Dancing in the square

This year's Summer in the Square saw a number of events and activities, but one of the more memorable ones was the Octavia Foundation's tea dance.

This year’s Summer in the Square saw a number of exciting activities take place for visitors and residents. From musical acts to photography and art workshops, there was always something going on.

However, one event in particular brought the community together in true style – the Octavia Foundation tea party and tea dance. Held on a sunny summer’s afternoon at Grosvenor Square, the event provided isolated elderly people with company and fun activities to enjoy.

The 19 July event was a resounding success and saw people dancing and enjoying themselves by the Roosevelt statue, while a lively brass band played along. The day also saw a guitar workshop take place, music from folk band Trading With Craig and a special focus on mindfulness.

Octavia Foundation works closely to improve the lives of older and vulnerable people, particularly those who are lonely or isolated. They carry out their work by providing friendship visits and outings to ensure no one’s left alone. Some outings that have been organised in the past, including the tea dance at Summer in the Square, have comprised folk music, West End theatre and ballet, performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Silver Sunday events.

The organisation also holds an annual Christmas lunch, which gives otherwise isolated elderly people the chance to celebrate in good company. Furthermore, the charity also works with young people, offering them spaces where they can go to feel ‘safe, included and inspired’, as well as offering people of all ages advice and training to help people into work.

To read more about the Octavia Foundation and the work it does, click here.