Older people help shape Middlesbrough café meet ups
By One Giant Leap
Thursday 07 Sep 2017 10:30:00
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Ageing Better Middlesbrough and Debenhams are celebrating the successful launch of a new café meet up at the town centre department store.

More than 40 people attended the launch party in Debenhams third floor restaurant last week (31 August) and shared their ideas on how to develop the social space for Middlesbrough residents aged 50 and over.  

Café Meet Ups are an initiative set up by Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a Big Lottery funded project that is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people.  

The get-togethers offer a safe space for Ageing Better members and anyone else who wants to go along, to have a chat and a cuppa and feel more connected to their community.

Rebecca Hughes, Information and Marketing Officer at Ageing Better Middlesbrough said: “It was brilliant to see so many people come out for the launch and the first proper meet up yesterday (4 September). We are really grateful for the hard work and support from Debenhams too, particularly the lovely restaurant staff.  

“We asked people how they would like these social events to develop and will work to bring these ideas to life. We hope this continues to be a popular session and helps bring more people together.”

Geoff Kerr-Morgan, 63, an Ageing Better Middlesbrough member and volunteer attended the launch. He said: “It was a great event meeting new people. I nearly lost my voice speaking to everyone. People were so animated speaking to me about their memories of Middlesbrough and I noticed lots of new friendships being developed.”

The Debenhams Café Meet Up will continue on the first Monday of the month. Other sessions are held at Marks and Spencer Café, Hillstreet Centre, every Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm, and at Jean's Kitchen, Dundas Arcade, on the third Wednesday of the month from 10am to midday.   

Ageing Better Middlesbrough has a free membership for people to join, helping people stay connected to the community. Members receive regular newsletters and what's on guides.  

To find out more about the project and to join go to www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk

or call 01642 257034 

Photo: Getting together for a chat and a cuppa at Debenhams first Café Meet up

L-R: Ageing Better member Geoff Kerr-Morgan, Ageing Better member Annette Hughes, Programme Manager Michelle Dawson, Ageing Better member Donald Rycroft

Cafe Meet Ups

 



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