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Mears helps put on a party for lonely older people

Mears, the leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider in the UK, was contacted to see if itwould be able to help put on an event for socially isolated and lonely older people. A social group had been created for elderly people with the aim of enabling them to make lasting friendships and to find meaningful occupation and purpose in their daily lives.The group members were keen to have a party but it became clear that finding the money for the event would present a problem. This is where the local Mears Grimsby branch stepped in and, through a branch fundraising event, they were able to raise over £550 to ensure that the party would go ahead.The party, which was attended by service users and their families, was a huge success. Held just before Christmas, which is a time when many older people feel increasingly lonely and isolated, the party offered delicious food, entertainment and exciting prizes. The entertainment was provided by the GI Girls and the A&M School of Dance. The girls from the school gave up their free time to perform a programme of contemporary dance which delighted everyone at the party.The event was also supported by volunteers from the Older People’s Crisis Home Treatment Team and members of Mears staff.Helen Whyte, Mears Partnership Manager said: “Everyone at the branch really wanted to support NAViGO and the work they do with isolated older people in our community. The fundraising event was a great success and seeing how much it meant to the people at the party was fantastic.“Mears is dedicated to supporting our local communities, reducing isolation and loneliness. By working with NAViGO we helped ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in our community enjoyed a social event helping to reduce the debilitating feelings of loneliness.”June Stringer, NAViGO Support Worker said: “The party was wonderful and everyone enjoyed themselves. As part of my job I’m fortunate enough to run a small social group which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness. The fantastic support of Mears enabled us to put on this event and I look forward to continuing our relationship throughout 2015.”Volunteer with NAViGONAViGO are looking for volunteer drivers for their dial-a-ride so that the Sunday Club can continue. To volunteer for NAViGO please contact Kelly Moore on 01472 875371.


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