Extra Time Hub project aimed at increasing the amount of activities available to retired and semi-retired people across Wigan.
- Rosemary was at the launch of Extra Time Hub at the DW Stadium.
- Project aimed at retired and semi-retired people in Wigan Borough.
- Scheme to make a positive difference to the lives of older people.
For 68-year old Rosemary Charles, the chance to meet new people and take part in regular weekly activities at the DW Stadium was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
The Extra Time Hub project, an initative aimed at making a positive difference to the lives of retired and semi-retired people across Wigan, recently launched at the DW Stadium and gave participants the chance to find out more about the range of exciting activities on offer in their borough.
And Rosemary, who was present at the launch, admits the programme which will take place at the DW Stadium every Tuesday from 3.30pm - 5.30pm excites her and claims it’ll prove beneficial for a number of older people in the town.
She explained: “The project interested me as soon as I saw it on the club’s website because I’ve been looking for somewhere where I could get more exercise and stay active for a while.
“Obviously with me being older I wanted something a bit more gentle, but I also wanted to meet people so this seemed like an ideal opportunity for me to marry both together.”
Rosemary believes the Extra Time Hub will reduce social isolation and help to get older people interacting, with activities including quizzes, games, arts and crafts, music, singing, table tennis, films, talks, stadium tours and more.
“One of the biggest problems is loneliness and living on your own, but you come to this project and you have the chance to meet other people who are often in a similar situation.
“It’s very easy to become isolated and stay in your home and not see people when you get older and for some people the only contact they’ll have with others during a day is when they go to the shop or somewhere like that.
“The social interaction isn’t there anymore for a lot of people but at something like this you talk to other people, have a laugh with them and just enjoy yourselves.”
Working with more than 12,000 people a year across Wigan Borough, Rosemary credits Latics for catering activities for older people.
“The Community Trust do a lot of work with young people, and rightly so because they need to get active and use their brains, but for the Trust to find something that targets older people too is absolutely excellent because we also need that towards the end of our lives.”
For more information about the Extra Time Hub, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator Christine Blundell on email@example.com or call 01942 318090.