Posted on 06 June 2017
Our residents from St Mauritius House recently enjoyed a fun afternoon of activities, including workshops, music and cultural dance shows. The event also marked the launch of their twice weekly lunch club.
The open event organised by residents in partnership with us and Lewisham Council’s Community Connections team was an opportunity to bring residents and the local community together.
Charmaine Binns, Community Connections Development Worker said, “Our aim is to deliver and develop services that provide residents with more choice. We visited the residents a couple of months ago and found that they wanted information on healthy eating and dementia. Residents were also really keen on having a fun cultural event that they could enjoy with their friends and family. We managed to combine these requests by inviting a dance group to perform and holding workshops on the topics the residents wanted to hear about.”
Guests were treated to a Quadrille dance performance by JANUKA dancers, promoting Jamaican cultural heritage. Resident Doxie Odle said; “This has been a fantastic event. The food has been brilliant and I’m looking forward to many more lunches with my friends. I like to see everybody enjoying themselves and tapping their feet to the music. This brings back my cultural roots. The dancing has been wonderful and has sparked everyone’s enthusiasm.”
The open event also kick started national volunteers week. Staff from across the Hyde Group volunteered to help with the afternoon’s activities. Tamara Williams- Harding, Lead Scheme Officer at Hyde said, “It’s been fantastic to have staff volunteering today. The residents have really enjoyed sharing their stories with different people. We understand that some of our residents can feel lonely and isolated so we have set up a volunteering befriender scheme. Staff give up an hour each week to spend with the resident, which is invaluable to someone that is feeling lonely. This event has been a huge success not only because everyone has really enjoyed themselves but we’ve also had another member of staff join the befriender scheme.”
We offer all staff the opportunity to take advantage of two days paid volunteering leave for a charity or organisation of their choice. Throughout national volunteers week, we have been holding a variety of events at other sheltered schemes; including musical bingo, chair based exercise workshops and dance lessons.