We are called Match Club and we are a group of Afro-Caribbean men and women and we meet at Small Heath Baptist Church every Tuesday from 11:00am till 4:00pm for a social meet up, play dominoes, chat and laugh and have a joke with each other. After our play of dominoes, we all have a cooked meal of West Indian food!
There are approximately 30 members, all senior citizens and Birmingham residents. Some live locally in Small Heath, some travel two or three miles. The attraction is the Afro-Caribbean cultural nature of the day.
We act as our own support group, contacting each other throughout the week, especially through illness and hospitals visits.
Small Heath Baptist Church encourgages us and provides us with free facilities and through whom Match Club finances are organised. Every week subs are collected and the Church Administrator pays for the cook and the meals. We have our own section within the church accounts, which is ring-fenced.
Our idea is to provide these elderly folk with a fun, emotionally-supportive, comfortable day in each other's company, well fed with the caribbean food they love all year, but especially in the winter which can be difficult for our client group. we encourage an independant attitude and respect for Afro-Caribbean culture. The funding will be used for reducing isolation, to encourage independant and developing a group that becomes self-governed and self-supporting.
Without this group the members would need to be provided for elsewhere.