Tea dance helps con­nect

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

A lo­cal tea dance marked the launch of a new project sup­port­ing iso­lated el­derly res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Re­Con­nect, which is de­liv­ered through Healthy n Happy, aims to sup­port older peo­ple to link into lo­cal ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties, gain max­i­mum in­de­pen­dence and feel part of their com­mu­nity.

The tea dance was held at re­cently re­fur­bished com­mu­nity hub Num­ber 18 last month.

The event was well at­tended and the en­thu­si­asm shown by ev­ery­one who was there really made it an oc­ca­sion.

It fea­tured all the clas­sics, in­clud­ing the waltz and tango, with a few sur­prises also thrown in.

For a lot of the par­tic­i­pants it was a chance to roll back the years and show the younger gen­er­a­tion that were in at­ten­dance how it is done.

S a ra h A g n e w , the Re­Con­nect Project Worker, said: “The tea dance turned out to be a fan­tas­tic way to launch Re­Con­nect.

“All at­ten­dees thor­oughly en­joyed the event. This was a great op­por­tu­nity to in­form lo­cal res­i­dentsoft­he­new­pro­ject. With such a great turn out an­other one may very well be on the cards – watch this space.”

Re­Con­nect is cur­rently re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers who can help to tackle iso­la­tion, which af­fects so many older res­i­dents in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Vol­un­teers help sup­port an in­di­vid­ual to get out and about, help­ing them ac­cess ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties.

As well as sup­port­ing older res­i­dents this project is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers to in­crease their own so­cial net­works, learn and de­velop skills and ac­cess train­ing that will en­able them to ful­fil this ex­cit­ing role.

If this sounds like some­thing you would be in­ter­ested in or you would like fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Les­ley or a mem­ber of the Re­Con­nect team on 0141 641 5236 or email vol­un­teer­ing@ healthyn­happy.org.uk.

Time for tea The dance was a great suc­cess

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