Connecting Communities to Combat Loneliness

In March this year, Guideposts launched its first multi-generational Supper Club. Guests had a lovely evening meeting new people, sharing good food and company with lots of laughter and occasionally breaking into song! 

Guests were thrilled to take home some delicious cakes, bread and beautiful flowers kindly gifted to us by our local M&S. Its success is a testament to the passion, dedication and hard work of our #GuidepostsCommunity – staff, our Day Centre members and volunteers – all working together to make it work. Chatting to Ann, one of four new members, during the meal, who cares for her husband living with dementia, showed how much of a difference it makes for them already:

“I am pleased that Guideposts has created the Hi Street Social Supper Club. There’s nothing else like it. I haven’t felt comfortable visiting restaurants for years since my husband’s diagnosis. It is fantastic to have somewhere welcoming and supportive to go out to together, and it also gives me a break from cooking for an evening. Your thoughtfulness is so very much appreciated.”

£20 pays for a couple to attend our Hi Street Social Supper Club and transform their lives.

Seeing the value of the service to those attending makes Guideposts more determined than ever to sustain this work and ensure many more people can access this vital support.

Evenings can be long and lonely for many older people and as Ann points out, going out for a meal and enjoying time with friends can be unattainable for people like her and her husband. Mainstream restaurants and venues don’t cater for her husband’s needs, and this leaves them feeling isolated from society. Guideposts Social Supper Clubs exist to change this and with your continued support our Charity can ensure this service becomes more widely accessible across many more local communities.

Click here for more information on Hi Street Social Supper Club, Witney

Guideposts Lights Up, our Arts and Memory Clubs, support people with age related conditions, memory problems and their carers; helping them enjoy time together, maintain positive relationships and connections in their community and achieve greater wellbeing. We offer a range of engaging arts-based and reminiscence activities as well as vital respite, emotional & peer support, practical information, advice and a signposting service.

Established in 2012 the Clubs have changed the lives of hundreds of people, offering a rare chance to access help at a time when it is easy to lose hope. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of all our supporters which is why we want to share with you the following heartfelt message of thanks from a current attendee (below):

“Without Guideposts Lights Up, we wouldn’t have anything to look forward to. Thank you so much for giving us laughter, arts and music and a social life with everyone we are proud to call our friends. The tea and cake just rounds it off and we are delighted to be members of your group:

‘Guideposts Lights Up’, who’s there? You are.

We love coming here. It is a haven for us couples. We have some tension at home, but when we are here we can just relax. There is such a difference in my husband, I have noticed he is much stronger and brighter. It’s down to Lights Up, I am sure of it. I can see he enjoys being able to meet up with people. There are lots of carers here, me included, who benefit hugely from coming to such a group, otherwise we are so lonely.

Click here for more information on Lights Up Oxfordshire

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