The British Chamber is proud to be supporting 4 different charitable organisations in Belgium through our affiliation with the Brussels British Community Association. This week Chairman Ron Aston introduces The Wednesday Club.
The Wednesday Club is the brainchild of Dr Lydia Jones, a general practitioner working in La Hulpe who realised a few years ago that she was the only person that all her elderly patients saw from visit to visit. “Loneliness can be an increasing problem for older people, and when they are living away from their home country it can be particularly difficult to cope with,” she says. “An English-speaking social club would offer a good place for friendships to grow and mutual support to develop.” Because of this she approached a friend who was involved with the then Swedish church and The Wednesday Club was first born.
Based in Brain-l’Alleud , just south of Brussels, The Wednesday Club provides a caring and secure environment within which members can enjoy each other’s company and, if they wish, participate in a range of interesting and stimulating activities. The Club is a secular organisation, open to those of any religion or none and is predominantly English speaking. We have a band of willing volunteers who ferry our members to and from the church. This is supported by a group of excellent helpers who make sandwiches, cakes and beverages for meetings. Club members have a key voice in developing the programme so that it fits their particular interests and enthusiasms but regularly our programme of activities includes:
Card and board games
Opportunities for exercise
Music and song
Attending a meeting of The Wednesday Club is completely free of charge. We do this to try to make sure we reach as many people as possible. We do not want there to be any barriers to attending a Club meeting.
The Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the year. Meetings are from 14:00 to 16:30. You can find more info on our website, http://www.the-wednesday-club.org . If you would like to join, as a member or a volunteer please contact us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me, Ron Aston, on 0475 91 02 22.