The Story Teller in Parkgate hosts Friendship Lunch as part of Dementia Awareness Week

The Story Teller in Parkgate hosts Friendship Lunch as part of Dementia Awareness Week

By Jill Theobald | 10/06/2022

The Story Teller in Parkgate hosts Friendship Lunch as part of Dementia Awareness Week

A PARKGATE pub hosted a “hugely important” community event for people affected by dementia.

The Story Teller is the second pub in Rotherham to start hosting friendship lunches, the brainchild of freelance community consultant Kathy Markwick who came up with the idea six years ago after noticing how widespread loneliness was, particularly among the older community.

The Manor Barn in Kimberworth held the inaugural event in Rotherham with a festive-themed lunch and other venues have followed suit.

Kathy said: “The inaugural friendship lunch at The Story Teller was a huge success with a fantastic performance by our regular singer and entertainer Oliver Harris.

“The event, which was planned as part of Dementia Awareness Week, is aimed at combating loneliness and social isolation.  

“It is also dementia-friendly and therefore ideal for those living with dementia, offering invaluable respite for many families and carers.  

“We know that some of our guests who live with dementia will sadly not remember the event afterwards — but they undoubtedly enjoy the moment and this is hugely important.”

Oliver will be performing at the next friendship lunch at The Story Teller on Monday, June 20, which will be a special event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  

Bookings can be made at The Story Teller on 01709 529383.

For further information and/or to discuss hosting/sponsoring a friendship lunch, call Kathy on 07729 528844 or email kathymarkwick@gmail.com.