New drop-in day for Indian elders in SandhurstBy Jon Nurse
October 17, 2012
A drop-in offering friendship and fun for Indian community elders has opened in Sandhurst.
The Indian Community Association Bracknell (ICAB) is spearheading Krupa Day Services, a monthly meet-up for pensioners at Sandhurst Day Centre.
More than 50 people joined together at the centre in Yorktown Road on Sunday for the launch of the initiative, which reaches out to older people in the Indian community.
Raman Patel, ICAB chairman, said: “Our community is normally used to greater social interaction but opportunities are limited in this area, especially for our elderly. To help them there was a growing consensus within our community for positive action.
“With the dedication and resourcefulness of enthusiastic volunteers, we are delighted to set up Krupa Day Services. ‘Krupa’ is the Hindi word for compassion, a quality abundant in the many volunteers supporting this initiative.
“We all hope it will improve the quality of life for the Indian elderly. At the same time we also want other communities, like the Nepalese, to benefit from our endeavours.”
The day service will meet from 10am to 4pm on the first Sunday of each month at the centre, with activities and a vegetarian meal for a minimal fee.
Coordinator Savita Nathu said: “Today is the first of many days I hope. I’m thrilled so many people have turned up.
“It’s a better turnout than I anticipated and I thank Bracknell Forest Council for all their help through this venture and to all the volunteers who are here today.”
Bracknell Forest Council provided a start-up grant of £2,000 and also provided funding for training the service’s volunteers.
Ramji Ladwa of Bracknell is delighted with the new service.
“My son Dilip brought me here and I think I will become a member now,” he said. “This is excellent. It’s giving me an opening to meet other people.
“I’ve just met someone and asked if they’re new and they said ‘no, I’ve been here for nine years!’”
Shantilal Chavda, of Bracknell, added: “I think this is a very good idea. There are many people in the community but we don’t often see each other. It’s something we can bring our friends along to now and enjoy.”