Pause Cat Café is throwing a Christmas party to bring older people in Bournemouth together, with the goal of connecting humans and animals and to help address the isolation felt by some people over the festive period.
The café aims to improve health and wellbeing in the local community, and they recognise that many elderly people can be lonely around Christmas.
The cafe hopes that it can reach those most isolated older people in the community, who would otherwise spend much of the festive period alone.
Michelle Myrvold, the event organiser, says: “It is heartwarming to see how much joy the cats bring to our older guests, who often recall stories of when they used to own pets, but due to living arrangements, health conditions and other reasons, they are no longer able to.
The party will be held in the cafe on the 15th of December, 12-2pm.
Chloe, who works as a waitress at the café and gets to spend a lot of time with the customers, is also excited about the event: “We find that having cats around provides the perfect environment for meeting new people, it provides an ice-breaker and a focus to take the pressure and shyness away.”
If you would like to attend the party, please call the cafe on 01202 240194 to book or find out more.