Senior citizens

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NEWSLETTER 2 July 2021

Welcome to MACA – this is the second newsletter from Marva Wilson – Harrison, Senior Citizens coordinator. I hope you enjoy it.

I continue to maintain contact with the members with weekly telephone calls or via WhatsApp’s to ensure that they are well and in good health.

Now that some of the COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted , we were able to meet for the first time mid-May at the Sunlight Centre ,where the members played Bingo and Dominoes, (their favourite games) for the first time in nearly 6 months, they were looking forward to the prizes. During the session they were also kept up to date with new developments that might affect them and that MACA could assist them in.

Below is a picture of some of the members at the Sunlight Centre – the Local Community Liaison Officer, PC Bobby Mahay paid us a visit that day – we have a really good relationship with him and everyone knows him by name so it was wonderful to see him again now that we are able to meet. Bobby is there to offer us invaluable help and advice as required.

We had a day trip in June to Margate followed by a lovely 2-course meal for the MACA members at Olby’s Restaurant the company that provided some of our elders meals and hampers during lockdown. We had a really good day and again, the restaurant was big enough for us to have a quick game of Bingo and Dominoes 😊, some went to the Turner Gallery and others went on the beach. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you Eli, Heather and Team!

Below are some of the members at the taster Session at the Prince Arthur Indoor Bowls Club – courtesy of Kent Sports, with the aid of Mike Williams from the Club. 12 members attended, and bar one person this was the first time that they had ever played Bowls. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to continuing with the planned sessions in August 2021.

Our weekly sessions are the Sunlight Centre continue, and the team have agreed that they enjoy seeing each other so much that they preferred if we did our activities on a different day. So we decided on Thursdays going-forward.

Our next trip was to Kent Life Museum in Maidstone on Thursday 15th July. MACA paid for the transportation, entry free and we had a guided tour. Our guide John was very entertaining and informative and the day was rounded off with Afternoon Tea served excellently by Kim and her team. Our thanks also to Claire and her team for facilitating this visit. – We will be back, lots more to see at Kent Life Museum!!

Hands and Hearts: Illustrated Stories of the Windrush generation

Celebrating the Caribbean communities of Kent and Medway, and their economic and cultural contribution to Europe.

For 2020 Medway African and Caribbean Association (MACA) had planned a photographic exhibition with and for its senior citizens, of which many are of the Windrush generation.

However, the months that preceded the start of the year proved very difficult, not just for the exhibition but also for the safety and well being of African and Caribbean people in Kent and Medway. These communities were advised to self-isolate due to them being more susceptible to COVID-19, and in addition had been restricted from seeing family and friends.

However, through the perseverance, determination, courageous and compassionate nature of the Windrush generation, we are able to share a collection of excerpts from their stories, and of one of the most recognizable periods in modern British history.

 

We hope you enjoy listening to these stories as much as we did creating them.

The MACA Windrush 2020 project was made possible thanks to the Church Urban Fund Windrush grants.

We would also like to thank all of the MACA members who shared their stories with us and to Yassmin Foster Windrush Project Coordinator for all her hard work in pulling this together.

MACA Windrush generation photographic exhibition 2020

“Voices of the Windrush generation we need you”

Images, oral histories and memorabilia

Join us for this exciting project which will celebrate and creatively evidence the labour afforded by the Windrush generation of Kent and Medway to Britain.

By documenting the economic and cultural contribution of this Caribbean workforce, in this commemorative photographic exhibition.

Contact: yassmin.foster@macacharity.org.uk

Who are we?

If you live in Kent or Medway and may be feeling isolated or just want to get out the house and socialise, then why not come along to our weekly drop in.

The Senior Citizens Group meet every Tuesday 1pm to 4pm at:

The Sunlight Centre
Richmond Road
Gillingham
Kent ME7 1LX

The group is run by volunteers from MACA. We are a very welcoming group, and especially if you are feeling isolated in the community.

What we do

You can play dominoes or take part in various craft activities, such as knitting, crochet, sewing, art, and table games. We also have light refreshments, tea coffee biscuits. We have a range of speakers come to talk about important issues that affect the community, as well as regular visits from Kent Police, and local councillors

Our group welcomes visitors from Gravesend, and we go and visit the Gravesend group from time to time. We have had young people from the Will Adams Centre come to tell us about what they do at the Centre as well as students from the local Mid Kent College organise activities for us.

We like to go on trips to places of interest , and have even been to France as well as London for the Jamaica 50 years of Independence Celebration. We were honoured to receive a special invitation for the consecration of Bishop Rose – Hudson Wilkin at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Seniors have also been twice to the Turner art Gallery in Margate.

Christmas meal

Every year we celebrate with our a Christmas meal with delicious food and music. We celebrate anyone’s birthday with a card and singing happy birthday.

So please think about joining our group we would love to see you.

To find out more email info@macacharity.org.uk or call 0844 884 9502.