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Telford retirement living residents challenge themselves for 2016

2 February 2016
Hartshorne Court’s Challenge 2016

A year of giving, exercising, socialising and more awaits residents of a Telford retirement living scheme as they take part in a 2016 challenge.

Sanctuary Housing’s Hartshorne Court retirement living scheme will be hosting its own Challenge 2016, which encourages residents to try activities from five different categories: being active, connecting with people, giving time or assistance, learning and noticing.

Activities in the campaign, which is adapted from Telford & Wrekin Council’s own Challenge 2016, include an hour of gardening (being active), reconnecting with a lost friend, learning to fix something broken, taking note of how others are feeling and volunteering to be a snow warden (giving).

Scheme manager Vivienne Chalmers, who is leading the campaign at the scheme, said: “I found the council’s Challenge 2016 really inspiring and something that we wanted to replicate for our residents to get them talking about how they will push themselves in the year ahead.

“In its existing format, the challenge wouldn’t be a perfect fit for the specific needs of our older residents, so we’ve added in some ideas that are better suited and can’t wait to get to work.”

Hartshorne Court’s take on the challenge will allow it to make use of some of the initiatives it has launched over the past few years, such as its annual health walk, computer clubs, art workshops and outdoor gym.

Twenty residents have already signed up for the challenge, with each receiving a checklist for the goals they have set for themselves to tick off over the course of the year.