Old and young party together in Kew

Children from Kew College serve afternoon tea for their guests from Kew Neighbourhood Association

Kew Neighbourhood Association was delighted to hold its annual summer party for clients in partnership with Kew College and their Year 6 children on Midsummer Day.

The party united the generations in Kew College’s auditorium for performances by the school’s talented musicians and dancers. Older guests, many of whom who rely on KNA’s volunteers to help them maintain their independence and wellbeing, were invited to the annual social by the local charity. The staff and children served delicious afternoon teas to their 40 visitors. Transport for guests was provided by KNA’s volunteer drivers, who are available year round to help neighbours finding it difficult to get to medical and social appointments. The charity also provides support with shopping and light gardening and offers a companionship service providing friendly company.

Ahead of the party Kew College Head Mrs Marianne Austin said:

“Our aim is to be more involved in the local community; hosting an afternoon tea for a group of elderly people from the local neighbourhood should reap rewards for all concerned. Not only is it a lovely way to help our Year 6 children understand the importance of giving of ourselves, a fundamental part of our school ethos, we also hope that our visitors will enjoy the company of the younger members of our society. I know that our children are immensely excited about this opportunity.”

Chair of Kew Neighbourhood Association Andrew Brown said:

“‘Our annual party is a lovely social opportunity for local people who use Kew Neighbourhood Association’s services. We are absolutely delighted that Kew College have been so generous in their offer to host the party and provide such wonderful entertainment. The standard of the performances was incredible and the variety of talent – from Bhangra dancing to instrumentalists- provided something for everyone.”

The charity hopes to attract more volunteers, who can give from just half an hour of their time every 2 to 4 weeks and make a big difference. They are also keen to spread the word about the service offered so that everyone knows there is a neighbourly hand there when it’s needed. Anyone who wants to find out more can call 07951 293 319 or visit www.kna.org.uk.