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Retirement residents enjoy ‘Whiffle Wednesdays’

23 August 2018
Whiffle Pig staff member Natalie Fahy with Greenwich Gardens resident Julie Whybrew

An innovative project is helping residents at a retirement living service in Derby build self-confidence and develop new skills.

With funding from Sanctuary Group, community interest company Whiffle Pig is delivering a series of activities and creative workshops for residents at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Greenwich Gardens.

During the six-month ‘Whiffle Wednesdays’ project, residents will take part in weekly workshops featuring a range of activities such as music, dance and crafts.

They will also attend local events, including a tea dance and photography exhibition, all aimed at building confidence and helping residents become more independent and socially active.

Joanna Collins, scheme services manager at Greenwich Gardens, said: “Whiffle Wednesdays is a wonderful way for our residents to learn new skills and get to know others in their community.

“Sanctuary is committed to helping residents lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and supporting projects such as this is a great way for us to achieve those goals.”

Rachel Pratt, director and lead artist at Whiffle Pig, added: “The pilot workshops we have already held at Greenwich Gardens have been a great success and we can’t wait to get started on this next chapter.

“We are now in the privileged position of being able to encourage and support participants to build their confidence, socialise more and develop or revisit skills they thought were lost or never had the opportunity to try.”

This project is 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 335163 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk .