The Grange is a Charity set up and maintained by The Grange Welfare Association. Our Day Centre has been offering a stimulating and social environment for elders, each week day from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Fridays since 1975.
A charity for elders its principal objective is to provide day care services for the elderly in the West area of Newcastle upon Tyne to help people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. The Grange is supported by approximately 1,000 members and the social club and bar profits support the Association. The Social Club provides a comfortable environment where members and friends can meet socially.
About the Centre
In December of 1968, a group of local men met informally to set up an organisation to improve the conditions of senior citizens. These men represented a broad section of the community and were the founder members of what is now the Grange Welfare Association (Charity No.: 1160937).
Initially, they provided popular bus trips during the summer for elders, purchased coal for poorer pensioners in the winter and raised funds to provide a meals on wheels van. They also opened a community centre at nearby Newburn as a drop in for pensioners.
In 1969, they passed a resolution to set aside money for the erection of a building to supply day care services for elders. After many years of hard work fundraising through monthly dances, a weekly lottery and an annual Gala Week, their goal was realised and in October 1975 the Grange Centre was opened. The building has since been extended on four separate occasions and has disabled access to all areas.
Many of our existing members/users were very much a part of this fundraising. They bought bricks for the building, which has instilled in them a real sense of ownership, which we still continue.
The Centre is very much a part of the local community, the building hosts the Grange Welfare Club popularised by a wide spectrum of the community (over 18 years of age). Day Care for elderly is provided from Monday to Friday 52 weeks of the year excluding public bank holidays. The building is a hive of activity seven days a week. Rooms are also available for private hire.
Our current goal is to raise £4000 to run ceramic sessions at Grange which has incredible health benefits for our elders, improving their quality of life in many ways.