Older Residents Stretch Their Bones During
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing
An extra care housing estate in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire threw open its doors last week as it welcomed members of the local community to a special showcase event.
Nearly 50 residents from Hanover’s Marina Court were joined by dozens of older people from Gloucestershire along with representatives from 18 voluntary sector organisations.
The wellbeing extravaganza was hosted by Hanover Housing Association, to coincide with the National Housing Federation’s ‘South West Support Matters Month.’ The event offered older people advice and a whole host of top tips enabling them to stay fit, healthy and active.
65 year old Marina Court resident Mrs Shyamashree Dutta who moved there when her husband was diagnosed with acute angina, said: “The information provided on the day was very useful. I particularly enjoyed the spinning class. Although it was quite tiring it was lots of fun. Afterwards we all met for tea in Marina Court’s garden.”
Rebecca Long, Hanover’s Estate Manager for Marina Court said: “I was really pleased with the turnout for the events. All of the residents who attended said they found the hints, tips and classes informative and helpful.
“In addition to the health and wellbeing advice we had a demonstration of Zumba Gold and our very own Pets as Therapy Pyrenean Mountain Dog, helped us demonstrate the benefits of dog walking.”
Jenny Allen, South West Lead Manager for the National Housing Federation said: “There have been more than 100 events organised for this year’s South West Support Matters Month - we’re delighted that Hanover are among providers flying the flag for these services. The campaign is all about raising awareness of the work that providers do in the South West, and the crucial lifeline they offer to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.’