Tinglev-Uge Pensionsforening, a pensioners’ association in Southern Jutland, dreamed of installing a kitchen as a better setting for communal meal-making and dining clubs for pensioners.
In the autumn, 200 users and guests attended the official opening of a refurbished activity centre, which offers a diverse range of activitiesfor senior citizens. In the run-up to the official opening, a large number of volunteers pitched in to refurbish the new meeting place. The pensioners’ association has 585 members, and is the only venue where people can meet for coffee in the town, besides the pizzeria. The centre is visited by around 100-150 users a week.
Volunteer activities will include baking buns and biscuits for the pensioners, and in association with the local authority, serving hot meals for seniors to attract more users. Seven active senior citizens would like to run the café.
The premises themselves have been bequeathed to the municipality and senior citizens in the Tinglev district, and the refurbishment project was co-funded by a grant of DKK 90,000 made by VELUX FONDEN.
The pensioners’ association (nine senior citizens) independently dismantled, refitted and painted the old kitchenette. The volunteers have put a great deal of time and effort into the refurbishments, and now has a new kitchen, disabled-access toilet, wheelchair ramp, new patio etc. at the activity centre in Tinglev.
The chair of the association, Jes Petersen, has personally spent many hours on the project and is pleased that the centre is now ready to receive its users. The programme boasts gymnastics, computer training, crafts, excursions, talks, dancing, sports, bingo and other enjoyable activities.
“We have just branched out into communal dining for singles and couples, and will shortly be able to host social events for 30-35 guests.
Many senior citizens lack company and social interaction on a daily basis, and our new activity centre helps to provide a good setting to change that,” says Jes Petersen.