Warm welcome for older people at cafe

Guests at Journey Cafe
Guests at Journey Cafe

Older people in Lancashire have been enjoying a project to get them more involved in the arts.

The Dukes, in Lancaster, is celebrating the success of its pioneering project with Age UK Lancashire to attract older people and their families to events.

The project has been short-listed for a national award.

The organisations joined forces in the autumn to arrange a series of events, sponsored by A Jones & Co. Solicitors of Lancaster. These included a dance performance, film screening and discussion.

There was also a special Journey Cafe (pictured) where people could socialise and find information on issues affecting older people

The events were open to all, but particularly targeted at people with dementia and family members who can have difficulty finding activities to enjoy outside of a traditional care setting.

Assistance was also provided for people having difficulty travelling to the events.

The project has now reached the semi-finals of the £50,000 Ageing Well Challenge Prize.

The challenge is being run by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and aims to identify new sustainable ideas which can influence and mobilise communities to make significant reductions to isolation experienced by older people.