National Friendly joins forces with The Bristol Hippodrome to combat loneliness

BRISTOL, U.K. - Dec. 3, 2019 - PRLog -- Loneliness is a problem, and as we get older, the problem is likely to get worse.  According to Age UK's 2018 report, "All the lonely people", the number of over 50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025– 2026. Another Age UK survey carried out In 2016, "No one should have no one", points out that half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.

Loneliness brings its own problems too, such as increased vulnerability. Professor Keith Brown, who leads the Bournemouth University team, the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice, considers that loneliness is a major factor in influencing an individual's vulnerability.

But there are simple things that we can all do to help, as shown by The Bristol Hippodrome, which is pioneering new initiatives in this area. The theatre noticed that in the past six years, approximately 600 customers purchased a single senior rate ticket. As a result, The Bristol Hippodrome launched the Matinee Mingle which began in collaboration with LinkAge Network, a Bristol Charity which empowers older people to lead fulfilling and satisfying lives.

Jonathan Long, CEO at National Friendly explains, "We are delighted to be supporting The Matinee Mingle in association with The Bristol Hippodrome, LinkAge Network and Age UK to address loneliness in later life at a time where people may become more vulnerable. The Matinee Mingle encourages people aged 60 and above to get together and enjoy themselves and meet likeminded people.

The Matinee Mingle has proven to be an early hit with theatre goers, as recent feedback shows. Rhona Cockle, a recent convert comments, "The Matinee Mingle is such a nice way for people to gain confidence and meet friends in a world where being on your own can be quite daunting when you are older.".

The Matinee Mingle is free to attend and takes place an hour before selected mid-week matinee performances in The Bristol Hippodrome's Piano Bar. Members need to purchase their ticket for the show they wish to see, at the discounted mid-week matinee rate by calling 0844 871 3012*, at popping into the Box Office. If you'd like to join in contact Sarah

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