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Weymouth cafe launches scheme to help beat loneliness

Weymouth cafe launches scheme to help beat loneliness

Published by George Sharpe at 8:31am 9th January 2020. (Updated at 8:33am 9th January 2020)

Palm House Cafe is connecting the young and old

A Weymouth Cafe is launching a new scheme to help beat loneliness.

Palm House Cafe's connecting the young and old with their new Young @ Heart club.

The young and the young at heart are both being invited to take part in their new club to help tackle loneliness, particularly amongst older people. 

1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible, according to Age UK. 3.6 million older people in the UK live on their own.

Nigel Simms-Duff, owner of the Palm House Cafe said:

"Our idea is to bring older people who may be lonely or isolated in their homes, together with some of our younger customers here at the Palm House.

"I think mainly it's going to benefit the older people so it gives them a purpose to maybe just get out of their homes because there'll be a reason to come down just to engage and play or  read to a little child.

"It'll just give them a purpose to just come out and feel like they are a part of our community, they are valued, they've got a lot of life experience."

He says the benefits will be mutual though:

"Children just take people at face value, they won't care, they'll just go in there. If someone's going to read to them, great, if someone's going to help them build a lego model, even better. There's definitely mutual benefits."

Young @ Heart, which starts in February is totally free of charge and encourages families and their children to sit with older people and chat with them. Refreshments, books ames, and jigsaws will all be provided.

They're encouraging people to invite anyone they know who might be interested

From 3rd February it'll take place on the first Monday of every month at 10am-12pm in the Palm House's Palm Room.