Age UK Dorchester is opening a new community hub in the town to support older people.

The new facility - supported by Magna Housing - will officially open on Tuesday, February 25, at The Community Room, Flaxhayes, Magna Housing, St Swithun’s at 9.30am, and the community is invited to have a taster session free of charge on the day.

Bridport town mayor, Cllr Barry Irvine and town crier John Collingwood will officially open the facility and it will be an opportunity for people to come along, meet the team and try the facilities.

David Thorp, Age UK Dorchester CEO, said: “I am excited to announce the opening of our new community hub in Bridport. This centre is just part of the many vital services that we provide to older people throughout north, south and west Dorset.

“There is a real need out there for older people to have access to advice, information, support and companionship in our local area. Loneliness and isolation are an epidemic in our society which I aim to combat.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks that they may benefit from this new facility to come along to our open day. Those who have an older family member are also welcome to come and see for themselves what we offer.”

On offer at the hub in Bridport will be a range of activities focussed on reducing social isolation, preventing falls and improving overall health and wellbeing. The day will also include music, socialising, games and crafts.

Karen Woollam, community volunteer co-ordinator at Magna, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our communal room to Age UK for their weekly hubs.

“We partner with others to create great places where people choose to live, with access to a choice of facilities and services that are tailored to individuals as their lives change.”

The hub will be open thereafter every Tuesday from 9.30am to 2.30pm and will include activities, drinks, biscuits and a two-course lunch.

Ray Trout, 77, a regular client at Age UK’s Rowan Cottage day services in Dorchester, said: “The day centre has a very friendly group of people. We are made to feel very welcome and are always included and feel part of everything that they do.

“We particularly enjoy the exercise session in the mornings. The activities are stimulating for the mind which helps with remembering. Lunches are home-cooked and very enjoyable.

“I highly recommend the services that Age UK Dorchester provide, as they are a real lifeline for many people just like me.”

To find out more and to book a place, call 01305 269444 or email