Chips are down for loneliness

8 May 2019 09:46
Published by: Kian French

OLDER people in Chorley were invited to a 'chippy tea' as a local law firm joined the campaign to 'End Loneliness'.

A team from Vincents hosted dinner and a quiz at the Age UK Lancashire Lifestyle Centre in Gillibrand Street.

Claire Hamilton, head of Vincents' Chorley office, said: "We know loneliness is a huge problem in our communities, and see it often with our older clients who can sometimes go days without seeing anyone.

"Age UK Lancashire is doing what it can to tackle social isolation with its End Loneliness campaign and we are very keen to get involved and play our part."

Age UK Lancashire's Lifestyle Centre offers a vast range of clubs and activities, all aimed at older people in the local area.

Book groups, gardening club and knitting are just some of the sessions available. And there is a community café which provides a space for those who prefer just to have a brew and a natter, or even a spot of lunch.

Angela Moss from Age UK Lancashire said: "It's wonderful to have the support of local businesses like Vincents and we were delighted with their idea of putting on a 'chippy tea' and encouraging people to get together and reminisce, and have a really fun time."

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