‘Silver Comedy’ debut in North East at opening of new North Tyneside extra care development for over 55s
Published by Anonymous for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing
Riverside Group Director of Care and Support Leann Hearne, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn, tenants Dorothy and Ella (front sitting) with Riverside Chief Executive Carol Matthews playing a game of Amazing Robot at the launch of Riverside’
The ground-breaking comedy team, who work with the over 55s, was officially debuted in the North East when they came to Wideopen in North Tyneside to join Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and housing association Riverside ECHG to officially open a new care development today (20 June 2014).
Silver Comedy has gained national plaudits for its unique approach to involving older people, as well as those who have dementia or people who have felt isolated. The Silver Comedy team encourages people to participate in writing and performing comedy sketches alongside their host of professional comedians.
“Everyone has an ‘inner mischief’ inside them,” said George Baddeley from Silver Comedy. “We find that comedy is a great way of getting to this and bringing people out of themselves, as well as boosting their minds and imagination.”
Riverside’s Area Manager, Colin West explained the championing of comedy at their new development: “Apart from being a beautifully designed place to live extra care housing is about being active and having a social life. This is just as important as having access to the tailored care packages we provide that help each person with the right level of support for them to remain independent.”
North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn officially declared Riverside’s new extra care housing development, Weetslade Court open as part of the housing association’s celebration.
Weetslade Court comprises of 51 apartments and is a modern, safe and social place to live for the over 55s. It has a team of dedicated staff onsite who can deliver care to tenants who need support, with flats available for rent or to buy on a shared ownership basis.
Facilities at Weetslade include a welcoming reception, social enterprise café situated in the large bright communal lounge, a dementia-friendly garden, wellbeing suite and a hair salon which is also open to the Wideopen community.
Weetslade Court was developed in partnership with North Tyneside Council and is a key part of the authority’s strategy for supporting older people across the area.
North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said: “I’m delighted to officially open this wonderful new development which will make a tremendous difference to the lives of the people living here.
“Housing for older people is a priority for the council and this scheme provides independent living in a safe environment with high quality care close at hand should they need it.
“I wish all the tenants every happiness in their new homes and I’m looking forward to popping back in a few months to find out how they’re settling in.”
Part of the Five Mile Park development by Bellway Homes, Weetslade Court borders on Weetslade Country Park and is the first housing scheme of its kind in the Wideopen area. Colin West added: “The scheme provides independence and security for older people with a focus on supporting them to keep active and to be involved in the local community. “Services and activities at Weetslade Court promote an excellent quality of life and an active mental and physical wellbeing.”