By inspiring our community to care for one another, our vision is a community where every older person in Rotherfield and surrounding areas, matters.
Rotherfield is a rural village and has a higher than average number of older residents, with over 25% of the local population being aged 65 and over. Most of the beneficiaries of our charity are within the age range 70 to 95, although anyone is welcome to join us.
There are poor transport links and reduced access to services for older people. We address the resultant isolation and loneliness by offering a weekly programme of regular activities, including trips out, social gatherings, learning new skills, clubs, exercise classes, therapies, signposting, befriending, a volunteer driver scheme, holiday at home scheme, hydrotherapy and more. In short, RSM provides practical support, friendship and comfort to any member who calls on us.
Our members tell us that they want and need to feel connected to their community and RSM provides the means to do so.
Our centre is open every week day between 9 and 5, for people to phone or drop in, have coffee and cake, borrow books from our library or take part in the many different clubs and activities on offer. We also offer members access to support services and can connect them with reputable local tradespeople, carers, neighbours and other useful networks. We currently have more than 220 members and are supported by more than 100 volunteers.
- To support older residents to be active, involved and valued members of the community.
- To increase awareness of RSM’s work locally and across, and around, Wealden.
- To build a sustainable, diverse and financially resilient, community-led charity.
- To build a future proofed Community Hub that supports local residents and fosters social connections.