Rebuilding Her Life

Margaret Perry tells us in her own words the difference LinkAge has made to her life. As is so often the case after a loved one passes away, Margaret lost a lot of her former confidence and struggled to re-connect with people when her husband died. A good friend suggested she try a LinkAge activity to help her get out and about and slowly but surely Margaret is on her way to rebuilding her life.

Margaret spent 10 years nursing her husband through illness.  When he died, she found it nerve-wracking to go out and meet new people as she hadn’t been involved in anything for so long.  

A friend suggested she attend the LinkAge Social Dance at the Southville Centre where she found a warm welcome and she enjoyed the dancing and the live music.  At the dance, she also found out about the LinkAge Advisory Group.  Margaret says “I was worried I would sit there like a lemon and not contribute, but once I got there everyone was really friendly”.

Margaret has been involved with LinkAge for about 18 months now.  As well as attending the regular social dances, she has joined the LinkAge Cinema Club and, through LinkAge, she has found out about other activities in the local area such as a bingo club and lunch club.  

After so many years putting others before herself,  Margaret is really enjoying her new life and her family are happy to see her make new friends and gain confidence.   “I love being with people.  My children are really proud of me”. Margaret now encourages other people she meets to get in touch with LinkAge, “I don’t know what I would have done without LinkAge” she says.