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Crawley, England — Isolation can sow seeds of depression and loneliness, especially among the elderly. In a small area of England, organizers of The Posh Club are doing their best to combat this.

Once a week in the afternoon, a “rave” of sorts is held for those age 60 and older. It’s a cabaret-style gathering, put together by Simon Casson and sister Annie Bowden, who run Duckie, a well-known promoter of “alternative” clubs. There is live music, performance and plenty of bubbly.

Producer Dicky Eaton told VICE, “What we’re doing is really an anti-loneliness campaign presented as a club event. A lot of our guests maybe don’t get out as much as they once did and don’t see friends as often. Well, this provides a unique way to do both, while also being part of something that’s vibrant and exciting. Just because you reach a certain age, doesn’t mean you don’t want to have fun anymore. I think society has a habit of forgetting that. A lot of what we, as younger people, do to enjoy ourselves, these guys, they’ve not only seen it and done it all, they invented most of it.”

The idea of the Posh Club came about when Casson and Bowden noticed their elderly mother feeling a bit lonely. They decided to throw her a vintage tea party, and invited a few older guests.

The party was such a success at cheering up their mother, Casson and Bowden threw a second bash at a local church, inviting older people from the area. Since then, with the help of volunteers and subsidized by grants, the Posh Club runs in five locations: Crawley, Hastings, Hackney, Brighton, and Elephant and Castle.

Because of the lack of funding, however, it is not run continuously in all five locations.

Lamar Green

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