Club Fun is a project led by a group of people we support in Forth Valley. It tackles loneliness and isolation by offering opportunities for people to come together, build friendships and experience new things. The local staff team have been using fundraised money to fund Club Fun and provide the tools and support for people to organise social activities.

Over the past couple of years, Club Fun have held numerous events, including a couple of Halloween fancy dress parties (the costumes were fantastic!), and a highly praised day-trip to Burntisland.

A highlight of many of their summers, the Burntisland trip is one people will remember. The journey – on buses that support staff had decorated with bunting and balloons – was filled with singing and laughing by all. Whilst there, some people enjoyed the beach whilst others headed into town to check out the local sights. Angela, service manager in Stirling, said:

there were smiles and happiness all-round!

They have even held their own fundraising events, with people clocking up miles on an exercise bike to raise some vital pennies:

We felt that it would be nice for us to give something back, as Club Fun has benefitted so much from Carr Gomm fundraising campaigns. As a group, the club have discussed the effects of feeling lonely and isolated at times in our lives – a lot of the people who come along to Club Fun have experienced this and wanted to do what they can to support others through it.

[Angela, Club Fun organiser]

They also recently held their 2019 Christmas party. 60 people attended, and with a buffet, raffle, pass the parcel, disco and karaoke, it’s safe to say there was plenty to get involved with. They even had a visit from Santa (a person we support) who delivered a present to each of the people we support. The party was described as “the best yet“!

Their party was closely followed by a mince pie social afternoon before popping along to the Christmas panto…Aladdin.

Club Fun are holding regular meetings to plan together their future events and trips away. People supported and staff have been coming up with plenty of ideas and so far the suggestions have been: picnics, summer parties, a trip to the Safari Park, another trip to Burntisland, and – best yet – a “Carr Gomm Forth Valley’s Got Talent!” event.

A lot of people are interested in entering this talent event which will see local mangers acting as judges. It’s due to take place in February 2020.