Charity craft club creates boxes filled with time to help curb loneliness

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s crafty club has come up with an innovative way to curb loneliness- creating boxes filled with time.

Visitors to the WiSE’s craft session have developed ‘gift of time’ boxes as a way of encouraging loved ones to spend valuable time with an older relative or friend.

The ornately decorated containers are filled with a dozen cards, each proposing activities ranging from watching a film together to meeting up for a cup of tea.

Activities Coordinator, Debbie, said: “Isolated, lonely older people don’t want money or gifts. What they wish for more than anything else in the world is time with a loved one. That’s what prompted our brilliant, creative crafters to come up with this idea.

“Increasingly busy lives and families moving away mean hundreds of older people in Wetherby and surrounding villages count television as their only friend, with very little social contact.

“We think the ‘gift of time’ boxes are a wonderful option therefore, by helping to prompt much needed conversations between families and making sure time is set aside to enjoy simple, cost free pleasures together.”

The ‘Craft and Chatter’ attendees who created the boxes ranged from first timers to regular members, including some who are living with dementia.

WiSE’s popular club meets every Thursday at Boston Spa Village Hall, with a wide range of crafts available for people to try at the same time as encouraging over 60s to make new friends and engage in regular social contact.

The sessions cost £3 including refreshments. For more information visit

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