Wirral currently has over 60,000 older residents. The Older People’s Parliament is available to each and every one of these for support, information, signposting or just a chat and a cuppa. During 2020 they realised that people needed a place to go for face-to-face help, and the idea for community hubs was born. Initially Wirral OPP were looking for a permanent venue in Birkenhead for older people drop in to, this proved a challenge, so they turned to their colleagues in existing venues for help.
Charlotte’s Brightside in New Brighton were the first to open their doors to Wirral OPP, who are now there every Monday 12-3 for support and information. Bee Wirral, now based at Beechwood offered a space on the first Tuesday of each month 10-12noon. Sandbrook Community Centre is the third venue on the first Thursday of each month 3.30-4.30. All of these are drop-in sessions, and all have internet access except Sandbrook. A social supermarket is available at Charlotte’s and Sandbrook with wonderful friendly staff and volunteers.
Wirral OPP’s newest venue is Wirral Advisory Centre in Birkenhead and is a bit different as they offer appointments on a Wednesday afternoon for help and information, they have internet access for help with online forms and information. Book directly with the centre for an appointment.
As restrictions ease, Wirral OPP hope to expand our face to face activities again for older people in all of these wonderful venues with events, workshops and social gatherings. Their aim is to always provide information, support and a friendly face to all older people living in Wirral no matter their circumstances.
Left: Bee Wirral
Right: Vintage Radio