The Shop and Talk service for older people living in Thornton Heath
The Shop and Talk service aims to enable older people (60+) living in Thornton Heath (post code CR7) and Broad Green (post code CR0) to socialise, while meeting the practical need for food shopping. The service started in April 2019, thanks to funding from Croydon Council.
The initial group of six older shoppers grew to fifteen. Now in its second year, we are delighted to be funded by the One Croydon LVP programme and we hope to increase the number of older shoppers in Thornton Heath and Broad Green to at least twenty.
With additional funding and a sufficient number of interested older shoppers, we could expand the project to other areas in Croydon. If you are an organisation interested in running this service, please contact Anna D’Agostino (see contact details below).
Given the limited space, we can only offer occasional trips to people with disability and/or with dementia, as long as they are accompanied by a carer.
The service is run every Monday morning from approximately 10am. A group of up to 8 older people are taken from their home to ASDA in Marlowe Way on a minibus. With the help of two volunteers, we provide assistance during the journey and, if necessary, while shopping.
The most enjoyable aspect of this service is getting together to socialise after the shopping over free tea, coffee, cake and fruit. It is a great opportunity to chat, make friends and also learn about local services. We have also arranged short talks from the NHS on how to keep well during winter and from Croydon Council Trading on scams.
Older shopper really enjoy the experience and have given us a very positive feedback:
“The shopping bus is good! I meet people, we talk and have discussions on different things”
“We spend too much time alone at home so on Monday we can talk to other people!”
“I the bus is good. I also come to be with people…it’s uplifting, the atmosphere is good”
“The bus is convenient, my daughter thinks it’s a good service as you help me get what I
need. I feel I’m independent now and don’t have to ask my daughter [to take me shopping]
all the time”
“I have a heart problem and find it very difficult to move around so being taken shopping by
bus is really good! It’s good company too!”
It is essential to book a place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to join the group on the following
Monday. Please contact Anna D’Agostino, Community Development Worker, Croydon BME Forum,
Tel: 020 8684 3719, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org