A Nottingham centre for older people will be honoured with a civic reception at the city’s Council House on Wednesday (September 12).
The event will celebrate Radford Care Group’s 50th anniversary and recognise the continued great work of the centre’s staff and volunteers. Lord Mayor, Councillor Liaqat Ali will host the event and welcome more than 100 guests, including the centre’s staff, volunteers and supporters.
The group provides a bespoke friendship group from Monday to Friday for more than 85 older people in the city, putting on activities and outings and providing a place for them to visit where they can eat, relax and make friends. Its activities also give respite to carers, alongside support through quarterly generic meetings and a wider project supporting carers of loved ones who have a diagnosis of dementia.
Jill Davies, CEO of Radford Care Group said “We are delighted to have been invited to celebrate the Care Group’s 50th anniversary at this civic reception. Everyone has put a terrific amount of effort in to be where we are today and it is important that we celebrate that fact.
“Amid all the other exciting projects that are happening as we look to our future, this event gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate our past and present. We want to send out a simple message and a thank you to the hundreds of people supporting our small local charity – they are the ones making sure the next 50 years are even better.”
The evening will also see a special performance of “Bikes and Baccy, Lace and Coal”, a song written and performed by supporter Chris Smith with backing vocals from members of the Care Group, and the Nottingham Girls High School.
Supporting the event, MP for Nottingham North, Alex Norris said: “I have been an enthusiast of the Care Group for more than five years, and what they do to care for older people in Nottingham is both pioneering and incredibly supporting to their well-being.”
Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South said: “Radford Care Group is an organisation whose work I have supported throughout my time in Parliament. The services they provide are an inspiration, and the difference they make to people’s lives is immeasurable, providing respite for carers and offering a huge variety of activities for their service users.”
The group is currently raising funds for a new facility, which will allow the group to better care for its attendees and also allow for more capacity.
Jill Davies added “This is a huge year for us as an organisation. Not only are we celebrating the half century mark but we are also looking forward to starting our new £1.3m development. This will be a giant step for us and we will be able to care for more people in the community which is greatly needed.”
To find out more, please visit the Radford Care Group website, and you can support the new development by buying a brick.