Virtual coffee catch-ups to help Billericay retirees combat loneliness

Cup of coffee

Article by Ian Payne: In an attempt to help tackle loneliness and isolation among older people, Dame Esther Rantzen DBE and Churchill Retirement Living are holding a series of virtual 'Catch Up Over Coffee' events.

These sessions also give people in Billericay, Essex, a chance to raise money for The Silver Line Charity by getting together online as Churchill will donate £5 to the older people's helpline for everyone who attends the virtual events or books an appointment to visit one of its local developments until February 27.

Churchill’s ambassador, Dame Esther Rantzen, will attend some of the events to share stories from her career and talk about the importance of keeping connected during the current lockdown.

The Silver Line, which Esther founded in 2012, operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.

The virtual event at Billericay’s Meadow Lodge development will take place via an online link on Thursday, February 18.

Call 0800 458 1857 or click here to request a link and guide to join this event, or find out about further events taking place during February and March.

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE said:

"This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people online and find out more about the lifestyle on offer with Churchill Retirement Living, using the miracle of a virtual visit, all from the comfort of your own home. I’m looking forward to meeting people for a good online conversation, and I’m delighted that the company is donating £5 to The Silver Line for everyone who attends, helping us to provide support and advice for many older people at this difficult time."

Churchill’s regional marketing manager, Anne Scherrer, said:

“Many people have found themselves feeling lonely and isolated during the pandemic, but with brighter days ahead now is the perfect time to think about a fresh start and a new lifestyle. These events give people a chance to connect over a cup of coffee, and find out more about the sense of community on offer at our developments, where people can enjoy an independent, hassle-free retirement."

Article by Ian Payne, InYourArea