Restaurant and bar chain Cosy Club, which operates 25 sites across the UK, has announced a national partnership with Independent Age to help the fight to end loneliness.
Free Teas For Those In Need will be taking place at 10-11am each Wednesday across all sites and will aim to support those who face loneliness and isolation and provide them with the opportunity to engage with others and connect with the community.
With over nine million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – often feel lonely, research from Campaign to End Loneliness showed while a study from Age UK found that 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible, Free Teas For Those In Need encourages local communities to visit and enjoy a free cup of tea while connecting with new people.
Amber Wood, managing director of Cosy Club, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Independent Age and feel deeply passionate about the work they do in our communities. Loneliness is something that many people experience in their lifetime, and so we are delighted to be able to provide additional support and contribute towards the organisations’ efforts to support vulnerable people in society.”
Lucy Harmer, director of services at Independent Age, added: “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Cosy Club on Free Teas For Those In Need. It will help bring communities together and, on a practical level, will provide our volunteers and the older people we help with a safe, neutral place to meet. Hopefully it will also help to encourage people of all ages to mix more, with new mums drinking tea alongside older people, and help them realise they have more in common than they think.”