On Friday 7 December, apprentices at Curo held a Christmas party for 50 elderly residents living in our sheltered housing.
Dean Smith is one of the team of 16 apprentices across Curo who organised the event: “We wanted to do something special, as apprentices, for the community this Christmas – in particular for people who might be lonely at Christmas. That’s where the Cosy Christmas idea came from. We organised everything ourselves, from the food to the raffle prizes and gift bags, and we also arranged transport. It’s been really heart-warming to see how much the event has meant to our customers.”
The Cosy Curo Christmas featured a Christmas buffet, carol singers, bingo, a quiz and a raffle which raised over £100 for Curo’s charity of the year – the Cancer Centre at the Bath Royal United Hospital.
Curo customer Carole Williams, who lives in Combe Down, Bath, said: “It’s been very enjoyable and it means a lot for myself and especially for people older than me to come out and mix with other people”.
Curo runs activities throughout the year at the housing association’s network of Livewell Hubs across Bath & North East Somerset. Over Christmas the hubs will be hosting many more Christmas lunches and parties for elderly people living locally. Find out more about the hubs here.
As well as welcoming residents from Curo’s sheltered schemes, the event was also for customers of Curo’s Independent Living Service which provides support to help people stay in their own home. The service is available to anyone regardless of whether they rent or own their home.