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Fun Day to bring Lawrence Weston community together

Fun Day to bring Lawrence Weston community together

Staff at Mears Blaise Weston have been 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 in partnership with Hanover Housing and the local Blaise Weston resident’s social club with be hosting a Fun Day on Saturday 26 July from 11am to 2pm. It will be held at Mears Care, Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0AF. In addition to a wide range of tasty food and drink, visitors can enjoy taking part in craft activities, learning circus skills and joining in the Alive! reminiscence workshop. There will also be a manned bouncy castle, craft stalls, games and much more.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 and got married, 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.Sue Appoo, Mears Care Manager said: “The biggest challenge in our community is social isolation and we felt that organising a day that everyone could enjoy would be a fantastic way to bring people together. We applied to the Lawrence Weston Older Persons Fund for a grant and received £500 towards putting on this event. The grant has gone directly to the social club which is run by the residents’.The day is planned to appeal to all ages, although we know that isolation and loneliness is a particular issue for older people, it’s really important to us and the local community to encourage inter-generational interaction. We hope it will be a great success and become an annual event.”Eileen O’Brien from the Blaise Weston resident’s social club said: “It’s been a fantastic experience organising this event and we hope that everyone will enjoy the day. An easy way to tackle isolation is for people to get to know each other and become better neighbours. We hope that the Fun Day will help people to make new friends and reduce the isolation experienced by many.”To find out further information please contact Sue Appoo on 0117 938 2912 or email sue.appoo@mearsgroup.co.uk.