Can you think of anything you like more than a cup of tea and a chat with someone you love? Did you know that more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member?
We don’t want this to happen in our community, which is why East Greenwich Residents Association and Emergency Exit Arts have joined forces to create the People’s Parlour The People's Parlour provides creative workshops, conversation and cups of tea to help East Greenwich’s older residents feel less alone and make East Greenwich a better place to live. In the short period of time since we first piloted the project, we’ve helped over 80 local elderly people feel more connected: to each other, to their creative selves and to the wider community of East Greenwich.
I live on my own. Without this I am stuck on my own. This is very important. I hope we can continue in the future.MF. aged 82 People’s Parlour participant and local resident
These weekly gatherings are now so popular that we need to expand our project to accommodate more people... and this is where you come in:
You Can Shine Your Light...Donate to ensure the longevity of this invaluable project and support the mid-Winter celebration, hosted by the People's Parlour. On Thursday 14 December a spectacular lantern procession will weave its way around our local streets for the people living in/near East Greenwich. With your help we can all celebrate the wonderful community spirit that shines through the elderly people we support. We will be holding free lantern making workshops in schools and community spaces in advance of the day, before coming together in a spectacular procession around East Greenwich.
We can’t do this without your support. So please #ShineALight on our local elderly communities by contributing towards this campaign with a generous donation.
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