Know Your Neighbour: Good food and chat with new friends

Brian and Phylliss Wilkinson dancing to entertainment at a community lunch held by the Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield.
Brian and Phylliss Wilkinson dancing to entertainment at a community lunch held by the Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield.
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Friendships can be formed in a number of ways, and each week residents across the city bond over lunch.

The aptly named friendship lunches were started in Crosspool last year by Kathy Markwick, Community Development for Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield.

Kathy said she had noticed that many of the elderly people she saw in her tole were lonely and wanted to do something to help, and now the lunches are held at venues across Sheffield.

Today, Kathy has pledged her support for our Know Your Neighbour campaign and invited our readers to attend one of the lunches.

She said: “At Home Instead Senior Care, we actively encourage our clients to partake in social activities as these are really good for them.

“It is really lovely and heart-warming to see people coming along and to see them chatting, dancing, singing, laughing and making friends.

“I think the Know your Neighbour initiative is a fantastic idea.”

One of the women who attends the lunches is Wilkinson, along with her husband Brian - who has dementia.

She said: “I find these lunches are really beneficial for both Brian and myself. They give us both something to look forward to, something to get dressed up for and a chance to dance.

“We meet new people too, which is lovely as we have become friends with them.”

There are two friendship lunches coming up over the next few days; one at Toby Carvery in Dodworth, Barnsley, on Monday May 8 and the other at the Rose and Crown pub in Stannington on Wednesday, May 10.

If you would like further information, please ring Kathy Markwick on 07801 285992.