Day Centre for the Elderly
In November 2003, we started to
provide meals for the elderly and disadvantaged in Baku at a restaurant close to
Fizuli Square. The project, managed by Dr. Larissa, provided one hot meal a week
for 50 people, and also food to take away for the homeless of Baku.
Meals being served to the elderly of Baku
This project established the need in
Baku for a dedicated facility for the provision of food, warmth and
companionship for a very vulnerable section of the population. The
Caledonian Society, BOS Şelf, the Wee Helping
Hands Club and CSA supported Dr. Larissa in her desire to
renovate a building provided by the Ministry of Health for this purpose.
In September 2005, the renovation
and furnishings of the building financed by the Caledonian Society
were completed. The new dining and kitchen facilities were opened with a
celebratory lunch attended by representatives of all the donors.
Opening of the day centre for the elderly and
homeless in Baku
The Caledonian Society
remains committed to meeting the running costs of the Centre and to fund meals a
couple of days per week. The Wee Helping Hands Club, although disbanded
meanwhile due to oil projects closure, raised enough funds to keep supporting
the centre. All funds are administered by CSA.
CSA also organised trips to BPís
Caspian Energy Centre.
In 2010 the elderly were treated to
another lunch out and were entertained by a visiting Irish band. Liza
Martin's quilting group raised money to buy kitchen equipment and Trina
and Derek McIntyre paid for new kitchen units.
In 2009, BP's Shaz Deniz raised AZN 1000 and after
consultation with the elderly, blankets and washing powder were bought with the
In 2008, Community Shield Azerbaijan's late summer treat for 50
seniors was a great success. The Holiday Inn generously provided lunch,
and musical entertainment came courtesy of The Caledonian Society,
sponsor of meals at the Centre. The Scottish performers had strong competition
from the senior citizens, who delivered an ambitious programme of 'golden
oldies'. The day ended with Bingo and prizes were donated by New World
and Citimart supermarkets.