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Prior Park resident

Valerie Boulton

said:

“Activities like this are important. They encourage

fellowship and get you out of the house. We are

lucky here; other schemes aren’t as busy as this.”

Debbie Oxford

and

Joy Gadsby

from emh homes

are the driving force behind many of the events at

Prior Park, and regularly organise concerts, bridge

games, Macmillan coffee mornings, hot lunches,

and theatre, shopping and cinema trips.

Peggs Grange resident

Mary Betteson

said:

“It’s beautiful here.

Everyone is so friendly

and nice, and they put on

a good spread! We

always look forward to

coming here. It has been

a lovely afternoon.”

“ Council cuts have forced lunch clubs to close

down. Previously, in rural areas, older people

across 10 villages would get together and meet,

but this has all stopped in the past few years.

“ Residents were playing bingo and enjoying

quizzes but these sorts of things are the first to

disappear when cutbacks are made. As a result,

they can feel vulnerable and hesitant to go

outside their front door, but get-togethers like

this help a lot.”

Rachel Bromhead-Smith, Organiser

Residents from two of our sheltered

housing schemes joined together for an

afternoon of tea and cake.

Five tenants of Peggs Grange in

Hugglescote travelled to Ashby-de-la-

Zouch to share lunch, cream tea and cake

with those living at Prior Park.

Just my cup of tea

Joy

said:

“The two schemes join together a

couple of times a month, so everyone can get to

know one another. We use the emh homes

minibus when we can, but some come over on

their own. Events like this really do contribute to

the residents’ overall wellbeing, which is

important. And offering people cream cake

never hurts!”

Debbie

said:

“Isolation is the worst thing so we

like to keep the residents busy. Nothing seems

quite so bad when you’ve been out and had

some food and a giggle.”

Doreen Makins

has lived at Prior Park for 13 years.

She said:

“I couldn’t recommend living here

highly enough. We’ve got a day with no activities

tomorrow and I won’t know what to do with

myself! I struggle to do everything they plan for

us – they wear us out!”

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