The Community Café Combatting Loneliness

The Teddington Community Café was officially launched in October by Munira Wilson MP, who enjoyed an exercise class, afternoon tea and listened to a live jazz trio at the free event sponsored by Richmond’s Full of Life Fund. Munira said:“The fantastic partnership here between the local church, charities and NHS is a real model, which I hope can be replicated elsewhere. Food for mind, body and soul! Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen.”

The café is for everyone but particularly those who feel isolated or anxious. Loneliness is one of the biggest problems our society faces; it is linked to anxiety, depression and early mortality, and studies show it causes more health problems than smoking or obesity.

Initiated by Teddington parish, in partnership with local NHS Primary Care Networks and disability charities Ruils and Richmond Aid, the café works with local social prescribers to direct guests to its doors following a referral from their GP. Open every Monday afternoon from 1.30 to 4.30pm, it is held at

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Bychurch End, Teddington TW11 8PS.

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