Anchor retirement housing schemes throughout the North East have hosted special coffee mornings to mark Blue Monday – the most miserable day of the year.

Working with the South Tyneside Happiness and Wellbeing network, the housing schemes have been attempting to beat the winter blues by inviting their communities to join tenants for “Brew Monday”.

Brew Monday, held on 19th January, is the idea of the South Tyneside Happiness and Wellbeing network. The network develop ideas in order to contribute to the improvement of mental health, happiness and wellbeing. Anchor have teamed up with the network as part of our ongoing commitment to activities and events that tackle isolation in older people.

Woodhouse Court in South Shields held a very successful event. Manager Diane Henry said: “Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year. At least one in five people are affected by depression at some point in their lives. This can be sparked by many factors; social isolation is a massive problem for older people, especially for those living alone.

“Our tenants are lucky because Woodhouse Court is like a little community with many opportunities for older people and their families to socialise and have fun.”

The tenants at Anchor’s Highmoore Court in Cowgate also enjoyed a brilliant Brew Monday event the same morning. Manager Sarah Brent said: “We’re hosting a coffee morning to bring our tenants and communities together to make new friends over a pot of tea, coffee and cake.

“Anchor realises that not all older people are as fortunate so we’re inviting the community along to our coffee morning to join in with us as we try to beat the winter.”

Find out more about Anchor’s approach meaningful activities here.

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