Tackling Loneliness In Belfast, For Summer Fun For Everyone

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Abbeyfield Belfast, a charitable organisation that provides supported accommodation for older people, has teamed up with the EastSide Arts Festival to tackle loneliness among older people in Belfast this summer.

This month, the two organisations will combine their efforts to reach older people living alone, encouraging them to come along and enjoy some entertainment. As part of their Highlights at Home community outreach programme the EastSide Arts Festival, which runs 2-12 August, will bring a taste of the festival to Abbeyfield Belfast through performances by artists featured in this year’s programme.

Summer Garden Party

The partnership kicks off with a Summer Garden Party at one of Abbeyfield’s houses – Bell Rotary House, 10–12 Kings Road on Thursday 2nd August. The day promises to be full of family fun with craft stalls, BBQ, afternoon tea, bouncy castle, garden games, face painting and ballot prizes up for grabs.

To make the day even more special, Belfast based singer-songwriter, Anthony Toner will be performing at the event. Anthony will also be performing at the EastSide Arts Festival.

Speaking on the initiative, Niki Molloy, Operations Manager for Abbeyfield Belfast, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have EastSide Arts Festival on board this year to help us reach out to more older people. Loneliness and isolation in later years is an increasing issue, so it’s more important than ever that we open our doors to those affected, even if it’s just for a chat over a cup of tea. Everyone is welcome to come and join us on 2nd August, we’d love to see you there.”

Strong Partnership

EastSide Arts Festival Director, Rachel Kennedy, added: “On behalf of EastSide Arts Festival we are delighted to be working in partnership with Abbeyfield Belfast on this very important community initiative. Our older residents play an important part within our community and it is especially important to support with reaching out to those who feel isolated. Our Highlights at Home programme, which is supported by a range of fantastic artists performing at this year’s Festival, aims to help to make the Festival accessible and inclusive to our older residents. We are sure the session with the wonderful singer-songwriter Anthony Toner will be a very enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Find Out More

For more information on Abbeyfield Belfast, visit here, or follow Abbeyfield
Belfast Society on Facebook. For further details on EastSide Arts Festival, visit here or follow EastSide Arts Festival on Facebook and Twitter #ESAFest18.