Paisley’s MSP George Adam went along St Marks Church hall in Ralston to one of the many local clubs run by ROAR (Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire). ROAR run 12 clubs in 10 venues throughout Renfrewshire with the aim of “working in partnership to improve and maintain health and wellbeing” of its members. Older adults who are at risk of isolation and loneliness or who want to make better links with the community can contact ROAR and find out about joining one for the clubs.
Speaking about his visit, George said, “It was great fun going along and taking part in the activities with the members of the club. When I got there, we went straight into doing some gentle exercise and stretching, probably the best work out I’ve had in a while to be honest. All the members were getting right into it and with the disco tunes playing in the background; it was hard not to move about.
‘I was welcomed to the club by ROAR Manager Nicola Hanssen and Ralston Club Coordinator Anne Duncan. Their enthusiasm for ROAR really shown through. I joined my work out partners for some lunch, which tasted great, and sat next to Nicola. She gave me a lot of information about the club and what it has to offer and what a positive effect it can have on older adults.
‘In my previous role a councillor for Paisley South, I was also the chair of the Paisley South Local Area Committee. Through the committee, I was always keen to support the work of ROAR as they are such a great service which we are very lucky to have in Paisley. I heard of how this club not only gives people a chance to socialise for a few hours each week, but friendships are borne which leads into people being more active through the rest of the week also.
‘I would also like to mention the numerous volunteers who help out at the club which go a long way to making it run smoothly. One of the volunteer recently celebrated a birthday and the members brought him out a cake and sang Happy Birthday. That’s what these clubs are all about to me, the friendship and camaraderie which develops between people of all ages.
‘To Nicola and her team and all at the club, thank you for having me and I look forward to joining you all again sometime in the future.”