Over 60’s Pop in at the Pop Up Cafe

People sixty plus are being encouraged to attend the new Connections Café, located on the main mall, at the Parkway Shopping Centre, Coulby Newham.

The community shopping centre has set up the café in partnership with charity Age UK Teesside to help people re-establish friendships and make new ones.

With record numbers of loneliness and isolation of the elderly being documented since the covid pandemic, the café has already been hailed a success after the first pop up café took place on the Monday 28th June.

The café will now run EVERY LAST MONDAY in the month from 10.30am – 12.30pm, offering people a free, safe and supportive space to catch up with a cuppa.

Age UK Teesside will also be on hand offering customers sign posting to services and information that could be useful for people aged over 60, on topics such as digital, welfare/benefit advice, social activities and befriending

Zoe France, Centre Manger explains: “We hope the café will be a valuable resource for our older shoppers.
Many people are feeling lonely especially after the past year and may have lost touch with others. By giving them a safe, warm and friendly area where they can meet like-minded people and receive up to date information, we are sure our shoppers will enjoy being a part of it.

The next pop café takes place on Monday 26th July at 10.30am-12.30pm, inside the Parkway Centre, located near Home Bargains.

Paula Taylor, Age UK Service Manager said that the café will offer the opportunity for people to pop in for a chat and access a range of services in a ‘one stop shop style’.  Most importantly, Paula says “ is the opportunity to access a space to meet  and connect with others,  as well as finding out what else they can get involved with locally”