After a full day of engagements last week, The Duchess of Cornwall is keeping busy with visits to Cornhill Centre and Second Time Around in Banbury. Cornhill Centre is a hub run by the Royal Voluntary Services of which the Duchess is President.
The centre is run by volunteers and is used to help keep elderly people in the community active. According to WHO there will be more people over the age of 60 than under 14 for the first time in history and Banbury is committed to ensuring that the town remains "age friendly" by investing in transport access, outdoor spaces, health services and social activities. These services will help enable elderly people to continue to flourish as they continue to get older.
Camilla was greeted by Cornhill Centres youngest volunteers, seven year old Amelia and five year old Bobby. The Centre relies on volunteers like Amelia and Bobby to organise social clubs such as dancing, book and film clubs and crafts. The Duchess joined in on the dancing as she took part in a Traditional Israeli Folk Dance organised by the center. She also watched as elderly people practiced the Blackpool Bell, a line dancing number.
After visiting the Centre, the Duchess stopped by Second Time Around, a furniture restoration project which recycles unwanted or donated pieces of wooden furniture. Camilla learned about the training and volunteering services offered by the charity before trying her hand at sanding down a donated chair. xx