Befrienders brew up series of afternoon tea events to support the elderly and isolated across Belfast

Volunteer befrienders across Belfast have been brewing up a series of new afternoon tea events aimed at supporting vulnerable older people who experience social isolation and loneliness to establish new friendships, create connections and enjoy a social day out.

A group of service users from Volunteer Now’s Befriending, Shopping and Driving scheme enjoyed an afternoon of chat and music on Thursday 18 November at the Afternoon Tea Party, held in the Skainos Centre in East Belfast.

Entertainment included an old time sing along featuring songs from yesteryear so guests could enjoy the nostalgia and reconnect with old memories. Attendees were also treated to a special visit by Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl who participated in the event.