Everything can be solved with a cup of tea and according to Carol, a volunteer from Loveworks, you can go a long way to overcoming loneliness in older life.
Carol is the lead volunteer for the Loveworks Cuppa Tea Club, a monthly social event for elderly residents of Redhill, Reigate, Nutfield, Merstham and Horley.
The group meets at the Arkle Manor, one Thursday a month. Carol and a group of 6 volunteers arrange activities for the men and women who attend, including arts and crafts and quizzes.
It gives the group the opportunity to socialise and have fun, it also helps to build confidence.
Loveworks collaborate with Age Concern who provides the transport to the event. Everyone is collected and taken to the club, so it is limited in the number of people that can attend. Carol told us, ‘We would love to invite more people but we have no transport. This is the biggest challenge for the club which is currently limited to 12 people a month. People are invited on a rota basis to make it fair and allow everyone who would like to attend to be involved.”
Carol believes her role as a volunteer is very rewarding, “I love getting to know people and on the occasion someone will come to the club with barriers up or a little shy, breaking through this and seeing the person beneath blossom, come to life and hearing there story is a real joy.”
A big thank you to Carol and her team of volunteers for their support.
Cuppa Tea Club visits Gatton Park
In 2016, our Cuppa Tea Club took older people on trips out in the community. We visited Gatton Park for an afternoon tea with a difference. The group were able to hear about the history of the park, toured the beautiful landscape gardens designed by Capability Brown, as well as enjoying their tea, cake and sandwiches. View the video of their day below to see how much both Mick and June enjoyed their visit to Gatton – including Mick’s love of tea and sandwiches!
If you know of someone living on their own who may enjoy being part of these types of excursions getting out and about and meeting new people, give us a call.
Watch the video below and for further information call 07912 628 013.