Second 'Blokes' support group set up in Wardle

Date published: 13 August 2019

A second ‘Blokes’ support group for men suffering with loneliness has been set up, this time in Wardle.

Inspired by the original 'Blokes at Hare Hill House' in Littleborough, Wardle resident Paul Grindrod has set up ‘Blokes at the Library’.

‘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 table games.

'Blokes at Hare Hill House' was started in March 2019 by Peter Reed, 72, of Littleborough, 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.

Blokes at the Library meets every Friday between 1.30pm and 4pm at Wardle Library, 448 Birch Road, Wardle, OL12 9LH.

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