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Christmas celebrations at Olive Mount in Liverpool

17 December 2015
Enjoying their festive party at Olive Mount Community Centre, Wavertree are (front left - with antlers) Rose Harrington, Irene Wilde, Rose Cook, Ruth Taylor with Sanctuary Housing Officer Chris Smart and Barbara Sullivan.

It was party time for residents as they enjoyed Christmas dinner and festive games at one of Sanctuary’s retirement living schemes in Liverpool.

Residents at Olive Mount Community Centre in Liverpool celebrate Christmas

More than 60 residents took part in fun-filled activities including bingo and a raffle compèred by local resident Ron Duncan, with entertainment from local singer Debbie Gould at Olive Mount Community Centre in Wavertree.

Sanctuary’s Olive Mount Residents Action Group organised the festive event

The celebrations, which included a Christmas lunch cooked by four apprentices from nearby Oakmere Community College in Walton, were organised by Sanctuary’s Olive Mount Residents Action Group.

Sanctuary housing officer Chris Smart said: “This was a fantastic fun packed day bringing Sanctuary residents and community centre users together.”

Andy Campbell, head of catering at Oakmere Community College, added: “It was great to see the young learners with the older generation. These initiatives work wonders for the young people’s confidence, really helping them to progress with apprenticeships which will lead to employment.”

Paul Taylor, Chair of Olive Mount Residents Action Group, said: “This festive day launched our group, which works to maintain a good quality of living and to promote community cohesion. With community activities such as this we aim to make social isolation a thing of the past. In partnership with Sanctuary Housing, we will be planning future events such as a Burns night substituting haggis with our special scouse stew and also with entertainment. Watch this space.”