Social isolation research sparks over 55s society in North Hull

Martin Young, Pauline Higgins and Pete Spiers, all staff at The Orchard Community Cafe.
Martin Young, Pauline Higgins and Pete Spiers, all staff at The Orchard Community Cafe.

For HU6 residents, aged over 55, Unity in Community (Unity) is launching a social society, starting with a social event on Valentine’s Day at the Orchard Community Cafe at 1:00pm.

The cafe will host an afternoon social event for anyone over the age of 55 to attend. The event will include a lunch special, refreshments, music and chat. Staff plan to give residents an afternoon to remember. The aim is to create a society for regular meetings and events at the Orchard Community Cafe.

Liam Woods is the Project Manager at Unity. He says: “We have previously planned activity for the over 55s living in HU6 but when we saw the study completed by the London School of Economics (LSE), it became apparent that we need to do more to fight the loneliness disease, which is becoming prevalent throughout the UK.

“The Valentine’s afternoon puts a different spin on the singles events and we hope local residents take the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

“To assist with numbers for catering, anyone interested in attending this event should reserve a place by calling us on 01482 852292.

“Unity has a vision to make HU6 a great place to live for all residents. A number of initiatives are helping people gain qualifications, get into work and set up a business. We operate a foodbank and the Orchard Community Cafe which is subsided by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, provides home-cooked meals, breakfasts, snacks and beverages at very low prices. The Cafe is in the process of setting up as a Community Interest Company (CIC) which gives ownership to the team who are currently running it.

“The Orchard Community Cafe opened in November last year, located inside the Orchard Centre on Orchard Park Road. It has been very popular with staff working in the centre as well as local residents, many of whom come along to meet other people.”

The London School of Economics (LSE) studied 11,000 English people over the age of 50. Participants were quizzed on their social interactions every two years between 2002 and 2008. It found patterns and a definite decline in memory.

For more information please find Unity in Community on Facebook @UICHU6.

[Jess Clark – Divine Clark PR]