Lindsey Stevens, Caroline Bates, Lily Singleton and Jenna Yates (L-R)Staff at Mears Blaise Weston were challenged to work in their local communities to tackle the debilitating issues of isolation and loneliness. These devastating problems often affect people of all ages and can be reduced by ensuring there are more events where people can come together and enjoy social activities.Mears Blaise Weston in partnership with Hanover Housing and the local Blaise Weston resident’s social club recently hosted a Fun Day. Mears received a £500 grant from Lawrence Weston Older Persons Fund to help pay for the event. The day was a great success with the whole community enjoying themselves. There was an abundance of activities including music and dance sessions, craft activities, an opportunity to learn circus skills and Alive! reminiscence workshops.The Alive! workshop attracted a lot of attention with everyone enjoying finding out about resident’s life stories. The workshop gave residents the opportunity to relive and discuss their most important memories.Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people by enabling their participation in meaningful activity. The reminiscence workshop are designed to help older people relive their most important memories: where they grew up, went to school, got married etc, reminding them of their wealth of experiences and achievements, so improving their self-esteem. The group work encourages communication and connection between older people, fostering a shared sense of belonging.Marie a resident said: “I loved the whole day especially the reminiscent workshop because it brought back some great memories”. Sue Appoo, Mears Blaise Weston Care Manager said:“The objective of these events was to bring the community together. They were a huge success and I could not have been more pleased”.