New scheme launched in Alford to beat isolation for over-50s

Diana Stovin, Mary Willoughby and Eric Danby and the Talk, Eat, Drink social cafe launch in Alford. ANL-160324-125710001
Diana Stovin, Mary Willoughby and Eric Danby and the Talk, Eat, Drink social cafe launch in Alford. ANL-160324-125710001

A new ‘age friendly’ scheme aimed at helping older isolated people become more involved in social activities has been launched in Alford.

T.E.D (Talk, Eat, Drink) is a Big Lottery Fund project inspired by Lincolnshire’s proud food heritage, which aims to help people aged over 50 to get out and about and feel more positive about their future.

Alford Craft Market Centre was one of a number of stands run by local organisations at the event in the Corn Exchange. Lynne Le Voi said: “We explained that we are trying to keep traditional crafts alive and their role is important in teaching younger people how to knit, sew, make rag rugs and keep bees – especially now these are not taught in schools.

“We had a good day and learned a lot ourselves about the issues facing older people in rural areas.”

Tracey Parr, area co-ordinator for Mablethorpe and Alford, said the event was about making friends. She said: “There have been a good mix of people coming here today to socialise and get ideas and enjoy afternoon tea. The aim is to raise awareness and signpost services.”

Guest Mary Willoughby said: “I came along after seeing the advert to see what there was that I could get involved in. It’s been interesting 
so far.”