Party marks success of scheme to tackle loneliness
Jeremy Lefroy MP and Karen Armitage, the Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) were amongst special guests at a party to celebrate the success of a project that’s combatting loneliness in Stafford and surrounding areas.
BeConnected has proved a huge hit since it was launched last year, bringing together people who may be feeling isolated or lonely for a programme of events organised by SARH in partnership with Stafford Borough Council.
Dozens of people took up the opportunity to take part in a range of fun and free activities including arts, crafts, gardening and exercise classes. At the same time, the project has helped them to make new friends and engage with the wider community, including volunteers recruited as part of the project.
During the party at St Bertelin’s Church Hall in Holmcroft Road, Stafford, Mr Lefroy said: “It’s lovely to be invited to this party which celebrates an excellent project that’s so important to people who may find themselves on their own following the loss of a loved one, for example.”
As well as tucking into a fantastic buffet lunch, guests at the party also enjoyed a dance and sing-along led by local artist Holly Reynolds who performed a string of hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
BeConnected Project Worker, Susan Cooke, commented: “Everyone had a thoroughly great time and the party proved a fitting way to celebrate a programme that has already made a real difference to the lives of those who’ve taken part.
“It’s also provided a boost for carers, giving them the opportunity for a well-earned break and also the volunteers who’ve really enjoyed the chance to support their local community.”