IT’S simply afternoon tea to you and me, but for some of the older people in Warrington such a social occasion could be a lifeline.
A housing association hosted the get together during the summer holidays to bring the generations together and so help tackle social isolation.
The free event was held by Warrington Housing Association (WHA) at one of its retirement accommodation schemes, Lyons Court, Latchford.
Support was provided by WHA’s LifeTime service, which hosts activities and groups for all Warrington residents aged 50 and above, in order to tackle rising social isolation amongst older people in the town.
More than 25 people came together to meet new friends over tea, coffee and cake during national Afternoon Tea Week.
Jasmine Hayes, aged 8 from Penketh, attended with her grandad Derek. She said: “The afternoon was amazing.”
Andrea Rees, WHA’s LifeTime officer, said: “Here at WHA, we know how important it is to form friendships to live healthy lives – that’s why we planned our intergenerational afternoon tea party, where Warrington folk, old and young could enjoy tea, cake and a chat.
“Hearing the conversations that the different generations were having was lovely. Friendships can be formed no matter what your age difference and we can all learn new things from each other, whether that is the young teaching the old about new technologies and trends, or the old passing on their life experience to the younger generations.
“Our aim from events like this is to bring a sense of a community back into Warrington to help to make Warrington a happy and safe place to live and we will look forward to continuing with this work.”
Photo: Left to right, Derek Knowles, Andrea Savage, Jasmine Hayes, Janet Howard. Image courtesy of Warrington Housing Association