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Local Age UK & Small Batch get people together at Café Clubs city-wide

Published on 04 March 2020 09:24 AM

After a successful pilot, Age UK Brighton and Hove is extending its Cafe Club to every Small Batch cafe across the city. The club takes place each Monday from 10 – 11am and is an opportunity for older people to meet up for coffee, a chat and the chance to make new friends.

Venues include Goldstone Villas, Wilbury Road, Jubilee Street, Norfolk Square, Wellington House (Summer only) and Seven Dials. Members of Café Club receive a discount card which entitles them to money off drinks and each 10th drink free of charge.  

Some over 50s might enjoy meeting new people over coffee, but wouldn’t consider a more traditional ‘coffee morning’ in a community centre. As Cafe Club is now in each Small Batch, it offers a relaxed alternative, in vibrant venues across the city.

Volunteers from Age UK Brighton & Hove are at all Cafe Club events, so if interested, those attending can find out more about services for older people in the city and request information and advice appointments. Age UK Brighton & Hove can support older people on a whole range of issues including money concerns, social care and loneliness.

Rowan Hillier, Development Manager at Age UK Brighton & Hove said “We’re delighted to be working with Small Batch on this. Hopefully we’ll brighten up Monday mornings as we get people together and talking. If you want to make new friends, fancy a change of scenery or if you’re feeling lonely, just drop in. You’ll get a discount card and in time, perhaps some new friends too!”

Laura Lumsden, from Small Batch said “ Here at Small Batch we are really excited to be extending Cafe Club to our other cafes. It has been a real pleasure to get to know some of the people who attend the club regularly at Wilbury Road and we are looking forward to getting to know some more new faces.”

Age UK West Sussex and Age UK Brighton & Hove merged in July 2019. Last year the charities helped over 15,000 older people, tackling a range of issues like poverty, social care and loneliness as well as helping people make the most of later life.