The Giles Group in Alresford, Hampshire, is a group set up to give information, support and a meeting place to the members of the community around Alresford who are disabled in any way, plus their carers. The group has organised monthly meetings, monthly minibus trips, and weekly coffee mornings for its members for the last 20 years.
The monthly meetings, in the Alresford Community Centre, allow an interface between members, a forum to discuss help and aids that can be useful, plus an invited speaker who gives a 45 minute talk on a subject that could be of interest. The speakers and topics scheduled for the year are shown on the listing on this website, and in the noticeboard outside the Community Centre. Meetings are held every second Monday in the month, from 2pm to 3.45pm, and include tea and a raffle.
For those members who might have difficulty reaching the Community Centre, the town Minibus is used to collect and return people from their homes, for a minimal charge, this year £1.50.
On the third Monday in the month the town minibus is used once again to take those members who want an afternoon outing to a local garden centre, or shopping centre, or to the coast in the Summer. Typical charge for this afternoon trip is £4.
Every Tuesday the Community Centre is opened for a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate (donated by Galaxy Hot Chocolate), for members – but also for anyone else wanting to talk to us – between 1030 and 1200. This acts as a drop-in centre for anyone seeking help or advice over disability issues, and we try to point them in the right direction.
Membership of the Giles Group currently costs £10 per annum, and there are around 40 current members. There is no age limit, and younger members are very welcome. The Group finances have benefited from various previous benefactors, and have also been lucky enough to get funding from local Solicitors wishing to distribute charity funds.
For further information please comment on one of the stories on this website, contact us at a Tuesday coffee morning, or come to a meeting.
A club for people with disabilities, and their carers, who meet in the Community Centre every Tuesday morning for a coffee and chat, and monthly on the second Monday afternoon for a talk or quiz. Bus transport is available, and longer outings are monthly, every third Monday. Drop in and see us, or call: 01962 732978
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