Sheltered housing conference on Older People's Day hailed a great success
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Tenant Arthur Holt from Leyland taking part in the Introduction to art workshop.
Residents from New Progress Housing Association and New Fylde Housing’s sheltered housing schemes celebrated Older People’s Day at their annual sheltered housing conference on Tuesday 1 October, at Blackpool Hilton Hotel.
Older People’s Day celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and aims to tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
The sheltered housing conference entitled ‘Embracing Change’ kicked off with an interactive presentation and Q & A session by Bernie Keenan, Executive Director, followed by a performance from Silver Comedy, a company who actively engage with older people through comedy workshops and performances, before residents took part in a number of interactive workshops including origami, decorating cupcakes, silver surfing and a health and well-being session.
A workshop was also provided by the Progress Housing Group’s Financial Inclusion team on money matters, to help tenants to manage their money with useful budgeting tips and advice.
The day was hailed a great success by resident Florence Kirrelly fromSt John’ssheltered housing scheme in Lytham, who said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the day. It has really stood out for me, for being so different to any other conference, and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to bring it all together. It’s been brilliant.”
Free goodie bags were given out to residents on the day and other highlights included a game of Bingo and a prize draw with prizes including a £50 shopping vouchers. There was also a picture wall and information stands where residents could look through photographs taken at previous events and find out about events and services available to them.
Bernie Keenan, Executive Director of Housing, Community and Support Services for Progress Housing Group, said:
"It’s been great to see our sheltered housing residents coming together at this event to share their views and express their opinions, it was a great day and I was delighted to be a part of it."
Sue Whitham, Head of Housing Support for Progress Housing Group, said:
"Each year I'm amazed by the energy and enthusiasm of our sheltered housing residents and this year is no different; it was great to see so many of them attend the conference and tell us what they think. The feedback we have received from the residents has been very positive and I'd like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a great success."