72% of elderly people spend at least 1 entire day on thier own. We provide a space for elderly people to come together once a week and socialise with each other and people of other ages. With your help we can provide a space where elderly people can go every day of the week, meet others or all ages, feel supported and safe and feel part of the community
Loneliness can be felt by people of all ages, but as we get older, factors that lead to loneliness begin to increase. Older people loose mobility, have a lower income and suffer many bereavements. Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health. Social networks and friendships not only have an impact on reducing the risk of mortality or developing certain diseases, but they also help individuals to recover when they do fall ill.
At least 600 elderly people will have access to the cafe and activities. This project will reduce loneliness and isolation for older people as well as increase their mental, physical and financial wellbeing. By utilising volunteers and young people it will enable relationships to be built between old and young people. By getting older people involved in the development of the cafe it will enable older people to contribute towards their community and for the community to learn from them.
Our projects work with up to 250 each week providing them with a source of free healthy nutritious food, mainly sourced from surplus, which enables many families to eat for the rest of the week. With more funding we can provide these adults with cooking lessons enabling families to eat well for a lifetime. With more funding we will reach 150 this year.