Angel Place has announced Active Living at Victoria Park Community Centre as the winner of its ‘Best of Bridgwater’ campaign, with the local group receiving £1,000 in additional funding from the shopping centre.

Angel Place launched the initiative in a bid to show support for local organisations, businesses and social enterprises, which offer projects, activities, schemes and skills opportunities for the benefit of the greater good.

Following submissions from a host of brilliant associations and groups across the town, Active Living at Victoria Park Community Centre was selected for its tireless work in providing a programme of events for over 50s who would like the chance to get out and meet others.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month – with the exception of August – from 9.45am for two hours, where for £1.50 visitors can take part in activities, gentle exercises, receive advice and forge new friendships. From September, meetings will change to10.30am to allow members to take advantage of the community centre’s over 55s lunch offer of a three-course lunch for £5.

A committee of volunteers organise regular opportunities for the group to go on trips that members themselves have requested. The away days are subsidised, so very affordable and also suitable for people with disabilities.

Ann Lee, secretary at Active Living at Victoria Park Community Centre, said: “Our dedicated committee is made up of members who are have a passion towards bringing our community together. We encourage our members to get out and about, make new friends and keep active whilst also ensuring that they receive up-to-date information and advice about important matters. We currently have a lovely group of members and are always happy to welcome new faces.”

A spokesperson for Angel Place Shopping Centre said: “Best of Bridgwater has been a truly rewarding and inspiring experience for everyone involved and has enabled us to grow a deeper connection with the community.

“We are so impressed by all the applications and there were many deserving causes, but after careful consideration it was Active Living at Victoria Park Community Centre which stood out the most for us.

“The volunteers have so much passion and drive for what they do in ensuring that older members of the community have a place which is just for them. Having companionship and camaraderie with our peers is hugely important for tackling loneliness and isolation, which left unaddressed can impact on self-care and mental health.

“We are delighted to be able to provide the group with £1,000 which will go a long way in helping others reap wonderful benefits from what it offers,” said the spokesperson. “The campaign has introduced us to many wonderful individuals and organisations and really highlighted how much the people of Bridgwater are committed to making the town even more of a welcoming and inclusive place for all.”