Sunday Social Welcomes Christchurch Mayor & Old Tyme Songsters

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The Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor David Flagg, is visiting the ever-popular Sunday Social on the 4th of October, which will also see the 24-piece Old Tyme Songsters perform for older guests in and around the Borough.

Guests enjoy a free lunch and entertainment at Dorset's Sunday Social

It's amazing how a simple afternoon of lunch and entertainment can make people smile and laugh so much - it is the social aspect of this event that has the power to really make a difference.

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The Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor David Flagg, is visiting the ever-popular Sunday Social on the 4th of October, which will also see the 24-piece Old Tyme Songsters perform for older guests in and around the Borough.

The monthly event is becoming a firm date on the social calendar of many over-60s in Dorset, organised by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) and Forerunner Personal Catering.

Free of charge for all, the event offers the older residents of Christchurch and Bournemouth something a little bit different on a Sunday afternoon - especially for those who may not receive many visitors or find it difficult to venture far from their homes.

Held in Greystones Hall in Highcliffe, the Sunday Social starts with a delicious meal prepared and delivered ready-to-serve by 'meals on wheels' company Forerunner, one of its chief sponsors and organisers.

It is then followed by an hour of entertainment - with acts so far including a variety performer and singer, coupled with a few sessions of the ever-popular Bingo.

Co-sponsors of the event Forerunner and ICM have been delighted with the turnout so far and the wealth of appreciation from guests.

Managing Director of Forerunner - Bournemouth's largest meals on wheels provider - Declan O'Toole said: "The Sunday Social is evolving into a great success. It's nice to be able to give something back to the community and have it appreciated, and it is a great partnership between ICM and Forerunner."

Heidi Lees-Bell, Global Communications Director at ICM, said: "It's amazing how a simple afternoon of lunch and entertainment can make people smile and laugh so much - it is the social aspect of this event that has the power to really make a difference."

A number of other organisations are also supporting the event - Lions of Christchurch, Age Concern Christchurch, Dorset Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP), Brendoncare Dorset, Christchurch Borough Council and Bournemouth Borough Council.

The event is held on the first Sunday of every month from 12.30pm until 3pm at Greystones Hall, Waterford Road, Highcliffe, BH23 5JL. Carers and those that they care for are also especially welcome, as the event also offers an afternoon of respite for both parties. Bookings to attend the Sunday Social can be made with Forerunner (01202 434555) or Dorset POPP (01202 225920).

The team behind the Sunday Social is looking for acts, shows and talks that would be of interest to the over-60s. If you are a performer, drama group, band, tutor, or lecturer, please do get in touch for a fantastic opportunity to entertain and inform a very appreciative audience. Contact Heidi Lees-Bell at ICM on 01202 485510.

Volunteers and hosts are also needed to assist the smooth running of the event and comfort of its guests, so if you feel you might be able to offer any help at future Sunday Socials, please get in touch with Jo Mitchard at Dorset POPP on 01305 225920.

Notes to editors:

1.    The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) is an internationally recognised examining and awarding body for business and management students, and a leading professional body for Commercial and Business Development Managers. Founded in 1979, the Institute is a not-for-profit organisation, registered educational charity number: 1045370. Its international headquarters are in Christchurch, Dorset, and it operates in more than 130 countries. ICM is heavily involved in social and economic development, and supports, sponsors and promotes a number of projects in the UK and further afield in order to encourage social cohesion. Full details of its sponsored projects, including video footage, can be found at: projects.icm.ac.uk. More general information is available at: http://www.icm.ac.uk and http://press.icm.ac.uk

2.    Forerunner has been providing meals on wheels to the local community in Bournemouth for over 12 years. It works closely with local suppliers, partners, charities, support organisations and professional carers to ensure that it really can offer 'more than just a meal'. http://www.hotmealsonwheels.com

3.    Brendoncare is a registered charity which cares for older people through care centres and over 70 friendship clubs for older people in Hampshire, Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. The clubs aim to prevent social isolation by providing older people with fun and friendship along with a varied programme of activities, outings and stimulating guest speakers. The key to the success of Brendoncare Clubs is the network of volunteers who run them, the low cost to members and the provision of transport for all those who need it. http://www.brendoncare.org.uk

4.    Lions of Christchurch - Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographic areas. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the association's motto is "We Serve." http://www.lions105d.org.uk/Clubs/Christchurch.htm

5.    POPP - The Department of Health's Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships Directorate is leading the 'Partnerships for Older People Projects' (POPP) programme. The aim of this programme is to deliver and evaluate, through 29 Local Authority led pilots, locally innovative approaches, aimed at creating a sustainable shift in resources and culture away from institutional and hospital-based crisis care for older people towards earlier, targeted interventions within their own homes and communities. http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=349202

6.    Age Concern - On 1 April 2009, the four national Age Concerns in England' Scotland' Wales and Northern Ireland joined with Help the Aged to create four new national charities dedicated to improving the lives of older people. http://www.ageconcern.org.uk

For further details, please contact the ICM Global Communications team on: 01202 485510 or email: marketing (at) icm (dot) ac (dot) uk

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