Brewing Friendships

Facilitating an exciting new pilot to help lonely and socially isolated people in our community meet and socialise with students from NESCOT in their second year of their Level 3 Health and Social Care course.

Participants and students enjoying a chat, coffee and cake

We have helped facilitate an exciting new pilot which helps lonely and socially isolated people in our communiity.

This encourages organisations and charity groups to work together to identify and refer vulnerable people to meet with students from NESCOT, where they socialise in a cafe run by the students. It is aimed at improving people's health and wellbeing, and to help them feel part of the community. The project was set up in a partnership with Ewell Rotary, Surrey County Council's Adult Social Care, Age Concern Epsom and Ewell, and Mary Francis Trust. Epsom Rotary have committed to help fund the project going forward.

The project runs on Thursday mornings during term time and we have sponsored the costs during the pilot so there is no charge to the participants.

"It has been an honour," said one participant. "I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and it has far exceeded my expectations. Everyone has been so helpful and it was better than anything I could have wished for."

Students in NESCOT's Foundation Learning Department set up the cafe and make the cakes, and Second Year students on the Level 3 Health and Socail Care qualification run the sessions, including planning themed entertainment, and socialise with the visitors. The students have been absolutely brilliant and also benefit from the experience.

One of our Rotarians, John Davis, is sharing the important role of driving the college minibus to collect and deliver the participants from their homes.