Local tea and chat group needs your vote

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Stratford's Tea and Chat Group at the Rosebird Community Centre.

A TEA and chat group, in Stratford, for older residents, has been shortlisted for a £500 grant, from Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving.

Stratford District councillor Kate Rolfe set up the group, over three years ago, and said: “I was aware that there were many older residents in our community who were isolated or lonely and I wanted to do something to help.

“I am a member of the Rosebird Community Hall committee and the hall time is given to us for free and Waitrose kindly donate the tea and cakes.”

Kate has a loyal group of volunteers and regularly has 12 to 14 older people go to the group every fortnight.

She continued: “It is an opportunity for many of our clients to get out of their houses and meet other people.”

“In order to be selected we need as many on line votes as possible.  The more votes we get the more likely it is we will be chosen.”

Kate added: “We need this money to pay for transport costs. All our clients are picked up from their homes and taken to The Rosebird Community Hall and are then taken back home safely.”

The group runs in the Rosebird community centre, every second and fourth Friday, from 2.30pm until 4pm.

A keen supporter of the group is Stratford mayor Cllr Victoria Alcock who said “I’m so proud that Tea and Chat has been shortlisted for this grant. It is a vital service that is offered. None of us would like to think of a loved one being so isolated, so please vote.”

And Kate said: “I am so delighted that Tea and Chat has been shortlisted for a grant of £500, however in order to receive this grant I need as many people as possible to vote on line. I never imagined when filling in the application that Tea and Chat would be considered. It is the only initiative in the West Midlands for older people to have been chosen. If we are lucky and receive this grant it will enable us to pay for transport for at least another year.”

The closing date to vote is Friday 13th October. To vote, visit https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2017-shortlisted-groups/west-midlands/tea-and-chat/

For more information about the group contact Kate Rolfe on 01789 550624.