by Shereen Devine

June has been such a busy month in both my regions; I will begin with Leeswood.

We welcomed Karis from Warmer Wales to Sunshine Café; Karis set up a stand and stayed with us throughout the morning. Warmer Wales is a fantastic Community Interest Company group set up in 2004 by the National Grid. They support Communities, identified as Fuel Poverty areas. This is not just about people living in poverty or having fuel debt; it also includes rural Communities without gas supply and areas with high rents.  Cafe customers were able to arrange a home visit or a visit to their Community Group.

The cafe also supported Dementia Cupcake Day and donated its profit for the day to the Alzheimer’s society.

We also had the launch of the Book Group with a difference – reading a book is not essential. If you have not had time to read a book during the month, you are still welcome to join us for a coffee and biscuit. Just get yourself out of the house for an hour and listen to others talk about their book, or tell us about a book you read 20 years ago. It is all very friendly & informal.

The ladies’ guild invited me to their meeting. The first time I met with the group was at the start of the project; they were keen to hear about the development, two years later. 

Helen the Older People’s strategy coordinator and I had fun in Holywell promoting our Holway Coffee morning. As suggested by a County Councillor we took a little ride on the local bus, the bus driver made us very welcome and helped us promote our event. I will tell you all about it next month.

I was also invited to talk about the Rural Wisdom project at an Ageing Well event in Abergele; this was a fantastic opportunity to spread the word of Rural Wisdom and make new connections.