Cocktails are recipe for fun at Sheffield loneliness project

Prior Bank Anchor Care Home, Cheery Tree Road, Sheffield,where residents and staff held a 1920s themed cocktail party.
Prior Bank Anchor Care Home, Cheery Tree Road, Sheffield,where residents and staff held a 1920s themed cocktail party.
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Care home residents were taken back to the roaring twenties at a cocktail party which shook up consultation on loneliness.

Young volunteers – who had been trained in the art of mixology by experts at The Old House bar in Sheffield city centre – poured out martinis and daiquiris at Prior Bank Care Home in Nether Edge.

South Yorkshire Housing Association organised the 1920s themed event as part of a bid for £6 million in funding for projects that will reduce loneliness and isolation in older people across Sheffield.

Musician Danny Beatie played free of charge to keep the crowds entertained.

Ruby Smith, head of personalisation, care, health and wellbeing, said: “This event has really challenged perceptions of ageing.

“Just because somebody is 96 that doesn’t automatically mean they don’t want to drink cocktails and dance to loud music!

“Everybody had a fantastic time, the older people and all the volunteers.

“It has really shown the value and brilliant enjoyment everyone can get from mixing with other generations.

“I’d really urge everyone to stop and think about what they can do in their local communities to reduce loneliness and add in some fun.”