Christmas is the season of giving and this year, our staff and the wider community have been going the extra mile to make sure those living in our Extra Care, supported living, refuges and sheltered schemes feel the Christmas spirit this year.
Our Extra Care schemes have received a festive makeover, with the Torus Support Network Housing Team putting John Lewis to shame with their festive window display at Heald Farm Court in Newton.
Health & Wellbeing Officer – Extra Care, Nikki Wilkinson, commented;
“It has been a hard year for those living in our schemes, the restrictions have meant the residents have seen less of their families and many of the activities, where they would normally enjoy meeting other people, were no longer available to them.
“As a team, the Torus Support Network changed the way we delivered our support and activities, to make sure they were safe and within the guidelines. It has been vital to keeping up spirits and making sure that no one felt isolated throughout the pandemic.
“Christmas can magnify feelings of loneliness and isolation, but we wanted to make sure that Christmas in our schemes are still a special time for our older and vulnerable residents despite the pandemic.”
Across our heartlands, our colleagues and communities have been spreading the Christmas joy.
There is plenty of festive fun planned. The courtyards of Parr Mount Court and Heald Farm Court will host St Helens Music Service who’ll be playing Christmas Carols – socially distanced, of course.
The Support Network Care Team has some festive performances planned too – ‘Oh no they haven’t’, ‘Oh yes they do!’ And, of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tasty treat so Waterfields bakery has donated mince pies too.
JTF Discount Warehouses donated Christmas trees to Sankey Manor and Woolston Hall Extra Care in Warrington. These were delivered by Torus Foundation with a guest appearance from Warrington Wolves Foundation’s one and only Wolfie.
Supported living schemes in St Helens & Ormskirk have received an overwhelming 200+ cards, poems, letters and drawings from pupils at local schools.
Primary school pupils in St Helens have been boosting spirits in our Sheltered Schemes. Sherdley Primary School filmed their very own Christmas concert which was shared with residents and Rivington Primary School sent artwork and Christmas cards.
Children escaping domestic abuse who will be spending Christmas in Refuge this year, won’t miss out either. Thanks to a donation of 20 boxes of toys from KidsOut charity, they’ll all have something lovely to open on Christmas Day too.
Sounds like it’s going to be a very merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all and here’s to a happier 2021.