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Coffee mornings spread health message on the Lyng

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Published by kerri smith for Lyng Community Association in Housing and also in Communities

Residents aged over 50 in West Bromwich are getting health tips over a cup of coffee with their neighbours thanks to a new community project.

Lyng Community Association (LCA) has launched free monthly health information coffee mornings for over-50s on the estate.

They are being held on Tuesdays, from 10.30am to 12 noon, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Lyttleton Street, and feature talks on different health issues each month.

Local residents are invited to the next coffee morning on 17th December, with mince pies being served as a festive treat. A guest speaker, from Action on Hearing Loss, will give a talk from 11am on hearing loss and hearing aid care.

There will be another coffee morning on 21st January, when there will be a talk by the charity Age UK, and the 18th February meeting will include a talk about age-related sight loss by a representative from Action for Blind People.

Residents were invited to take a trip down memory lane at the first coffee morning, in November, by bringing their old photos and stories of West Bromwich and the Lyng estate over the years.

There was also a speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society who gave a talk on the signs and symptoms of dementia and the support available to those who may be starting to lose their memory.

LCA plans to hold further coffee mornings throughout the coming year, on the third Tuesday of every month.

Rachel Jennings, Community Development Officer at LCA, said: “As people get older, it is very easy to become isolated and go out less.

“These free coffee mornings are a friendly, informal way for people over 50 to mix and chat with other residents over a cup of coffee or tea.

“But they also offer the opportunity for them to pick up useful advice about health issues that may affect them, now or in the future.”

The events are part of a programme of activities being organised by LCA to bring residents together and boost community spirit on the Lyng, which have recently included a family fun day and a toddlers’ walk to Oak House, in West Bromwich.

To find out more about any of the community events, contact Rachel on 0121 525 5969 or email lyng.jenningsr@btconnect.com

The Lyng is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment. LCA now owns 190 homes for affordable rent on the estate, and another 10 are being built.

LCA has been working in partnership with Sandwell Council and house builder Barratt West Midlands to provide an additional 114 homes for affordable rent and 250 for private sale, plus a new children’s playground and public open space.

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