Older residents get on board for Tall Ships adventure
Published by NigelHowle for Staffordshire Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Ready to set sail: (left to right) Frank Lawton, Tony Millington, Gloria Mountford, Susan O’Rourke, and Joan Plant.
Five older Stoke-on-Trent residents are preparing to join youngsters on a seafaring adventure thanks to sponsorship from Staffordshire Housing Association.
The Housing Association offered an opportunity to residents from its older people’s villages and sheltered housing schemes to join a crew from the Tall Ships Youth Trust to mark the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations.
The challenge was taken up by Susan O’Rourke, 62, who lives atRowanVillage, Meir, and four residents ofBradeleyVillage, Frank Lawton, 72, Tony Millington, 72, Joan Plant, 73, and Gloria Mountford, 80.
The five will set sail from Portsmouth on a four day voyage on Monday (Sept 10) which will take them around England’s south coast and (weather permitting) to the Channel Islands and the north coast of France.
They will be on board a 72 ft ocean going yacht along with five experienced seafarers and will help with tasks including stowing and handling sails, galley work, helming and keeping watch.
“It is the chance of a lifetime and something I can tell my grandchildren about. I’m excited, but a bit nervous of going into the unknown,” said Tony Millington.
While Joan Plant added: “I’m very excited, a little nervous, but ready to go. I’m looking forward to cementing friendships and learning as many skills as I can.”
Julie Russell, Staffordshire Housing Association’s Supported Housing Manager, said: “We are passionate about helping people to age well, to stay active where they can and to keep learning and developing.
“The challenge is a fabulous opportunity and our residents have responded to it with enthusiasm and a spirit of adventure.
“We wish our intrepid five participants well and can’t wait to hear their stories on their return.”
For media enquiries contact Sandra Barber at Staffordshire Housing Association on 01782 744533.
Notes to Editors:
Staffordshire Housing Group is committed to building a better future for local communities. The group’s parent organisation, Staffordshire Housing Association, has around 3,000 homes for rent and sale, including three older people’s villages, and offers a range of tenant services. Revival Home Improvement Agency works with older and vulnerable home owners to help them stay warm, secure and independent in well-maintained homes.BlueMountainHousing Association works closely with refugees to provide essential support and help with access to healthcare, education, training and employment. Since April 2012, Hanley-based charity Arch has been part of the group. Arch provides accommodation and support services to people in need, including survivors of domestic violence, ex-offenders and young people leaving care.
For more information please visit www.staffshousing.org.uk.
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