Posted on 17 January 2020
The communal day rooms at sheltered scheme Benville House in Oval recently received a makeover from Property Manager Robyn St-Louis and Scheme Officer Martha Mutandiro-Chingunji, after residents said they wanted a space where they could socialise comfortably.
Residents were involved with the renovation from the start. They requested that the space was used to bring everyone together, and that they would like some new furniture, so they could spend less time on their own and take part in group activities.
Robyn and Martha ordered new sofas, a television and dining table and chairs, funded by the Hyde Foundation. Residents now enjoy weekly games of dominoes and watching their favourite television programmes together.
Benville House resident, Juliet Gambrah said of the makeover, “Although there was furniture before, the chairs were old and uncomfortable. This has opened up the space, the atmosphere is friendlier, and the room is more inviting for conversation. It’s a happier place.”
Martha Mutandiro-Chingunji said: “Involving residents meant we could make some simple changes to create a comfortable space that met their needs; somewhere they can get together and socialise. This helps reduce isolation and really creates a sense of community for our residents. And, ‘thank you’ Robyn for all your help – we couldn’t have done this without you!”