Helping to reduce loneliness

by | 14 May 2018 | Community Event, Rotherham, Support Group

Loneliness is something that everyone will suffer from at one point in their lives, and it blights lives across the entire spectrum of our society. In fact, a good number of people such as the elderly deal with loneliness on a daily basis. It is a huge problem and we know it affects our physical health and mental wellbeing.

Loneliness is measured by a lack of deep and meaningful interpersonal connections in a person’s life and is characterised by a deep desire to reach out and connect with others. Often, when a person reaches out, their efforts may prove to be unsuccessful and they may become depressed after a time. This depression will cause them to be reclusive and more socially isolated and this will only breed further loneliness! And so, this vicious cycle continues.
Social anxiety and shyness can prove to be an obstacle to stepping out to try and make new friends along the way, and Home Instead Rotherham are determined to help those who are lonely in our community by providing an opportunity to ‘step out’ and meet new friends in a warm, welcoming environment in the form of a Friendship Lunch.

A Friendship Lunch is an opportunity to meet friends, enjoy good food and feel uplifted by the entertainment provided and have a good laugh along the way! These lunches will provide a ‘doorstep to friendship’ to people who may not get the chance to get out of their house very often, a chance to make new friends and develop meaningful connections that they can depend on in the future.

Home Instead are looking to reach out and make a difference to the lives of people in Rotherham who may be suffering from loneliness. Their first Friendship Lunch will be held during Dementia Action Week, at Sir Jacks at Bramley, on 21st May from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, at a cost of £7.00 per head. This includes a small carvery, an ice cream and entertainment provided by a sensational Rotherham-based entertainer, Paul Anthony. Paul Anthony has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s with a touch of Irish thrown in and tributes to Tony Christie, Tom Jones, Gene Pitney and many more! It is hoped the Friendship Lunch will become a regular event!

Bookings are to be made direct with Sir Jacks at Bramley, Moorhead Way, S61 1YY on 01709 530306. If you have any queries, please contact Antoinette Bingham at Home Instead Senior Care on 01709 837170.