Afternoon teas bringing seniors ‘together’ during lockdown

Bill Stewart receiving his afternoon tea goodie bag.
Bill Stewart receiving his afternoon tea goodie bag.

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The clients of a Kintyre charity which serves people aged 60 and over are being treated to a monthly afternoon tea while their usual social activities are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For five months, all Shopper-Aide clients the length and breadth of Kintyre have been delivered a goodie bag containing a variety of items including cakes purchased from local establishments and quiz sheets.

Shopper-Aide is very grateful to have received funding from sources including the Jolly Monday Show, NFU, The Rotary Club of Campbeltown and Age Scotland which allowed this popular event to take place.

A spokesperson added: ‘Although we don’t have a sponsor for October we do for November and December and are planning some festive treats for clients to look forward to.’

As restrictions changed over the summer months some clients were able to meet with a neighbour, family or Shopper-Aide staff member in their garden at a socially acceptable distance to enjoy the afternoon tea together.

Where this was not possible, Shopper-Aide ‘phone buddies’ joined together to take part in the quiz.

As lockdown measures continued to change, the charity adapted to suit the rules and, when necessary, some clients have been supported by a Shopper-Aide worker in their own home to enable those most at risk of becoming socially isolated to enjoy being part of the event.

The afternoon tea event has been very well received by clients and their families and has been something everyone has looked forward too.

Age Scotland’s Community Development Officer, Jo Cowan, is delighted that its Community Grant Programme has been able to support Shopper-aide in spreading a bit of joy to older people in local communities.

She said: ‘Shopper-Aide’s vital services help older people enjoy later life in so many ways: keeping socially connected, staying active, maintaining health and well-being, and having fun!

‘The virtual afternoon teas are a great success, and a lovely way of people being able to feel they are “together” even when having to be apart.’