Enable2 invite care home residents to a special afternoon of tea and dancing
15 Aug 2018
“This is the second afternoon tea we have hosted. We want to give something back to our elderly community. So we invite residents from local care homes to have afternoon tea with us here at Enable2 and enjoy some games and dancing. A change of scenery and a chance to socialise is very important for those who may not be able to get out much, or need help to meet other people, so we want to address that.”
Helen Hoyle, Social Return Manager Enable2
Eight local care home residents were taxied in comfort to Westend Mill at Enable2’s headquarters where Val Convery of Enable2 and Laura Liddon from Bradford Council’s Dance for Life programme were there to greet them.
A sumptuous afternoon tea was provided by local social enterprise café, The Canteen in Bradford, and guests enjoyed chatting and taking part in Laura’s fun dance exercises and musical bingo.
Feedback from the guests was extremely positive. One guest said, “one hundred per cent I’ve had a fabulous time,” and, “the food and sandwiches were lovely”. One lady told us she not been out for eighteen months.
Lifting people’s spirits and gaining support from others through social situations has a great deal of value in improving the quality of life for those who may feel lonely or isolated. Enable2 through its social return work hopes to address these sorts of issues.
“The whole event cost less than £150, which is a small amount of money to give eight local residents such a wonderful afternoon. We are now planning our next afternoon tea around Christmas time so we hope to make it a really special, festive one.”
Val Convery, Facilities and Social Return Administrator, Enable2