Drink Wise, Age Well
Local antiques emporium joins health campaign to show value of growing older
Healthy ageing and alcohol campaign teams up with Yorkshire’s biggest antique house to offer over 50s to develop own business
A new BIG lottery funded programme in Sheffield has teamed up with Langton’s Antiques Emporium, to deliver a fun new group for the over 50s.
The exciting project designed to encourage over 50s to trade the armchair for the auction house, creating new social circles whilst gaining new skills.
The Big Lottery funded Drink Wise, Age Well aims to create a healthier relationship with alcohol for the over 50s and to help build resilience to life transitions – such as retirement or bereavement – through community activities. It’s currently estimated that around 4.5 million over 50s in the UK drink at unsafe levels, with life transitions with life transitions a significant factor in this.
Langton’s Antiques Emporium is Yorkshire’s largest establishment of its kind. Proprietors Joe and Jill Mitchell have offered a display cabinet in a prime space at their premises (a former boot and shoe factory) for Drink Wise Age Well group members to develop their own business. Better still, they will teach project members and volunteers some of the tricks of the trade and the history behind the articles that pass through their hands.
Langtons’ Proprietor Jill Mitchell said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our skills, space and knowledge to such a worthwhile project. It’s horrible to think of people with so much life experience, knowledge and skills being stuck at home and lonely, when there is so much fun to be had with other people”
Drink Wise, Age Well’s Andy Whitehouse said “
The project launches on Wednesday, 26 August with a walk through Sheffield’s renowned antiques quarter, starting outside the Abbeydale Picture House at 1pmand finishing at Langton’s to have a sort through any bargains that have been picked up along the way.
The group will meet every Wednesday afternoon at the on site café, anyone over 50 is welcome to come along and take part, or just drop by for a cup of tea and a chat. They will discuss the relative merits and value of the pieces they have picked up at car boots, charity shops, auctions and house clearances. Group members will share responsibility for buying, displaying, and selling all sorts of antiques and curios. Any profits made will be rolled back into the project or donated to suitable causes.
For more information please contact:
Grace Weatherburn on 07714898585 or Andy Whitehouse on 07436 533229