A new Leyland coffee club received a visit from the borough’s number one citizen.
The Mayor of South Ribble attended the launch of the club for elderly, isolated and disabled people in the community at St John’s Church on Leyland Lane, Leyland, on Friday.
Designed to give folk a chance to get together for a chat or just get out of the house for a while, it is the idea of Leyland Coun Susan Snape.
The Reverend Alistair McHaffie, of St John’s Church, Leyland, who attended the launch, said: “It wasn’t really instigated by the church, it’s been Coun Susan Snape.
“She wanted to set up a regular coffee club in Leyland for those who aren’t able to get out of the house.
“She asked could she set up a coffee club at the church.”
He added: “We’re very happy to do that. We run youth clubs and children’s clubs and luncheon clubs and do a form of coffee club on a Wednesday, but Friday afternoon was free and we’re very happy to do something like that for the community.
“I was there from the beginning and I think a good number passed through, when I was there probably a dozen, 14, or 15, so it’s an encouraging start and we’ll see how it develops.”
Coun Snape has started the new scheme in Moss Side and Earnshaw Bridge.
There are refreshments costing 25p each, newspapers and books for them to read, card games and dominoes to play and just tables and chairs to chat.
Citizens Advice are there, too.
The aim is for the clubs to be a fortnightly event, alternating between Moss Side and Earnshaw Bridge.
The first club took place on Friday, October 2, between 2pm and 4.30pm at Moss Side Community Centre.
Age UK has said urgent action is needed to prevent isolation among older people reaching ‘epidemic proportions’ by 2030. The warning in a report by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre UK has come amid concerns about how Britain will cope with its ageing population in the coming years. Loneliness and isolation has become a ‘serious issue’ nationwide, according to the organisations, with a significant proportion of the older generation relying on the television for their only source of company.