Friendship Club tackles loneliness among Romford’s elderly residents

PUBLISHED: 15:34 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 01 March 2017

Romford Shopping Hall's first Friendship Club coffee morning.

Romford Shopping Hall's first Friendship Club coffee morning.


A new social club has been established to help combat the growing problem of isolation amongst the elderly.

The Friendship Club, in Romford Shopping Hall, was set up by Michelle Fitzgibbons after she saw a clip on the internet which highlighted the reasons people lose contact with others.

Whether it’s through losing a loved one or modern life taking up peoples’ schedules it seems the older you get the more common it becomes to lose contact with people - something that Michelle hopes to change.

The group’s first coffee morning was held on Thursday, with free tea provided by the Sunrise Oriental Cafe, and not even the winds of storm Doris were able to keep people from attending.

Michelle, a sales and marketing manager at the shopping mall, hopes to arrange for day outs and other activities once the group’s members get to know each other better.

The Friendship Club coffee mornings will be held every Thursday, from 10am to 11am, at the shopping centre, in Market Place, Romford.

To book a place call Michelle on 01708740492.

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