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By Debbie le Quesne

Arts group takes on day care with a difference

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With day care decimated in the Midlands region, I’m hugely encouraged to read that an arts centre in south-east London is being proactive to help isolated and lonely senior people.

Meet Me at the Albany is a creative day club for the over 60s led by artists based at the Albany.

And a wide range of stimulating stuff is going on with circus workshops, performances of Neo Soul music, and poetic word projection to accompany cups of tea.

“The bold new approach to day care for the isolated old is spearheaded by the Albany and Entelechy Arts, and is a response to a public health agenda focussed on supporting the continued independence and healthy aging of older people’” so says Jackie Brook of Care Industry News, the online magazine.

For me, this is a great initiative. I’m all too aware of the breaking effects of isolation and loneliness and it’s a lovely way to embrace our elderly.

Meet Me at the Albany provides a regular meeting place where participants can become involved in creative workshops, experience performances from leading artists or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, as well as enjoying a home cooked hot meal and beverages for just £6 a day.

Please, can we have something going on like this in the West Midlands?

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