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Christmas angels deliver festive cheer to 2,000 sheltered residents



Last week more than 2,000 people living in Curo’s sheltered housing across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset received a Christmas wellbeing food and activity gift delivery, along with a Christmas card designed by 14-year-old Curo resident Gina Paradise.

The gift packs, made and delivered with stringent COVID-safety measures in place at every stage, were hand delivered by colleagues from teams across Curo housing association.

Curo Livewell Officer Michelle Nash, who helped to organise the deliveries, said: “In normal times we would have held several Christmas parties and dinners across the area but were unable to hold any festive gatherings this year. We decided instead to spread some Christmas cheer a little differently and, with the help of some of our amazing Curo colleagues, we managed to deliver Christmas goodies to well over 2,000 customers in just four days.”

Every customer received a Christmas card, a food box of treats including scones and jam, mince pies, an orange, coffee or hot chocolate with marshmallows, sweets, plus a wordsearch and a writing gift set.

With the writing sets, residents were invited to write about a memory from their past or from this extraordinary lockdown year. The winning entries will receive a prize and Curo hopes to publish a collection of the short stories in the new year for residents to share with each other.

Michelle added: “We’ve had heart-warming feedback from so many of our customers, with one resident telling us that the gesture made her feel that she was not forgotten, and another describing the team as angels.”

Throughout lockdown Curo, along with partners St John’s Foundation Trust, have put on COVID-safe events held outside or online to help bring people together and help people feel less lonely. These have included a series of doorstep concerts, VE Day celebrations and commemorations for Remembrance Day.

All Curo sheltered housing and Livewell customers get regular contact from their dedicated teams who check on their wellbeing and provide tailored support, and that has continued throughout the pandemic and lockdowns, with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Picture, L-R: Curo colleagues Lauren Stacey, Kelly England, Paul Roles, Andy Russell, Michelle Roe, Jada Hudson and Mandy Henley busy delivering goodie bags to customers in Keynsham.

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