The Elderly Care Project is a social initiative started by IDC in 2013. The aim originally was to help keep elderly members of the community warm in the winter.
However due to popular demand from elderly members of the Greater Walker Community Centre, we make monthly social visits to see them.
Throughout 2014, IDC North East will continue to support and care for the elderly members in our community right here in the North East. The Real EDL (Elderly Defence League) are group of IDC brothers and sisters who take time out each month and go and visit the elderly for a catch up and general chit chat.
As it worked so well in Newcastle, the Teesside team took it up themselves to create and run their own Elderly Care Project.
To date, as well as the monthly socials, we also have conducted curry nights and even a mosque visit.
IDC Teesside arranged a curry night to take place at the care home for the residents and the staff. The members of IDC who attended served the food which was donated from Billingham Balti House. The night went well as there was a very good response and also good engagement.
Elderly Care Project, Newcastle University Mosque Visit, 11th December 2014. Attended by 6 members of the Greater Walker Community Centre.
On Thursday 11th December 2014 IDC Members Faraz Hussain, Daniel Johnson, Richard Coupeland and Abbas Rafi hosted a group of 5 senior citizens and 1 Carer from in Greater Walker Trust Newcastle. Daniel delivered a talk on Islam inside the mosque, and gave the visitors a guided tour of the mosque’s interior and the artefacts therein. The delegation from the Greater Walker Trust also partook in an extended question and answer session.
IDC’s Faraz Hussain and Daniel Johnson had a great time on BBC Radio Newcastle’s “Jonathon Miles Show” today. The guys discussed the Elderly Care Project, a “Muslim View of Christmas” and other hot topics!
Elderly Care Project, December Centre Visit, The Greater Walker Community Centre, 01 december 2014. Volunteers interacted with 40 members from the centre.
IDC volunteers attended their monthly ECP at Monkchester community centre. IDC volunteers went to discuss general Islam, get feedback for the project and offer henna and nail polish.
Teesside Curry Night, 22/11/14
An IDC sister organised a curry night for the staff and members of a local care home.
Along with some curry and samosas, it was a great evening that provided some interesting conversations. The night provided an opportunity to engage with staff and residents on Islamic Awareness.
Every month, the IDC team reaches out to the elderly community as friendly company and care. Giving respect to those who helped build this country.
Project leader Faraz Hussain says ‘It is a very rewarding and heart warming experience sitting and chatting with the elderly. We have been doing this for some time now and the people who meet have opened up to us. They really look forward to our visits at the start of every month’.
IDC will be facilitating a mosque visit with members from the centre soon.
August Elderly Care Visit with a Game of Darts, 12/08/14
As part of our Eid celebrations, our team from the real EDL presented the guys with a dartboard as a special eid just for them. The real EDL family is growing as new volunteers also joined in the fun too! The guys played some darts and dominos then had a good chat over some tea.