Haydon Wick Haven Café goes from strength to strength in the battle against loneliness

By Jamie Hill - 29 September 2023


The café is part of Haydon Wick Parish Council’s commitment to reduce loneliness and isolation in the parish.

The Haydon Wick Haven was set up earlier this year continuing from the ‘Warm Spaces’ initiative as part of the parish council’s commitment to reduce loneliness and isolation.

The Haven accepts all residents to a warm and welcoming space for refreshments and to enjoy some quiet time or have a chat and meet new people.

Since the Haven began the numbers have increased from around six people to now when it attracts more than twenty regular attendees. The sessions are held fortnightly on Mondays from 11am – 1pm.

A Haydon Wick Parish Council spokesperson said: "They are really making a difference to all who attend with new friendships forming. This shows the project is working and helping the most isolated residents in the parish enjoy some company.

"Over the past few sessions, attendees have enjoyed a trip to Hillers at Lechlade, visited the Council’s Sensory Garden at the Goodearl Leisure Garden site, or stayed inside to take part in some seated exercises, have an entertaining game bingo or take part in exciting quizzes."

On Monday 13 September, Madame Mayor of Swindon Councillor Barbara Parry visited the Haven and joined in with the fun.

The Haven’s attendees appreciated asking Madame Mayor lots of questions about her role in Swindon and the process she went through to become Mayor.

Councillor Rebecca Ross, Chair of Community Development attends all the Haven sessions. She said: “It is wonderful to see how the Haven Café has grown. It can be very difficult for people who are alone, but there is no better cure for loneliness than making new friends.

"Just chatting with other people can have a huge positive impact on a person's mood. The Haven offers lots of fun and laughter, with a variety of games and activities on offer each week, plenty of tea and biscuits, and the chance to go on some great trips. We would especially like to thank the Madam Mayor of Swindon Councillor Barbara Parry for her visit, we greatly appreciate her taking the time to visit us.”

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