Popular Moray pensioners club need volunteers or face closure

This is Netta Prosser from Lossiemouth who is stepping down from the Laeder of the Joan and Darby Club. Netta also was joint winner of the Lossiemouth Citizen of the Year. Photographed on Friday 13 July 2018 by Brian Smith T/A Jasperimage ©. PIC CONTENTS:- Netta will be ralaxing more with a cup of tea and her home is open.
This is Netta Prosser from Lossiemouth who is stepping down from the Laeder of the Joan and Darby Club. Netta also was joint winner of the Lossiemouth Citizen of the Year. Photographed on Friday 13 July 2018 by Brian Smith T/A Jasperimage ©. PIC CONTENTS:- Netta will be ralaxing more with a cup of tea and her home is open.

A popular Moray pensioners group may face closure if new volunteers are not found to help keep it running.

The Lossiemouth Darby & Joan Club offers an opportunity for older people to socialise with friends.

It has been a fixture in the town for more than 50 years, but a volunteer is needed to take over as club leader.

This is due to previous manager Netta Prosser stepping down after 40 years at the helm.

Mrs Prosser said she was determined to find someone new to assume leadership of the club, due to its importance to Lossiemouth.

She added: “I am doing everything I can to try and get someone in to replace me.

“For some of the older people in the town, it is the only time they leave the house and this club is important in combating isolation.

“We have a minibus that drives to members’ houses and takes them back and forth to the meetings, so I don’t want it to be closed down.”

A recent winner of Lossiemouth’s Citizen of the Year award for her invaluable support of the local community and various charity organisations, Miss Prosser is offering her experience and wisdom to any potential volunteers.

She said: “I’ve been in charge for over forty years, and I am now 83, so I want to get someone in to take over.

“I will still be there as a member of the club to support them and help as much as I can to make the handover smooth.”

The Darby and Joan Club currently has around six volunteers and 40 members who meet weekly at the Lossiemouth Community Education Centre on Tuesdays from September to November and January to April from 2pm till 4.30pm.

Run by the Royal Voluntary Service, it helps to reduce the isolation and loneliness that can set in when getting out and about is difficult for older people.

To find out more information or to volunteer your time, contact Tracey Peden on 07736 825329 or email tracey.hann@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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