The over 50s Youth Group enjoyed an array of sweet and savoury treats, tea, coffee and no alcoholic fizz at their recent afternoon tea.

Tucking into dainty sandwiches and cakes with the obligatory jam and clotted cream scones, members had an afternoon filled with fun, laughter, games and prizes.

Meeting every Tuesday at The Strand Community Café on Kirkholt, members have made strong friendships and provide a listening ear to each other over a brew and a breakfast roll, helping those who were previously feeling alone and isolated.

Run by an RBH staff member and a volunteer, members spoke to us about how important the community cafe and youth group is to them.

I suffer from depression and as a single lad on my own I never used to come out. But it is wonderful here and I feel better for coming. Everyone is friendly and there is lots of banter and it has made a difference to my life….it makes a difference to the community

Phil, Youth Group Member

I joined the café to be part of the community. After retirement I was stuck indoors for two years. I thought I would give volunteering here a try and I have loved every minute of it. The community spirit is absolutely fantastic. We get together, have a banter, and get to know each other as people and not just as somebody in the street

Pat, Volunteer at The Community Cafe