Gupshup friends adds warmth to the autumn chill

THE St Luke’s Clifford House Gupshup Club is bringing a little extra warmth to the chill of autumn.

Clifford House is the St Luke’s Hospice facility offering support to people living with life limiting illnesses.

One of its most successful activities has been the regular Gupshup Club, which was launched by St Luke’s Community Engagement Officer Naureen Khan, specifically to introduce Sheffield’s BME community to the facilities and services available for free to all at the city’s only hospice.

The weekly mix of conversation and cultural interchange between many differing cultures has proved a hit with visitors who enjoy the relaxed opportunity to simply chat and make new friends.

And to mark the start of autumn, with its cooler days and darker nights, the group decided to host a special morning of seasonal foods, conversation and entertainment.

“In the autumn and winter people are less likely to get out because it becomes so dark and cold, which can lead to feelings of depression and isolation,” said Naureen.

“Our clients like to be able to come to Clifford House to meet and chat with other people and to join in activities and we felt that a special autumn celebration would be a great reminder that the change of season doesn’t mean that should change.”

Among the treats that had been prepared were dishes made from oranges, parsnips and pine nuts.

“Along with some delicious food we also had a mixture of discussions, singing, music and poetry,” Naureen added.

“We even had one guest came from London with a friend and she was so impressed that she wants to set up a similar group back home!”

To find out more about Gupshup Club and all other Clifford House events simply visit www.stlukescliffordhouse.org.uk