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Festive tea party held for older people

Party held for over 90 older people at risk of isolation.


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The HOPE (Helping Older People Engage) Project, in partnership with Royal Voluntary Service Home from Hospital, Community Cars, Dial-Op, Mid-Lin At Home Service, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, have hosted a Festive Tea Party for their service users, with over 90 older people at risk of isolation this Christmas attending the festive event.

The Days Gone by Festive Tea Party, which was free to attend, was held on Tuesday 10 December at Coldside Parish Church in Dundee. Party guests tucked into sandwiches, cakes and treats, with the festivities also featuring a raffle and entertainment from Erin, the storyteller, and music from DJ Ray of Logan Entertainments.

The event was made possible with the generosity of local businesses with donations received from Blackadders, Clark’s Bakery, DC Thomsons, Greggs, Hillcrest, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Spar, Scott Brothers Butchers, Tesco, Fisher and Donaldson, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Scot Mid and the Co-op.

Neil Paterson, from the Central Library, created talking points for the party guests by taking old photos of Dundee and laminating them to make unique and personal placements for everyone attending. Rosebank Primary School also made cards for the party goers.

Dawn Balfour, Caledonia Housing Association Community Engagement Worker, said: “Winter can be a challenging time for our older communities. The HOPE annual festive event is fantastic to bring everyone together to make create new memories, with new friends, to reduce that isolation.

“We can’t thank our local communities and the businesses that support this event enough – it really is the highlight of a lot of our service users’ month.”

Maureen McLay, Hillcrest Community Engagement Officer, said: “With older people often being at most risk of isolation and loneliness, the HOPE project aims to bring people together and encourage engagement in local events and activities.

“At this time of year, with festivities going on around us, the isolation that our service users have suffered often only increases.

“As well as our regular events, this Christmas party aimed to bring some festive cheer and get everyone having a great time.”

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