Age Cymru is organising a fundraising cheese and wine event on 3 September beginning at 5pm at the Teifi Valley Day Centre next to Maes Llewelyn. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by phoning 01239 615777 or 01239 710166.
The aim of the event is to launch a new group called Grŵp Gweithgaredd Cymunedol Dyffryn Teifi (Teifi Valley Community Action Group) which will seek to breathe new life into the centre.
Age Cymru took over the running of the lunch club in 2012 from Carmarthenshire County Council which unceremoniously dumped several other clubs at the same time. Subsequently the council's propaganda machine went to work to hail the dawn of a new era. The clubs under their new management were a roaring success, we were told.
The truth, of course, was rather different. The charities running them are dependent on unpaid volunteers and grants. In the case of the Teifi Valley centre the service has gone from three to two days a week, and the numbers attending have fallen.
The reality is one of sad decline rather than success as the County Council would have it.The club in Newcastle Emlyn now meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for the frail and elderly people who attend, it is a lifeline.
Anyone who lives in a rural area such as this will be aware of elderly people living often very isolated lives and struggling to cope.
The club needs more volunteers and help to make the day centre a more attractive and vibrant place because without it, as the council knows, the result will be more people having to go into residential care.
Please make an effort to go along because one day most of us will be glad to have a service like this.