Brighton Campaign Tackles Loneliness With Tea
Have you heard the saying “a cup of tea solves everything”? Although technically this may not be entirely true, Brighton based campaign A Cuppa’s Best Shared certainly helps towards tackling loneliness within our communities.
The campaign hopes to raise funds for Time to Talk Befriending. This is a small, Brighton based charity that encourages intergenerational friendships and outreach to older communities. Working specifically with vulnerable older people who may experience chronic loneliness and social isolation.
Chronic loneliness may sound trivial, but it is indeed a very real form of suffering. To some, it may seem ironic that loneliness is such a problem when we live in a technological age that is supposed to help keep people connected. However, this desperate form of isolation is in fact extremely common, and is something that needs to be more talked about.
Approximately 41% of over 65’s living in Brighton are living on their own
The older generation are more easily affected due to immobility or inability to leave the house, family members or friends who may have passed away, or a fear of busy locations. It has been proven that loneliness is said to induce more anxiety than financial or health issues.
What A Cuppa’s Best Shared proposes, is that anyone who brings an older person with them to Marwood Bar & Cafe in central Brighton will get a free tea for yourself and your elderly friend. The campaign hopes to encourage younger people to respect and honour their older generations, whilst helping older people overcome their feelings of isolation and invisibility. Simply pop into The Marwood on Ship St to claim your free tea pass!
So although a cup of tea may not exactly be able to solve everything, you can certainly help a lonely person overcome their fears of being lonely by participating in this scheme. So ring your neighbour’s doorbell, call your grandmother, post a letter through the door of your local care home, and take a friend for a free cuppa today.
If you would like to learn more about the campaign, see their website.