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The Senior Centre – Castlemilk played host to 18 delegates from the People’s Republic of China

On the 23rd of November, The Senior Centre – Castlemilk played host to 18 delegates from the People’s Republic of China. The work of the officials, who were Directors and Deputy Directors from China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, includes the creation and implementation of policy in areas such as social welfare development and the monitoring of social groups.

The delegation visited several organisations throughout the city looking to gain an insight into the function of social enterprises and how these organisations work towards promoting education, citizenship and community development in Scotland.

The delegates were welcomed to the Centre and after warming up, were given a tour of building while Centre Manager, Melanie O’Donnell, explained how The Senior Centre works towards preventing loneliness and social isolation and how this in turn promotes better physical and mental health among members. James Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, was also on hand to answer any questions about the government's role in supporting social enterprises.

Following lunch and a more formal question and answer session with the Melanie and the Board of Trustees, delegates presented the Centre with a model of the Flying Horse of Gansu as a token of their appreciation.

The Senior Centre is aims to promote the health and well-being of the older residents of Castlemilk and surrounding areas by providing classes, day trips, cafe, weekend breaks, and much more. For more information, please contact us on (0141) 634 3834 or email at office@theseniorcentre.co.uk

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