Marks and Spencer’s hosts companionship cafe at Rushden Lakes store

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Home Instead Senior Care, a home care company based in East Northants and the Marks & Spencer store at Rushden Lakes, have teamed up to provide a Companionship café and it’s proving to be a huge success.

Held on the 1st Wednesday of each month they were set up with the aim of encouraging older people to get out and socialise, make new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The café is held at the store and has seen attendance grow and grow each month as word gets out. There have been arts & crafts, board games, crosswords, quizzes with more activities planned.

Lucy Darnell, from Home Instead said, “We are delighted to be working alongside the team at Marks & Spencer to bring the café to the local people. Loneliness is something which can affect many people, particularly the elderly.

“We care for older people every day, to provide regular company and support. But we realise that some people are not so fortunate and may struggle to get out and socialise.

She continued, “We approached Marks & Spencer about our idea and they thought it was brilliant, so each month we come up with new ideas for activities and really look forward to meeting everyone. It has been so successful that we are continuing to host the café with M & S and would like to invite even more people to join us.

“We would love to see some new faces. The cafés are open to anyone 65 years and above.”

Caregivers from Home Instead are on hand to help people at the café.

Home Instead East Northants provides care for people in their own homes from 1 hour to 24hours, 7 days a week.

If you would like further details, please contact the Home Instead office on 01933 678775 or visit