Winter Jamboree Event for Older Residents of Brent
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Picture of residents enjoying the event
Brent Housing Partnership and KCA, Alpha, Gorefield and Four Courts Residents’ Association hosted a Winter Jamboree on the South Kilburn Estate. The aim of the event was to provide support to older residents during the winter period and was sponsored by Age UK.
The event featured a series of talks and surgeries to support older people on topics such as welfare benefits, nutrition, keeping warm in winter, advice with rent arrears and fuel bills.
This was a fun and informative event, highlights of the day included:
- A free hot meal for residents
- A live entertainer and dance
- All older residents received a free hamper containing items such as a warm blanket, thermos cup, thick socks, gloves, hats, cereal, coffee, tea and tins of food
- A free raffle and a game of bingo with prizes which were kindly been donated by local businesses from Brent
- A series of talks and surgeries to support residents on topics such as welfare benefits, health and nutrition, keeping warm in winter, advice with rent arrears and fuel bills
Maureen Coughlin, a resident who attended the event said: “I attended the Winter Jamboree and must say it was a great afternoon. There was an informative and interesting talk by a member of Diabetes UK. We were entertained with a singer who sang a number of golden oldies, a few games of bingo followed by a raffle. Thank you so much to BHP and Age UK for a brilliant afternoon. It would be wonderful to have more events like this in the future.”
Barbara Rowe, Head of Neighbourhood Services at BHP said: “Older residents are often the most vulnerable in society, and they are especially at risk during the winter period. We wanted this event to address key issues for our older residents such as financial concerns, fuel poverty, health problems, anti social behaviour and isolation. Our long-term goal is to identify support that residents may need and to put them into contact with key services.”