New service to prevent older people feeling socially isolated

  • Older people who live by themselves in Lingfield and Tandridge district will be able to get out of the house more thanks to a new service.

    Age UK Surrey is running a new event in partnership with Tandridge District Council with funding from Surrey County Council's adult social services, reports East Grinstead Courier. /images/careandsupport.jpg

    The first event, named "Tea and Talk" will be held at the Douglas Brunton Centre on Tuesday the 8th. Free transport will also be provided for people across Tandridge who are unable to get there themselves.

    The event will offer numerous actives such as knitting groups, reminiscence boxes and a workshop on wired floral displays. The main aim of the event is to give older people the chance to get out of the house and socialise with others in a safe environment.  

    This initiative is part of a wider project called ‘Making Connections.' The other part of this service is designed to help those who do not wish to get out and find new interest to join without having to go alone. Trusted volunteers will arrange to visit, find out what the person enjoys and then arrange to accompany them for a while.

    Kerry Carter from Age UK Surrey said: "We are looking forward to getting together with many older people from the community to enjoy a chat, a few activities and a cup of tea. Anyone feeling a bit unsure can always give us a ring first."

    Olga Salenius, community support manager at Tandridge District Council, added: "I am delighted that we have been able to work closely with Age UK Surrey to introduce this new service to Tandridge. Surrey County Council's funding has enabled us to use local facilities to help support our older residents. Tea and Talk is just one of many projects we are helping to develop across the district with [the county council's] support."

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