Caring café society

Erewash Museum joins a wide circle of heritage venues to launch a Local History Café this month, the first of monthly wellbeing get-togethers for the over 50s who feel lonely or socially isolated.
Aimed at tackling loneliness in our communities, the Local History Café will be a place to meet and make friends over tea and cake – while there will be heritage-themed presentations and the chance to take part in creative activities.
The first café will be on Thursday 30 November between 10am and 12.30pm and will feature a talk by the museum staff. Cafes will then be held on the last Thursday of every month and each session costs £3, payable on the day. 
Beauty and Utility Arts, a Leicestershire based social enterprise, is behind the project that has seen Local History Cafes take off in venues across the East Midlands, developing supportive environments to help those over-50s who feel lonely for whatever reason.
All the cafes are encouraged to use social media to keep in touch with each other and to share ideas and inspiration.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are thrilled to host a monthly Local History Café at our award winning museum, it is a heart-warming project that reaches out to people and helps with the growing issue of loneliness in our local communities. The sessions will be informal, friendly and uplifting and I have no doubt will become a must-go-to group for many.”
Anyone interested must book a place in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1141. The £3 fee can be paid at the event.