Felixstowe Old People’s Welfare (FOPWA) are a valuable asset to the community of Felixstowe . Felixstowe Town Council licences the use of Broadway House as a ‘Drop in’ Centre for Senior citizens and provides a caretaker. Council has representatives on the association’s committee.
The Senior Citizens Centre is “open house” to the over 60’s – both resident and visitors to Felixstowe. It is not a Club, so you don’t have to “join” or pay a membership fee, to be able to come in. It is provided as a haven for Senior Citizens to rest, have some tea/coffee or other light refreshments, meet or make new friends, use the Wi-Fi facility or just sit quietly in the company of others. Come by yourself or with someone else and stay for a few minutes or a few hours. No Medical or respite care services are provided. The centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm.
FOPWA are also responsible for “The Hut” located beside the promenade and very close to the public highway. It provides visitors with a unique venue to enjoy the sea-side away from their usual environment. It is not available for the purposes of raising money (fund-raising) from members of the general public, but of course visitors are free to arrange raffles/draws or other fund-raising activities from among those in the group visiting on that day. It is open from about the 1st April to the middle of October. In line with the objectives of the Association, visitors are groups from elderly residential homes, senior citizen clubs, church elderly peoples groups, and nursing and care homes, hospice and hospital groups and ailment support groups.
Cllr Sharon Harkin is the Town Council’s representative to the Felixstowe Old Peoples Welfare Association.