Council Chairperson Hosts Catch Up and Connect Tea Dance
Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason, hosted a Catch Up and Connect Tea Dance recently in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch.
Over 70 senior citizens from across the district came together to enjoy lunch and an afternoon of music and entertainment provided by Gerard Dornan from Country Harmony.
The event gave residents an opportunity to meet and reconnect socially with others, as many have been experiencing isolation and loneliness over 18 months as a result of COVID-19.
Newry Mourne and Down District Chairperson, Councillor Mason welcomed everyone and acknowledged how important the mental and physical health benefits of meeting and talking to people were for everyone within the community.
Cllr. Mason said: “I am delighted to host this event as it is great opportunity to catch-up with friends that we have not seen in a while and connect with new people socially again.
“The last 18 months have been extremely trying for everyone, as many of us have been isolated from friends, family, and our loved ones as a result of COVID-19. Thankfully we are moving forwards and today provides a great opportunity to share some food, some music and some craic!”
Cllr. Mason added: “Whilst we still face many challenges as a society, we are blessed to live in an area where we have such beauty on our doorstep. As we begin to lead active and healthy lives once again, I encourage each of you to check in with older friends and neighbours who may be less able to get out and about, and to remember to take some time out of your busy daily lives, for your own self-care.”