Dear Friend,

The Re-engage team has enjoyed seeing photographs of our first tea party group reunions and we thought we'd share the photograph below of the Bexleyheath group. Other groups may not be ready to re-start tea parties just yet and we're encouraging everyone to proceed at their own pace. 

Call companions Gareth and Gordon were matched during the pandemic and have never been stuck for conversation.  You can read about their weekly chats, and how they support each other, below.

Do take a minute to read about our face to face activity sessions for those over 75 in Wales, funded by the Welsh government.  Our sessions include: chair yoga, tai chi, dance, exercise to music, bocce, curling, pottery and bowls. There's plenty of variety.

And finally, Sunday 6th October is Silver Sunday; a national day of activities for older people. We've shared information about how you can get involved below.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you enjoy the read.
'Bexleyheath tea party group meet for the first time'
 It has been 18 long months since members of this tea party group in Bexleyheath were last together. This photo was taken when they met for lunch recently.  Lucy, a host for the local group said: ‘It was a wonderful reunion and a chance to catch up after so many months apart. We had all missed each other so much.’
'Our free, inclusive activity sessions in Wales'
We have launched our free, weekly face to face inclusive exercise sessions for those over 75 in Wales. The groups include: dance, chair yoga, tai chi and general activities and take place in a relaxed and friendly setting. 
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'Never stuck for conversation'
Gareth was matched with Gordon, who is 77, and has lived a rich and varied life.  They soon found that they had many things in common, including a shared love of photography, food and steam trains.  
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'Silver Sunday - 3rd October'
Silver Sunday is a national day when people of all generations come together to host fun and free activities for older people. Visit the website to find out where activities are happening near you or read about how you can organise your own event.  The website has plenty of information and free resources.
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'Lonely widower receives 5,000 birthday cards'
Jack Annall, a lonely widower and RAF Veteran from Halifax, was disappointed when current travel restrictions meant his daughter couldn't fly from Australia to celebrate his 101st birthday with him. After care home staff arranged an appeal, he was sent over 5,000 cards from strangers.
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Stay safe and well.

With best wishes from the team at Re-engage

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