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Yorkshire Housing have joined forces with community group Community Bees to appeal for volunteers in the York area to join their social meet up initiative “Sir Laugh-a-lot.” This initiative brings together both young and older men to share laughter and learn skills through a wide range of activities, aiming to prevent social isolation and loneliness.

So far their sessions have included wood craft, handicraft and building plastic models in various locations across York. But they are keen to have further sessions on practical DIY and woodwork and they want to attract more guys with these skills to join in.

James Haigh, Yorkshire Housing community investment manager said: “We would love some more customers to get involved with “Sir Laugh-a-lot.” If you want to learn woodwork or craft skills or if you have got these skills to share, please get in touch today!”

The next session takes place on the 22 of May at 1pm-3pm, then 12 June & 26th June at Oaken Grove Community Centre in Haxby, York. The initiative is supported by Travis Perkins. Community Bees aim to help reduce isolation, loneliness and the stigma around dementia within the community in York and across North Yorkshire. You can find out more by contacting them at communitybees2018@gmail.com