I’ve recently had to start looking around at Newquay clubs and services for the elderly. If you’re recently bereaved and relied heavily on your life partner to provide you with everything you needed, where do you start trying to rebuild your life and get everything you need? What clubs and groups can you join? If you’re still active and fit the choices are there to be made, but if you’re more frail and less mobile then it can be daunting to try to establish what groups, clubs and activities you can join in with.
For many, social services will simply take over and arrange everything for you, even paying for it in many cases, possibly enabling you to discover options more easily – but if you’re self-funded then you’re left to your own devices, cast adrift in a world you know nothing about. This page is intended to help elderly residents of Newquay to find out what’s on, where to go and how to get the help needed to soldier on!
Social services will provide you with a list of agencies, from whom you can buy in carer services, shopping services, etc, but if you want to reduce your outgoings on such services and increase, or start from scratch, to build a network of friends and activities you can find that there’s a real paucity of solid information available.
I hope this page helps somebody as it’s taken hours of research, telephone calls and visits to bring the information together – and it’s an ongoing work.
Newquay Day Centre, Age Concern, Crantock Street
This is a very welcoming organisation, run by Age Concern. Newquay Day Centre is open five days a week (Monday to Friday) from about 9am to about 4pm. Why not start by going just one day/week to see how you get on?
UPDATE: Since I first wrote this, AgeUK at Newquay now operate an active Facebook page, showing the many events they run, now using the name Newquay Care & Social Club: Newquay Care & Social Club.
They now run far more activities and a Knit & Natter group – their Facebook page is kept well updated.
When I wrote this in 2011, Newquay Day Centre had a transport service, which picked you up from your door and dropped you off again, covering quite a few miles outside of Newquay, so why not phone and find out if it comes near to your house! The bus driver is accompanied by a helper, who helps you to/from your door and the bus. You will need to find out if they still run this service.
In 2011, if you were self-funded, the Day Centre cost ~£20/day (2011 prices) and included the cost of transport and a 2-course hot meal, if you were eligible for funding then there it was £5. There were also plenty of cups of tea and cakes. A variety of activities go on, in the two rooms. If you’re being driven, or can drive yourself of course!
Other facilities included assisted bathing, new wet rooms becoming operational from late October 2011 (£3 in 2011); there’s a hairdressing room where you can have your hair cut for under £10. If your toe nails need cutting, there’s a visiting chiropodist every couple of months and on Tuesdays there’s a communion. Art classes are also held.
For more information:
- Telephone: 01637 876150.
- Address: Crantock Street, Newquay, TR7 1JR
- Website: http://www.ageconcerncornwall.org.uk
- Facebook: Newquay Day Centre, Age Concern
Newquay Disabled Club, Tolcarne Road
This group of mainly female members meets every Wednesday on the ground floor of a small detached building behind Newquay Adult Education/the Police Station. Access by vehicle is through a gate in the car park in Quarry Park Road, Newquay, or there’s a gateway from the car park at Newquay Station. On the upper floor there’s an arts and crafts group, but on the ground floor is a meeting space where you can enjoy a cup of tea and some home made cake on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm. Essentially this session is about a dozen ladies enjoying a natter, some knitting, reading the local papers and organising local fundraising. The Lions Club Newquay provide a bus pickup/drop off service to and from the Newquay Disabled Club meetings, at a cost of just £2/day (2011 price).
Don’t be fooled by the name – Newquay Disabled Club aren’t disabled, they’re just elderly and never got round to changing the name of the club.
It’s just £1 for tea/cake (2011 price), or you can be picked up from your door by the Lions minibus service for £3 (2011 price, including the cost of tea/cake).
Newquay Disabled Club arrange 1-2 trips out each year, using the Lions minibus service.
Councillor Mrs L Cherry is the local Newquay Council contact regarding this Club and its activities (last checked September 2017).
Royal Voluntary Services Social Club
This is at St Columb Minor.
Newquay Christian Centre Pop-In Cafe
On Fridays, at 10am, there’s a social group who meet at the Newquay Christian Centre. Free minibus transport can be arranged by contacting them. If you simply want to turn up at the Centre then you just pay for your coffee/tea and cakes, which are at a cost of just 30p/cup of tea/coffee and 30p for a slice of cake or scone. On the day I went along there seemed to be about 8-10 people chatting in a nicely decorated room, with carpet (so it’s not a draughty old church hall) and there looked to be 2-3 types of cake and scones available.
The group also organise 1-2 day trips per year.
UPDATE: I am not sure if this group is still running (2017) – contact the local Council to find out, ask for Councillor Cherry.
St Columb Minor Church Friendship Circle
These meet up on Fridays for a hot lunch. Transport can be arranged through the Lions Club Minibus service. The Luncheon Club starts at 12pm, with the minibus picking people up from their homes and arriving at about 12:30pm. Bus and lunch/activities, there are limits to the numbers they can accommodate due to space and transport limitations, but this is rarely an issue, but just check with them!
There are several trips out each year through this club, which they try to cap at affordable prices.
Overall, this is a warm and welcoming group.
If you’re a little more active, perhaps not quite ready to call yourself elderly, then the University of the 3rd Age (U3A) offers a full social and events calendar. They meet at the Griffin pub in Newquay, which is between the Victoria Hotel and Aldi, on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:45am. There’s a general meeting, followed by a talk, then members can enjoy a pub lunch or a drink if they wish. New members can try out the U3A at a cost of £1.50 per meeting. There are about 25 sub-groups, where members enjoy shared interests. There is something going on somewhere almost every day of the week/month, from walking and strolling, through to lunches, bridge, crafts and more.
Newquay Women’s Institute
Newquay Women’s Institute is behind Crantock Street Post Office. I’ve no idea what they get up to, or when (yet).
The Newquay Centre in St Michaels Road is a registered charity, set up in 1963, and is owned by the people of the town. Newquay Centre is available for community groups to meet up, as well as being available for private hire for parties/weddings. Among the groups that meet at the Newquay Centre that will be of interest to elderly residents or visitors are the Senior Citizens Club and groups for the lonely and isolated.
For more information:
Telephone: 01637 874510
Address: 17b St Michaels Road, Newquay, TR7 1QZ
Newquay SHE Group
The Newquay SHE Group meets on Mondays from 10am to 1pm and is a ladies informal social and activities group, meeting for a cup of tea and a natter. There are also some activities organised, such as quizzes, bingo, enjoy occasional speakers, participate in some arts and craft and there are even some occasional trips out.
This is part of the Newquay Befriending Scheme; contact Lynne Newman on 01637 851155 for more details.
Newquay Coffee Corner
On Wednesdays at the Newquay Centre, the Newquay Coffee Corner provides a safe, informal place where you can meet new people and have a chat over a cup of coffee. Enjoy a relaxing hour or two and join in with a few activities. Newquay Coffee Corner operates from 10am to 12:30pm.
Newquay Coffee Corner is part of the Newquay Befriending Scheme, you can contact Lynne Newman on 01637 851155 for more details.
The closest public parking is off Mount Wise as the bottom left hand end of the car park overlooks the Centre. Parking aside, Newquay Centre is accessible for people with limited mobility.
To contact Newquay Centre to get a full run down of what’s available, phone Mrs Maureen Anderson on Newquay (01637) 874510.
Newquay Befriending Scheme
The befriending scheme runs a couple of get togethers in Newquay at the Newquay Centre, as well as coffee groups in some local villages. Contact them for more information:
Address: 4 Cheltenham Place, Newquay, Cornwall. TR7 1BA.
Lead Contact: Lynne Newman.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: 01637 851155
Newquay Wheelchair Hire
Wheelchairs and scooters can be hired through the Shop Mobility and Newquay Shopmobility Scheme.
Contact: Tourist Information Office, Marcus Hill, Newquay.
Telephone: 01637 838516
Memory Cafes in Newquay Area
Memory cafes can be found at the following locations:
- Crantock: First Monday of the month at 2pm in the small meetings room in Crantock Village Hall on the first Monday of each month at 2.00 pm. Those interested should contact Di Dumpleton on 01637-830544. Crantock Village Hall, Halwyn Road, Crantock, TR8 5RN.
- Newquay Memory Café: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 2-4pm, at St. Columb Minor Church Hall, St Columb Minor. Contact Keith Dynan on 07968 960 694
- Wadebridge Memory Café: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, from 2-4pm, at St. Breock School, Tremarren Road, Wadebridge. Contact Margaret on 07867 783728. Website: http://www.wmca.btck.co.uk
- Padstow Memory Café: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1.30-3.30pm, at St John’s Church, Barry’s Lane, Padstow. Website: http://www.wmca.btck.co.uk/PadstowMemoryCafe
- Perranporth Memory Café: Every 2nd Monday of the month, from 2-4pm, at St Michael’s Church Hall, Perranporth. Contact Alan on 01872 572050 or Doreen on 01637 830471.
For memory cafes across Cornwall, see: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/3623572/Mem_cafe_network_leafletnew-1-.pdf
Meals on Wheels in Newquay
If you’re looking to see what meals you can get delivered, check out this page: Meals on Wheels in Newquay, last updated in September 2017.
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This is still a “work in progress” as more details need to be gathered, but I hope it’s helped.