Age Concern Eastbourne has paid host to a delegation from Japan today (14 October).
The group from the Social Welfare Corporation Syuaikai, spent time at The Shed to find out what kind of activities the charity has on offer for the elderly. All of the visitors work with older people and so are keen to learn more ideas.
President Kazuhide SAWADA told Eastbourne Buzz, “Older men coming here (The Shed) doing woodwork etc is a great way of combatting loneliness they would have to suffer if they weren’t here. Japan doesn’t have the woodworking activities but they do encourage social interaction through tea salons/cafes where elderly people can congregate and have a chat.”
On having overseas visitors to projects like The Shed, John Trainor Chief Executive of Age Concern Eastbourne said, “It provides us with an opportunity to show the range of different things we do as an organisation, particularly The Shed. It’s such a niche piece of work, it’s so different from most sort of activities that charitable organisations seem to do for older people and it just seemed to be something that the Japanese in particular might be interested in."
Age Concern Eastbourne are always welcoming of any donations of unwanted wood and tools to help keep The Shed well stocked for men to enjoy pottering about with like-minded company.