It is common known that “voluntary organisations work for the benefit
of the community, not to make a profit or to meet any statutory
obligation. They do this by acting as advocates and delivering
services. They often involve sections of society whose needs are not
met by the private or public sector. Most voluntary organisations are
working to promote equality of opportunity in some way”
(National Council for voluntary Organisations, 1990, p: 1)
“Voluntary ought to mean simply some activity or undertaking, offered
in an open and generous spirit and given freely without any hint of
(Heginbothman, 1990, p: 3)
One such voluntary organisation is the Barkhill House. It is a charity
that aims to help the frail elderly of Newtown and make their lives
better as much as possible while remaining in their own homes. The
Barkhill house Day care centre Club started in 1980 and today
continues to be successful by the fact that the number of elderly that
applies for membership is continually increasing.
How the idea of this voluntary agency came up?
In 1980, Newtown’s welfare committee decided that they wanted to do
something for the old people instead of the lunch clubs and old
people’s clubs in the town so the idea of some form of day centre came
up. Money came from social services and funded the two part time
organisers in the North and the South of the town.
What the club actually do?
This club has a programme of therapeutic activities such as dominoes,
bingo, and movement to music, quiz shows, arts and crafts, and
sing-along. Computers and parties contribute to the members’
stimulation of interest.
The fitter elderly can enjoy facilities such as indoor bowling, tea
dances, woodwork; keep fit, dressmaking and an art class because in
addition to the main purpose to help the frail elderly they must use
the space within the centre. For the members of the club counselling
assistance is also provided. In order all the elderly to be satisfied,
they are being organised different sessions for the disabled and the
more able in terms of physical condition. This happens because the
disabled can not do some of the activities that the more able do. They
are organised for them a lot of different activities on another day.
The Problems that Barkhill house faces:
It must be taken into serious consideration that despite the fact that
Barkhill house has been successful in its target, it also faces many
Ø The Barkhill house it needs money to cover the expenses that come
Ø First of all, the elderly who are members are too many and the small
number of staff find difficulties in taking care all of them, and that
is why there weekly time of attendance has been...