In October, customers from our STEPS service in East Sussex, enjoyed an afternoon of tea and music in their annual Tea Dance.

The event, held to coincide with Older People’s Week, is organised to help encourage customers to come together and make new friendships with other customers from the service.

STEPS provides a visiting support service to older people living in the Hastings and Rother area. The service provides a range of support from accessing welfare benefits, managing health issues and linking in with other services in their local communities.

The Tea Dance was held at the White Rock Hotel in Hastings where customers were welcomed by staff and shown to their seats. Drinks were provided to all the guests before the Silvertones choir started the proceedings with a few songs.

This was followed by a plentiful afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee for everyone. Towards the end of the lunch the choir sang a few more songs before handing over to the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers. The dance troupe consisted of four dancers who demonstrated a number of dances whilst explaining the history of the dances.

The afternoon was rounded off with a raffle with everyone who attended receiving two free tickets. Prizes of a necklace, candles, wine and chocolate were gratefully received by the winners.

The customers really enjoyed the afternoon with one saying; ‘It was absolutely fabulous! The choir, dancers and wonderful spread. Thanks for all the hard work.’

Laura Ward, Team Leader from STEPS who helped organise the dance, recognises the importance of social events like these; ‘Older people often feel lonely with little or no interaction with other people from one day to the next. Along with the one to one support we provide, events like this give us the chance to bring people together for a bit of fun along with the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.’

For more information on the STEPS service, click here.