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No one should have no one

29 November 2016

No one should have no one at Christmas 


Age UK Barnsley will be launching a new project to address loneliness on 2nd December. Christmas is a time of year when the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more and loneliness is more keenly felt. For about 2,500 older people in the Barnsley area loneliness is a daily reality.


In response, we will be opening our ‘pop-up’ Christmas Friendship Café where older people can pop in for a free hot drink and mince pie. Most importantly, our team of friendly volunteers will be on hand to make everyone feel welcome and to have a chat and provide a listening ear. 


The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Linda Burgess, will officially open the Christmas Friendship Café at 10:00am on Friday 2nd December. It will be in our One Stop Shop at 31-33 Eldon Street, Barnsley town centre. All older people are welcome to pop in for a cuppa and a chat.


The Christmas Friendship Café will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December (2nd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th and 21st). Tesco is kindly donating hot drinks for the Café.


While you are in the shop please place a Christmas message/wish on our Christmas tree.  Each message/wish star costs only £2.50 and all money raised will help us to support lonely older people this Christmas.  Our message stars have been kindly sponsored by UK Carpet Wholesale.