Retirement living residents in Doncaster have travelled back to the 1950s in the first of three unique social events designed to reduce isolation in older people.
Organised by Aspiring 2, and funded by Sanctuary Housing, the 50s vintage-themed party saw 31 residents and visitors get into the swing of things at the housing provider’s Church View retirement living scheme in Edlington.
Starting with an afternoon tea, complete with cakes and sandwiches, guests were then invited to join in with a memory sharing session, a 50s-themed quiz and a round of bingo, all enjoyed with music from the era.
The vintage-themed party starts off a set of special social events for the scheme’s residents, which will also include a swinging 60s party and a 1940s street party. In addition to Sanctuary’s finding, Aspiring 2 raised over £600 to put towards the events through raffles and fundraising.
Aspiring 2 is a community-interest company established to support not-for-profit organisations and to help their clients overcome a range of barriers, whether social, emotional or physical.
Aspiring 2 director Nicky Birkinshaw said: “We always enjoy our time spent sharing memories, laughter and fun with the residents and guests.
“Sanctuary’s funding has allowed us to hold events at no cost to attendees. The feedback we receive is always positive and we hope friendships and peer support will continue and grow.”
Dave Halstead, Sanctuary’s relief scheme manager, added: “This has been a fantastic way for us to bring our residents together, particularly at this time of year when older people do tend to feel lonelier.
“Community-led events like this provide a great way to strengthen our ties within the local community and it was wonderful to see that everyone had such a good time.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities. To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Grand Ideas Fund webpage