New recruit ready to get elderly active

A charity’s newest addition says she cannot wait to begin offering activities to isolated older people who’ve spent months alone and behind closed doors.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 11:19 am
Debbie Todd is the new activities coordinator at WiSE. Picture: Bob Griffin

Debbie Todd has joined Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) as its new activities coordinator and will be responsible for providing social events to older people across the town and its surrounding villages.

Debbie is starting the role alongside her popular business, Angels & Butterflies, which provides creative craft workshops and parties for children and adults.

“I already knew about the excellent work WiSE does for older people and felt that I have lots of skills and experience which I can bring to the role,” said Debbie.

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“As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease, I’m really looking forward to restarting the charity’s existing activities and bringing new activities to the current programme.”

She added: “At Angels & Butterflies I worked to deliver creative workshops for children and adults from 18 months old to 103, though the majority of my work was with younger children and teenagers.

“What I’ve found is that there are surprising parallels between what different age groups enjoy as when it comes down to it, we are all children at heart and sometimes it’s just about the joy of taking part and having fun.

“Most activities can be adapted to suit all ages and equipment can be modified to suit those who are less able or who are living with a disability.

“Some activities can even help to bring back memories for older people.

“During the pandemic there has been an increase in social isolation, anxiety and mental illness from the enforced lockdowns.

“Being able to restart the charity’s core activities, therefore, will really help our volunteers and friends.

“I have lots and lots of ideas and would like to gain feedback from service users to see what their interests are, as well as restarting existing popular workshops safely and in a way which will give people the confidence to attend.”

WiSE aims to enable older people to live at home while reducing social isolation.

And it also aims to support those who care for the elderly in our community.

To achieve this WiSE works independently and with community partners in order to provide activities, services and opportunities for volunteering.

For more information about the activities and events offered by WiSE visit