Afternoon teas 'massive' success at reducing loneliness

• The community enjoys an afternoon tea.

The Opening Doors Project has thanked the National Lottery for funding its afternoon tea activities which it says have had a “massive impact” on reducing loneliness and isolation in the community.

The charity now plans to fundraise so that it can continue with the popular ‘Let’s Get Together’ social event in the New Year.

Money provided by the Lottery’s Local Connections Fund has paid for a regular spread of quality sandwiches and cakes at the project’s base at St Nathanael’s Church for the last four months.

However, it is not just the tasty food that has made the initiative a success but the chance for visitors to meet others from the community.

As many as 65 people have been attending the event which has included a game of  bingo for those who wanted it. 

Gayle Connor-McCreith, coordinator at the Opening Doors Project, said they have been very pleased with the event’s success. “It has brought that many people together that would basically just be stuck in the house,” she said, “People have told us they have really loved it, that they think it’s absolutely great.

“They feel more involved in the community and more connected. And now they have started to go to other things as well.

“Some of the pensioners have even been going to the Boxercise fitness class!”

Saying that the charity will seek more funding from the National Lottery and hold fundraising events, Gayle said that the afternoon teas will continue and even expand.

In the meantime, however, the charity is grateful for money already recieved. “We would like to say a big thank you to the National Lottery Local Connections Fund for funding our Lets Get Together project,” the charity boss said, “It has made such a massive impact in people’s lives in a short space of time.” 


This blog story appeared in December issue of Walton Herald. 



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