The leader of a group tackling loneliness among older people in Stebbing has stepped down.

Pat Churchill, who has run the local branch of Re-engage for 15 years, handed over the reins to Alison Horne.

Re-engage provides life-enhancing social connections for older people, with monthly afternoon tea parties held at volunteers' homes and guests driven and accompanied by volunteer drivers.


Pat said: "It has been a really rewarding role, our guests enjoy the change of scene and companionship at the teas. 

"After all these years, I look forward to continuing as a driver and eventually becoming a guest and enjoying the friendship and hospitality our wonderful volunteers provide!"

If you know anyone aged 75+ who would be interested in joining, email