We would like to thank the Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness for supporting T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey to introduce our new ‘Banter Bench’ campaign, designed to tackle the ever increasing issue of loneliness and isolation experienced by the older community.

A special thanks goes to Steve Andrews, as the Hildreds Centre Manager, who has been a strong champion of T.E.D. and of the Age-friendly Business Award, which works towards making East Lindsey a more age friendly area. The concept of a ‘Banter Bench’ was devised by Elaine Croker, T.E.D.’s Age Friendly Business Co-ordinator, and Steve and on the day was manned by volunteer and staff ‘Banter Buddies’ whose role was simply to have a chat with older people visiting the Centre.

The contributory support of our T.E.D volunteers made the day a huge success. Throughout the day our T.E.D. volunteers spent time on the Banter Bench, talking to members of the public and sharing information about social opportunities, activities and events taking place in the town.

Amy Thomas, Head of Operations for Community Lincs said, “The Banter Bench is a fantastic new initiative and gives us an opportunity to share information about opportunities in their local community.  The support of the Hildreds Centre and of our amazing team of T.E.D. Volunteers has been invaluable and we look forward to welcoming many new over 50s from Skegness and surrounding areas to our events in the future”

To see more information from the Hildreds Banter Bench launch visit https://twitter.com/ted_EastLindsey

For more information on the Hildreds Shopping Centre call 01754 764899 or visit www.hildredsshoppingcentre.co.uk


T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk.

The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com