Liverpool bistro joins project to tackle loneliness

Located in south Liverpool, café bistros The Watering Can is teaming up with Liverpool Cares to bring together groups of older and younger people in a social setting

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The Watering Can in Greenbank Road in south Liverpool’s Greenbank Park

 

One of Liverpool’s most popular café bistros, The Watering Can, is teaming up with Liverpool Cares ‘Social Clubs’ programme to bring together groups of older and younger people in the community.

Loneliness and the feeling of isolation can be tough for many people, but the pandemic has made life much harder to socialise and connect. Whilst technology provides an opportunity to  connect for the younger generations, this sadly has not been an option for many elderly people during COVID-19.

The Watering Can in Greenbank Road in south Liverpool’s Greenbank Park is now partnering with Liverpool Cares as part of their Social Clubs programme. It brings together groups of older and younger neighbours for friendship around Liverpool.

Matched ‘friends’ have proved to be a lifeline and enhanced the quality of life of those enrolled on the scheme often building deep and mutual friendships over time that helps to bring a little of the outside world inside for our neighbours who often struggle to find companions to socialise with.

On Monday, June 28, The Watering Can, set within 12 acres of Victorian park space, will provide their space for up to 30 people currently enrolled on the Social Clubs programme providing unlimited free tea and coffee and a slice of cake.

Owner Keith Perryman said “Mr partner Phil, and I, have both watched our widowed mums battle with isolation and loneliness during the past year. Liverpool Cares is an amazing community support group and we are honoured to be able to welcome them to our café.

“The added bonus for those who are able will be a little wander around the beautiful Victorian park which is in full summer bloom.  Our team are really looking forward to meeting the friends of Liverpool Cares and hearing all of their tales.”

Liverpool Cares seeks to address this blight of disconnection in our connected age by harnessing the people and places around us for the benefit of all. If you would like to make a referral for an older neighbour or if you are under 65 and would like to get involved in the scheme click here.

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