Leeds Rhinos Foundation launch virtual Tea and Talk sessions.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation has launched a new initiative to help tackle loneliness in these challenging times.

The new Tea and Talk sessions are open for anybody to join and will be held every Friday from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. The aim of the sessions is to provide a fun, safe space for people to get together virtually each week and have a natter with others over a cuppa, about anything from Rugby League to current affairs.

Once logged onto the call, Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Community Clubs Development Officer, Sam Horner, will be there to welcome people into the group and kick off the chat.

Horner, who over the last few months has been volunteering in the community to deliver food parcels to those most in need in Leeds and has helped to cheer up local residents with his impersonation of Elvis Presley, said he was pleased to be involved in this new project.

He said: “At a time when many of us are apart, this group will be a great opportunity to come together with other people and feel like we are all part of a team again.

“There is no obligation to attend and you can drop in to whichever sessions you like, so if you sign up and can’t make one then you can always come along next week. We’ll be covering a whole host of topics and making sure to bring a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to every meet up.

“We have some great Tea and Talk sessions lined up and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone who joins us.”

Leeds Rhinos Foundation will be releasing monthly timetables of what topics of discussion they have lined up, with some exciting sessions already planned for December:

11th December 2020 – Warm welcome- getting to know you, meeting our hosts and what to expect from the Tea & Talk sessions.

18th December 2020 – Challenge Cup, looking back on the history of this famous competition and celebrating recent success for Leeds Rhinos.

25th December 2020 – A great big Christmas Quiz, join us on Christmas Day for an hour of festive trivia fun!

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Health Improvement Officer Amy Livingstone is excited to launch these sessions and believes they will be a great way to celebrate the power of community at this time.

She said: “This year has been particularly difficult, with lockdown and social distancing having exacerbated feelings of isolation for many people. Socialising with others, even virtually, is one way we can help to tackle loneliness and build connections.

“There has been so much change this year with empty stadiums, cancelled sessions and working from home, but people have still managed to come together and we hope to continue this throughout the winter months by providing an hour of Friday fun.

“You don’t need to be a fan of Rugby League or even tea to get involved. Whether it be a lunch break escape from work, a chance to meet some new friends or maybe you want to share your stories with likeminded people, grab yourself a drink, sit back and join us each Friday for a great time!”

If you would like to join us for one of our Friday Tea and Talk sessions, please email [email protected] to receive your Zoom access code.