Torquay residents are being invited to join a breakfast club at an extra care community to tackle social isolation among older people.
Sanctuary’s Dunboyne Court Extra Care, on St Marychurch Road, is hosting the breakfast groups as a way of providing a common meeting point for older people from across the area to make new friends and discover other activities they might not know about.
The idea was the brainchild of Sanctuary scheme services manager Vanessa Osborne and Jennie Langridge, a community builder for the Ageing Well Torbay programme, which helps provide information for older people about events and activities in the Torbay area.
The programme, led by the Torbay Community Development Trust and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, had found that, while residents were not short of social opportunities during the week, weekends were often much lonelier times , with some people not leaving the house.
Held in Dunboyne Court’s dining area, the breakfast club runs from 10.30am to 12 noon every Saturday with everyone sitting together. Visitors can opt for a special breakfast meal deal on the day, or just buy something as simple as a cup of coffee to join in.
Vanessa Osborne said: “We’ve had a great response from the visitors who have come in for our first two sessions.
“The club is providing a good weekend social venue and people coming have not just made new friends, but in some cases learned about other, completely unrelated activities that they might not otherwise have heard about.”
To book a space with the breakfast club, call Dunboyne Court on 01803 696186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.