Tea dance helps connect
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