
In May 1976 it was agreed that a branch of Age Concern Scotland, to be known as Age Concern Eastwood, would be set up. This “umbrella” organisation in Eastwood District (now part of East Renfrewshire) would help to co-ordinate the existing voluntary work and to identify gaps in the services available for older people. Age Concern Eastwood is now affiliated to Age Scotland. It continues to be a purely voluntary organisation, with links to local churches and other local voluntary organisations.
By 1993 it was noticed by a local Psycho-Geriatrician that there was an extremely large number of older people with dementia in the Eastwood area. He became aware during his work that when his patients were being discharged from day hospital there was no dementia service available for them in Eastwood. This prompted him to contact Age Concern Scotland. Following the enquiry, a development officer from Age Concern Scotland contacted the local Age Concern Eastwood Group.
These are social day centres where older people can enjoy various activities with lunch and refreshments
In 1977 a caravan was used as a mobile information and advice centre. A static caravan, based on spare ground to the rear of Clarkston Clinic, was then provided by the Social Work Department. In1979 the Health Board offered the use of a room on the ground floor of Clarkston Clinic, where the Age Concern Eastwood was situated until recently. We have now moved to an office at the Stables in Eastwood Park. Trained volunteers work in the office to provide information about various issues affecting older people. There is an answering machine and volunteers can contact anyone who phones when the office is closed. Wheelchairs are also stored and distributed from the Clarkston Clinic office.
The first Day Centre, which was opened in January 1979 in Giffnock Congregational Church, now meets in Woodfarm Sports Pavilion. A second centre was opened in 1980 in Overlee Sports Pavilion and 1993 Eaglesham Day Centre was started. These are social day centres where older people can enjoy various activities with lunch and refreshments. They are staffed by trained volunteers.
Age Concern Eastwood continues to provide support and transport for local older people and organisations and is dependent on fund-raising and donations for its day-to-day running.