THE ELDERS GROUP
The Malcolm X Elders Forum is a social club for people over 55 that was founded to tackle isolation and loneliness in older people. It is an independent club run by a management committee of elders who hire the hall at Malcolm X centre on a weekly basis and the Chairperson is Gloria Watson. It began in 1999 with 11 people providing coffee mornings as a way to meet up and socialise. It now has over 80 members with around 50 attending regularly.
The group engages in a wide range of activities including exercise to music, Tai Chi, sewing, singing, drama, bingo and dominoes making it a diverse and vibrant community group in St Pauls. The club also goes on day trips to places like Teignmouth, Tenby and Weymouth and also one week holidays. They organise events to which the community are invited such as during Black history month when they held a meal with speakers and the Bristol Reggae Orchestra provided the music.
Many of the members recently featured in a book called Pioneers with photographic portraits and stories from the ‘Windrush generation’ produced by the Real Photography Company. The members pay an annual and weekly subscription and it is currently supported by funding from Bristol City Council and also receives support from the John James foundation.
The club is very welcoming and if you are interested in joining, please contact:
Gloria Watson on 01179 070958 or 07780 591496.
They meet on Mondays in the main hall from 10.30am – 3.30pm
Some of the activities running at the moment at MXCC for The Malcolm X Elders Forum: