Friendship groups are a self-sustaining community initiative developed through Talk, Eat, Drink (TED) as part of the National Lottery Community funded Ageing Better programme. The aim of the groups are to welcome and encourage anyone over the age of 50 to get involved with their local community, meet new people, and take part in social activities. Friendship groups are volunteer led with support provided by the TED Friendship Officer. Volunteers are encouraged to plan activities, outings and engage other members of the group to ensure the groups success and longevity.
One of the Volunteer’s from The Over 50s Youth Club shared “today would not have happened without the hard work of our volunteers who make this so special that makes it worth all the hard work that goes into it.” She went on to describe the celebrations as “special, magic and a lovely atmosphere, the way the room has been arranged has really helped. Everyone is talking, you know you’ve done well when everyone is talking to each other, and there’s a buzz”.
Horncastle – Over 50s Youth Club
The Over 50s Youth Club was created in May 2018 as a Over 50s Friendship Group. The group meets every Wednesday from 2pm till 4pm at Ancaster Court. Please see the map below for reference.
Refreshments are available to attendees with the purchase of a £1 raffle ticket. All raffle prizes are donations to the group and are greatly appreciated by the volunteers who run the friendship group.
Anyone is welcome to attend, with the Over 50s Youth Club having its doors open to existing and new members.
Skegness – The Storehouse
The Storehouse Friendship Group developed from a well attended Tea with TED. The Group meets every Tuesday from 1pm till 3pm at The Storehouse Cafe in Skegness. Please see the map below for further reference. Refreshments are available to buy from the cafe, and the group is happy to welcome new members.
Skegness – Time Out Friendship Group
Launched in January 2019, this Friendship Group meets every Thursday from 10am till 12pm in the Central Cafe at Barratt Court, Skegness. Refreshments are available to buy in the cafe. This group loves a relaxed conversation and is happy for new people to visit and see what they are about. For more information regarding location, please see the map at the side.
Binbrook – Friendship Group
This Friendship Group meets on the Third Friday of a month at The Plough in Binbrook from 10:30am till 12pm. They are very keen for new members to attend and get to know the group. The location is listed on the map to the right.
Chapel St Leonards – Chapel Garden Centre Friendship Group
Visit the Chapel Friendship who meet on the Second Monday of the month from 2pm till 4pm. Everyone over 50 is welcome along with their dogs in the Garden Centre Cafe. The location is listed on the map at the left. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the restaurant.
Mablethorpe – Peter Dyer Court
This Friendship Group launched on Thursday 25th July at 1pm and will now run fortnightly from 1pm till 3pm at Peter Dyer Court, the map is on the left. For all those interested in attending, just pop into the first meeting to get to know other people over 50 in your local area.