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Host a tea party and ward off loneliness

10 February 2022
Older person in purple!

North Herts Healthy Hub has been busy organising a series of purple themed tea parties to support older people who have experienced social isolation due to the pandemic.

So far this year the Hub, in partnership with North Herts Council and housing associations settle and First Garden Cities Homes, have run three purple themed tea parties. Purple was chosen for the theme as it denotes dignity and wisdom.

Most recently, 24 residents at Tabor Court in Letchworth were treated to a traditional afternoon tea on 1 February. Staff organising the event were dressed in purple, guests were offered a selection of purple-coloured treats and were given gift bags, which included advice on how they can seek help from organisations such as the North Herts Healthy Hub and HertsHelp - a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together to provide support to residents.

North Herts Healthy Hub would like to organise more of these events to help tackle isolation in older people across the district. Are you involved in a community group that works with older people, with access to a venue? If so, please contact the Hub and you could host your own purple tea party free of charge. 

Jeanette Thompson, Legal and Community Service Director, said: “The pandemic forced so many of us to suspend our usual activities. With restrictions lifted, our Healthy Hub team wanted to get events back up and running with a bang and put a much-needed smile back on people’s faces. That’s why we came up with this quirky get together, to inspire people to socialise, chat and laugh.”

Helen Cairns from First Garden Cities Homes added: “We are so grateful for the opportunities we have via the North Herts Healthy Hub partnership which provides these wonderful events for our residents.  Everyone was so pleased to get together and catch up, especially those who had to isolate, following the former restrictions imposed by the pandemic. There was a really good turn out and everybody had fun and something positive to say about the tea party.”

Email healthyhub@north-herts.gov.uk or call 01462 474111 to find out more.