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Oxford charities launch new event to tackle loneliness

By John Charlton

Thousands of elderly people in Oxfordshire live alone and loneliness is a major risk to their health and wellbeing. Oxford based charities Aspire and Cutteslowe Community Association are launching a new event, The Oxford Big Tea Party, to bring together 80 elderly people affected by isolation. The tea party will take place on Friday 16th June at Cutteslowe Community Centre from 1-3pm. The elderly people attending can enjoy an afternoon tea with entertainment and will be able to meet new friends in a relaxed, community environment. This event is part of the national Great Get Together campaign inspired by Jo Cox’s commitment to bringing communities together, and is held on the anniversary of her death.

Oxfordshire businesses and clubs are invited to support the event by sponsoring a table or a place at the table. Funds raised will go towards maintaining the vital community transport services run by both charities, which are a lifeline for local elderly passengers suffering from loneliness. These bus services take elderly clients on shopping and social trips and make a huge difference in boosting wellbeing and promoting independence.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at Aspire Oxford, says “Isolation in the elderly is a critical issue for our community. 92% of our own Community Transport passengers live alone, and 58% of them wouldn’t be able to leave their homes without our bus service. But these local transport services are under threat of closure in the coming months, leaving elderly people extremely vulnerable. So this event is a vital opportunity to come together as a community and raise both funds and awareness to keep these local transport services going. We would be delighted to hear from any businesses, clubs or associations interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering.”

This promises to be an inspiring community event, tackling a key issue for Oxfordshire. Any businesses or clubs interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering should call Helen on 01865 204450 or email helen@aspireoxford.co.uk.