With a growing older population sometimes its difficult to find time to visit loved ones which doesn’t help the increased feeling of loneliness and isolation.
However thanks to Becky Berry a volunteer at St Marys Centre in Burley-In-Wharfedale, loneliness is now a thing of the past for those attending the Cuppa, Cake and Company sessions.
Whilst working as a volunteer, Becky realised that she wanted to do something that would encourage elderly members of the community to get out, visit the centre and make friends whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
With the support from other volunteers, Becky carried out some research to find out how the community felt and if they would be interested in attending these sessions. With a overwhelming positive response in feedback, Becky then set off to get the group going by submitting an application for Community Chest funding which was successful.
All the volunteers worked hard with setting up the group, planning the sessions and they received help from Creative Support and the local Nursing Home. The group has developed further and now has links in with the local primary school that have visited and sung for the group.
Becky now regularly manages the sessions independently with “Goldies” the singing group and she is responsible for all events, funding and volunteers as well as the Cuppa and Cake!