SCLT Public Presentation Team Make Return Visit to Edington, Somerset
Monday 2nd November 2015 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones joining the weekly meeting of the 'WOTO' (Women On Their Own) group in the restored Old School House in the rural settlement of Edington in Somerset. The group of about 20 ladies meet every week to enjoy companionship and stimulating conversation over light refreshments.
The 'WOTO' group was founded a few years ago to help overcome the effects of isolation and lonliness upon widowed members of the very rural areas of Somerset, where many single, senior ladies find themselves living alone in an agricultural landscape, where social interaction is difficult to come-by.
During the session, Ash facilitated the fully interactive presentation on senior road safety for the group. The theme of the SCLT presentation being the awareness of issues that often affect senior drivers and how to recognise and overcome some of the common problems associated with driving into later life.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Ash commented, “The WOTO group is a really good example of seniors coming together to share life experiences and to keep alive the community spirit, which is so important in maintaining a healthy balance of life in later years”
“Today's presentation has heavily focused upon being prepared for the future and also about making a plan for what will happen when the time comes to consider hanging up the driving gloves. It is a huge step for anyone to stop driving, but with planning and preparation, this can be less concerning than most people imagine”
Every member of the group received a personal copy of the latest edition of the award-winning magazine of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, ‘The Senior Siren’, which now is made available to more than 250,000 readers every-other month.
SCLT volunteer Ash Jones (left) is greeted by 'WOTO' Organiser, JIll Palmer