A new Companionship Café has opened in north Leeds to help combat loneliness among elderly people.
It is hoped the café in Roundhay will provide an opportunity for people to meet and ward off social isolation.
Launched by Home Instead Senior Care, a company which provides care in the home for elderly people in north Leeds, Wetherby and the surrounding area, the café will run on the last Monday of every month at Terry Yorath House in Devonshire Close from 10.30am to midday.
Simon White, owner of the local Home Instead office, who is behind the venture, said: “The café will provide an opportunity for anyone, their carers, friends and family members and others just looking for company to come to meet, to reminisce, to share experiences or just get out of the house. Loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Being lonely has a significant and lasting negative effect on blood pressure.
“Social interaction helps keep your brain from getting rusty, but it’s most effective when coupled with an overall healthy lifestyle. We wanted to offer a place for people to come and have a chat over a cup of tea and some cake, while enjoying some entertainment and even a bit of exercise.”
The first café was held earlier this week and the entertainment included a singer, a chance to try chairobics and a craft stall.
The next café will take place on October 31 with a ‘through the decade’ theme and will include a quiz and chairobics session. The £2 entrance fee covers refreshments, entertainment and free entry to a raffle. For more details call 01937 220510 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/wetherby.