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Connecting our communities

For over half a century The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has been providing a forum for friendship and companionship to retired people in towns across the country via its local community group network.

Established initially as a charity to support former civil servants and their dependents it has evolved in recent years to offer services to those in later life. These currently include a local community group network, two national befriending schemes (Phone Buddy & National Visitors Network) and information and advice. The group network provides a valuable service to retired and older people within the community offering an important forum for friendship and companionship, educational speakers and leisure activities. The Enfield group has been running for over 35 years and is keen to attract new interest from any retired people within the town and local area.

CSRF Chief Executive David Tickner visited the group for its monthly meeting recently to show the organisation’s national support of its group services and to also help encourage new interest in the group. All the groups are run by volunteers, many of whom spent their whole careers in public service. The charity receives no government funding and relies on fundraising activities and donations to support its work and their 2019 Connecting Our Communities initiative is designed to recognise and celebrate the group networks contribution to community life.

The Enfield group meets on the first Monday of the month at 10.30am (unless a Bank Holiday when it will be the second Monday). Refreshments are available at all meetings from 10.00am. The group meets at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EG. All local retired people are very welcome to attend.

You can find out more information about the group online at www.csrf.org.uk or by contacting the Group Chairman Sue Simms on [email protected]

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