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Residents in Merthyr invited to join Royal Voluntary Service and M&S for ‘Tea & Company’

Older residents in Merthyr Tydfil are invited to join a new monthly friendship group being held in the café at the M&S store in Cyfarthfa Retail Park.


The new social group, named Tea & Company is being organised by Royal Voluntary Service together with M&S colleagues. The next event will take place in the M&S Café in the Merthyr store on Wednesday 1st August 2018 from 10.00 to 11.30. Attendees will have an opportunity to come each month to meet others in their community, make friends and find out about local volunteering opportunities and services.  The event is free to attend and attendees can enjoy a £1 discount off hot drinks.


Tea & Company friendship groups are being trialled in seven locations across the UK, as part of M&S’s Plan A 2025 initiative to support communities and deliver positive, measurable change.  The other locations hosting Tea & Company events are Middlesbrough, Bradford, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newham and Birmingham.


Karyn Morris, Royal Voluntary Service’ s commissioned services operations manager for South, West  & Mid-West Wales said “Staying social and connected with our local community is an important driver for better health and wellbeing, particularly in later life. We are working with M&S to create this new group to help bring people together in Merthyr. We hope older residents will join us for what is set to be an informal and fun morning.”


Sarah Ford, Plan A Community Manager at M&S said: “We know that being part of and helping the local community really matters to our customers and colleagues. With a network of stores and cafes at the heart of so many towns and cities across the country, through our Plan A programme, we are ideally placed to help communities deal with challenges such as improving their wellbeing. We are delighted to be working with Royal Voluntary Service to deliver this new friendship group in the Merthyr store and our colleagues look forward to welcoming  customers, old and new, to enjoy a chat and a cuppa.”


Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 20,000 volunteers supporting thousands of people each month in hospitals, at home and in the community.  The focus is on building confidence, improving well-being and keeping loneliness at bay through an array of social activities and more structured support.  The charity is also one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafes and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals.


EVENT: Tea & Company with Royal Voluntary Service

DATE: Wednesday 1st August 2018

TIME: 10.00am - 11.30am

VENUE:  M&S Merthyr Tydfil, Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Swansea Rd, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1HY

BOOKING: Just turn up on the day, or visit the M&S store to find out more.

COST: Free to attend, with £1 discount on hot drinks


MORE INFORMATION: There is no need to book. Just turn up on the day or go into the M&S store in Merthyr to find out more about future dates.

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