The Wokingham Paper

Debs has a very social job for Age Concern

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New Twyford and District Age Concern day centre manager Debs Heffernan with centre user retired Royal Berkshire Hospital nursing school secretary Jill Gosney from Earley Picture: Sue Corocoran

A woman who has cared for others for 25 years, is the new manager of the thriving Twyford and District Age Concern day centre, writes Sue Corcoran.

Debs Heffernan of Fairwater Drive, Woodley, is a familiar face to the centre: She was assistant manager before taking over from Gordon Holmes who has stepped down.

“I love my job. It’s rewarding and challenging,” she said.

“Our aims include people avoiding isolation and depression. And we work to help prevent people going into hospital or a care home,” she said, adding: “If someone arrives feeling unhappy we want them to go home happy.”

Debs prefers to call the day centre a social club, a title many users prefer as well.

Activities include sing-alongs, quizzes, bingo and visiting theatre companies and singers. There are daily seated exercise classes.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays the sessions are 10am to 3pm for a maximum of 24 people.

There’s a two-course freshly cooked lunch.

On Thursdays there’s an open house lunch club for the over 60s from noon to 2pm.

For more details visit or call 0118 934 4040.


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