As a housing association we’re backing the national Homes at the Heart campaign that’s appealing to Government to put housing associations like Curo at the heart of the country’s COVID-19 recovery. One important part we play is in helping local people to live well.
The COVID-19 lockdown has hit everyone hard, and for our oldest residents living in our retirement accommodation (many who’ve been shielding for months) we have been doing all we can to bring people together in different ways.
Many of our sheltered housing schemes have community rooms that serve as vibrant LiveWell Hubs, running popular events every week from Scrabble and coffee mornings to exercise classes, digital masterclasses and craft sessions.
With lockdown, events like these have had to change.
We’ve not let that stop our efforts to bring people together safely. In recent weeks we’ve organised many varied social activities. Last week, residents at our Greenacres Court Extra Care scheme in Midsomer Norton came together to celebrate the opening of a new community garden, carefully designed with raised beds, accessible pathways and a few gnomes for good measure! We've posted a few photos on our Facebook Page here:
We’re encouraging residents to join our annual Curo in Bloom competition and we’ve set the challenge to aim high with sunflower seed packs given to many of our sheltered housing customers.
In July, we hosted a series of mini music concerts performed by professional musicians Lucy Hewson and Rebecca Prosser (pictured). Residents enjoyed the tunes from their windows, doorsteps and balconies, with some bringing chairs into the shared gardens to take part and chat to neighbours safely.
“It’s amazing to see all the effort you’re putting in to getting the site back to how it was,” said Peasedown St John resident Margaret. “The music was brilliant and it's lovely to see so many interacting for once.” Read more about these doorstep concerts in this blog by Curo LiveWell Officer Michelle Nash.
We’ve also launched a pen pals initiative, linking some of our oldest and youngest residents through the lost art of letter writing.
We’re looking forward to reopening our LiveWell Hubs as soon as it’s safe. In the meantime, we’re working hard to put on more events like these, alongside our regular wellbeing calls that we make to keep in touch our sheltered housing and Independent Living Service customers.