Extracare scheme reaches out to combat loneliness
One of our retirement living schemes in Coventry is helping to tackle social isolation by throwing open its doors to the local community.
We’re calling on people living in and around Bevan Court in Cheylesmore to join our residents for coffee mornings, gardening and other activities.
Activities coordinator for Bevan Court, Gemma Morrison, visited BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s studios to talk to radio presenter Vic Minett, who invited Gemma to be on her show after seeing one of her posts on the scheme’s Facebook page. Listen online: interview starts at 1:51.
Speaking live on air, Gemma told listeners: “We’re more connected than we’ve ever been, yet social isolation is a huge issue – not just for older people but for everybody.
“Our scheme is in such a wonderful community but we’re quite tucked away, so we’re encouraging people to come to us. We have coffee mornings every day at 10.30am and anyone is welcome to come along for some company.”
Gemma is especially keen to bring together gardeners from the local area to work with residents to get the scheme’s gardens in shape for summer.
She explained: “It would be lovely to have that community feel, for our customers to be able to interact with people of all ages and get our garden looking tip top.
“When you’re doing something good, it makes you feel happy, and everyone can benefit.”
If you would like to offer help with Bevan Court’s garden, showcase a talent you have to residents, or simply pop in for a coffee and a chat, you can contact Gemma via the scheme’s Facebook page (or search “Bevan Court”) or send an email with your details.