Staff and service users at Triangle Community Services Home Care in Thurrock celebrated the fifth anniversary of their fortnightly coffee club on Monday 5 September 2016.
The Thurrock home care service, established in 2006, is a subsidiary of the national charity Friends of the Elderly. It offers care and support to older people, so they can live well in their homes for as long as possible. The coffee club was established five years ago as a way of getting people out of their homes and into a more social setting.
Around 20 older people, plus Triangle Home Care Thurrock’s staff and volunteers, marked the anniversary with balloons, cake, singing and dancing.
The coffee club is a lifeline to older people affected by loneliness, giving them something to look forward to and an opportunity to socialise with other people.
Joyce Buttress, 84, recently lost her husband of 64 years, she said, “This club is very important as it encourages me to get out and meet other people in similar situations. Places like this are a lifeline to people like me.”
Georgina Quy, 76, added, “It’s marvellous here. The staff are very caring and the confidence they give me when I am here is amazing. I had an accident two years ago which makes it hard for me to get around but today they had me up dancing!”
Janet Hawthorn, Director of Care at Triangle Community Services, said, “I’m delighted that Thurrock is celebrating five years of its coffee club. Over the past five years, the coffee club has welcomed in around 90 older people. The staff and volunteers here will always go the extra mile to make sure that everyone feels welcome and enjoys themselves and today has been no exception.
“It’s heart-warming to hear people say how much they enjoy coming along, for some it’s the only time that they go out.”