Tea parties tackle isolation

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LOCAL Bupa care homes in and around Eastbourne are using Britain’s favourite brew to reach out to older people in the community who may be in need of a friendly face.

Care homes in Polegate and Eastbourne are taking the lead by hosting tea parties for Communi-tea Week (March 12-18), a nationwide campaign which uses tea-themed social events to help tackle the problems of isolation and loneliness in older people.

Elstree Court Nursing Centre in Eastbourne is hosting a series of tea parties, including a visit from a local storyteller to entertain residents and visitors, from March 12-14.

Home manager Caroline Soriano said, “Reaching out over a cup of tea could make a real difference to anyone feeling lonely or who may be struggling on their own, so Communi-tea Week is all about getting together over a friendly cuppa.

“Anyone who wants to come along and join us will be guaranteed a warm welcome. ”

The Polegate Nursing Centre and Haven Nursing Centre both welcome guests on Friday March 16.