Published January 17, 2023
FOUNDATION TACKLING LONELINESS IN SUFFOLK WITH SENIOR BLUES
Matt Holland attends first session of new initiative
The inaugural Ipswich Town Foundation’s Senior Blues session was a great success.
Running every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, the programme seeks to help older people in the community to improve their mental and physical wellbeing by offering an inclusive environment and light physical activity.
Alongside the physical benefits, the programme has been designed to combat loneliness, which is a prevalent issue within Suffolk.
The first session of the new initiative – which is being funded by Active Suffolk – took place last Wednesday (11, January).
Club Ambassador and Trustee Matt Holland gave up his time alongside a number of Foundation staff, with the former midfielder discussing memories of being involved with the Blues alongside fellow attendees.
“It’s been a really great turnout for the first one,” said Leanne Smith,Community Engagement Officer.
“We’ve got football fans who are lifelong Ipswich fans but we’ve also got people who aren’t that interested in football. We are a football club but being able to offer something to the wider community whether they are into football or not is really important.
“It’s not just football fans who suffer from social isolation so being able to bring everyone together is really nice. People are already forming friendships and talking to people who they have never met. It is a safe place to come and meet people.
Speaking about Matt’s presence, Leanne added: “I think it means a lot to people that current and former players are invested in the community. It shows that they really do care.”
The next Senior Blues session will take place from 10.30am-12pm on Wednesday, 25 January.
Places are free of charge, with complimentary hot drinks and snacks also being provided.
To reserve a space, please email Leanne Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 400987.