Combatting over 50s isolation at new Virtual Creative Café


Weekly get-togethers for fun and casual crafting hope to help those feeling alone

A new Virtual Creative Café has been set up to help combat feelings of isolation for the over 50s.   The online sessions offer a chance to try casual crafting and have fun with other people.

The weekly get-togethers have been organised by the team at The Mill Arts Centre and are aimed at Sanctuary Housing tenants and others from the local community who might be suffering from loneliness.

Prior to the pandemic, research in 2016 by Age UK showed that 1.4 million over-50s experienced loneliness.   Half a million older people said they went at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.   The periods of lockdown during the last year have only amplified the situation.

The Virtual Creative Café is hoping to help combat that.

The sessions are free to attend and no previous experience is needed.   The Mill Arts Centre says some support can be offered with art materials if needed.

The sessions will be led by tutor Tom Cross and held weekly via Zoom. The first one is scheduled to take place next Tuesday (May 11) from 10am-11:30am.   Further sessions will be held on Thursday May 13 from 11:30am-1pm and again from 2pm-3:30pm.

Anyone interested in joining in can email

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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