Tackling Loneliness Case Study

Date Released - 18/12/2017

IT was a trip down memory lane for three former colleagues returning to their workplace 50 years later.

Theresa Halligan worked at Walls half a century ago before the Godley Hill Road site in Hyde was taken over by Kerry Foods.

She was delighted to return for the firm's Christmas party that aimed to help older people combat loneliness.

The 80-year-old said: “It’s changed a lot but it’s brilliant to come back. It’s been fantastic and we really appreciate what they’ve done for us.”

Theresa praised Tameside Council’s efforts to help prevent loneliness.

She added: “You’re sat in your flat looking at the four walls and want things to go out to. For me it was a problem until I moved to independent living accommodation in Dukinfield, which is fantastic with a communal lounge where everyone gets together. I lived on my own before and was quite isolated.  

“I think there should be more things like this. We have enjoyed talking to people we didn’t know before from different schemes. “

 Theresa worked part-time at Walls for a couple of years weighing and packing bacon before becoming a teacher at Broad Oak Infants School in Ashton. She said: “It was a brilliant place to work.”

Doreen Wheatley also lives in the independent living accommodation in Dukinfield and worked at Walls 50 years ago as a wages clerk.

The 77-year-old said: “I loved working here. It’s been a lovely event. It’s brought back a lot of memories. There should be more events like this.” 

Sheila Renney, from Mottram, worked between 1964 and 1968 sealing bacon at Walls.

The 70-year-old said: “It was fantastic being a crowd of young girls all together. This has brought back memories.”

Sheila is the chair of St Mary’s Friendship Club in Newton and works with Ambition for Ageing to help bring communities together.

She added: “Isolation is a big problem but the Christmas party has been fantastic.”

The Council is calling for other businesses to get involved with further events - You can contact Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477 to see how you can help.

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