Over 300 Bupa care homes, across the UK, are preparing to offer a warm welcome to older people in the community who are in need of a little company.
Following recent reports highlighting the problem of loneliness among older people who live on their own, staff and residents at Bupa’s care homes are set to put the kettle on in preparation for special Communi-tea parties which are being held in support of Communi-tea Week [Monday 15 – Sunday 21 April] – a nationwide campaign which uses tea-themed social events to help tackle the problems of isolation and loneliness in older people.
This year, Bupa’s care homes will be holding fundraising activities, such as raffles and cake stalls at their Communi-tea parties to raise money for the WRVS, a national charity which aims to help older people remain independent in their own homes and active in the local community.
Tea party guests will also be treated to Cherry Bakewell cupcakes, which were the winning entry in the recent Bupa Bake Off, a national competition to find the official Communi-tea Week sweetbake. The competition, which was hosted by well-known TV baker Brendan Lynch, proved very popular, attracting entries from around Great Britain.
Siobhan Drane, Bupa Care Homes’ community partnerships manager, said: “Loneliness amongst older people living on their own is far too common as they struggle to get around as easily and become more dependent on others visiting. This is a great opportunity for them to have a natter and a bit of fun with people from their local area, both young and old – and in addition it’s raising valuable funds for a charity which works to keep this problem at bay.”
Anyone wanting further information on Communi-tea Week can call 0845 600 4622. For details of the winning entry in the Bupa Bake Off visit bupa.co.uk/bakeoff
5th April 2013 no comments