The visit was organised by the NACC to raise awareness of the importance of lunch clubs and meals on wheels services in our communities and how they help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Her Royal Highness also visited Tower Hamlets' Meals on Wheels service that enables the London Borough's elderly and vulnerable to continue to live independently in their own homes.
The Duchess was shown the Day Centre’s Sensory Room, which has been specially designed to help stimulate people with dementia, met the team preparing lunch in the kitchen, and chatted with the service users who regularly benefit from the centre’s activities, enjoy a tasty, nutritious lunch and catch up with friends.
Her Royal Highness took the time to talk to the Day Centre team and service users to find out more about the facility’s valuable contribution to the community and the positive impact it has on many lives. The Duchess also presented them with a special gift of a Christmas cake, which was gratefully received and enjoyed by all.
Before departing, The Duchess met with the drivers who deliver Meals on Wheels around the borough and learned how important their daily visits can be for older people who may otherwise be completely isolated; providing vital safety and wellness checks, a nutritious meal and a friendly face to talk with.
The Royal visit is part of The Duchess’ work that champions encouraging and inspiring the older generation to keep fit, active and engaged, tackling the isolation and seclusion that many older people face. Her Royal Highness takes an interest in organisations dedicated to helping older people stay active and to feel valued and independent, including Lunch clubs and Meals On Wheels services.
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