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Doing our part for the Day of Older Persons

30 September 2016

1st October marks The International Day of Older Persons, a day focusing on the important contributions that older people make to our society. As a charitable housing association, we manage 29 sheltered housing schemes for people over the age of 60 across the Wycombe district. So we know how important it is to bear in mind the needs, issues and challenges that older people face every day.

Which is why on Wednesday 28th we all got out into the community to take part in a district wide event focused on doing something special for our older residents.

Taking advantage of the great weather, and our Wednesday morning office closure which gives us time to develop our business and work more directly with customers, more than 80 staff took part in a variety of activities.

At a number of our schemes, we cooked a hearty breakfast for residents – with sausage and bacon sandwiches going down a treat. To promote healthy competition between our residents, we hosted an inter-scheme quiz – with a turn out of more than 120 people. It was close, the Mayorfield House scheme managed to secure victory! As the winning scheme, they will be presented with a trophy at our upcoming Neighbourhood Awards ceremony, on the 17th October. As a more long term way of making a difference to our residents, we also planted bulbs (kindly donated by our contractor John O’Connor) which should add some lovely greenery to each scheme once they bloom in spring.

Doing some gardening

As a community-focused organisation, we feel it’s important that we provide excellent services and work closely with our customers. By getting out into the heart of our communities, we can find out more about the people who live in our homes and tailor our services so they match their needs.

Gardening

Feedback so far from both staff and residents has been really positive and will help us hold even more successful events such as these in the future. A number of people told us that they would “love to have this kind of event happen again”. A resident from Barrowcroft said that the staff who came down had “great team spirit and were lovely to work alongside”.

You can find out more about how we're supporting our local communities on our website here.

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Red Kite Community Housing, Windsor Court, Kingsmead Business Park, High Wycombe, HP11 1JU

Red Kite Community Housing is the trading name of Red Kite Community Housing Limited, a charitable registered society which operates for the benefit of the community under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered in England with the Financial Conduct Authority (registration number 31322R) and the Regulator of Social Housing (registration number 4682). VAT number 290 7410 06.