Support group for lonely men receives funding for two more years

Date published: 11 July 2019

A support group for men suffering with loneliness started by a former policeman has received funding, cementing its continuation for another two years.

Peter Reed, 72, of Littleborough, began 'Blokes at Hare Hill House' in March 2019 after he realised through a Patient Participation Group – which allows patients to be involved with their GP practice – that there was a need to look after men who have become lonely or isolated.

The group has now confirmed it can run for another two years after receiving funding from the Pennine Township.


Peter Reed dons a top hat and tails
Peter Reed


Blokes at Hare Hill House sign thanking all for supporting the group


Ckaes spelling out 'Blokes at HHH'


‘Blokes’ – named for some of the causes of men becoming isolated – is much like an alcohol-free tap room of old, with a warm welcome, no prying and no awkward questions.

Having been met with a handshake and a smile, attendees can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, cakes and biscuits over a game of dominoes, cards or darts.

Blokes at Hare Hill House meets every Wednesday at 1.30pm:

Hare Hill House
Hare Hill Road
OL15 9HE

Photos kindly provided by Maurice Tennick

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