As a community organisation we really value being able to give something back to our local communities. We do this regularly in a number of ways. You’ll find out what we’re up to in our communities here.
Supporting dementia patients
With the help of our volunteers, we’ve been supporting patients with dementia by knitting hand muffs here at Red Kite. People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. Knitted hand muffs provide a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time keeps patients hands snug and warm.
June Wakefield, who was one of our longstanding volunteers, has been particularly active in supporting the campaign and has knitted over 40 Twiddle Muffs for this great cause. So far they have been donated to many different local care facilities including: Safe Haven Dementia Centre, Cliveden Manor, The Princes Centre, Ash Hill School and Holmers House.
Men's Sheds provides a place where men of all ages can come together and take part in activities similar to what they would do at home or in their own garden shed, but in a social setting. A typical ‘Shed’ provides materials, tools and equipment to enable members to develop interests and get involved in productive activities while using their existing skills or learning new ones, all while socialising with other members. They are always looking for new members and new ideas for different things to make, so if you would like to get involved, you can find out more on their website.
We've given funding to 'Young Roots', a local project run by Chiltern Rangers. Designed to get young people involved in looking after the River Wye, they also do a whole host of great activities including cooking, music and re-greening of the town centre.
You can find out more about Young Roots on the Chiltern Rangers website.
Art in Action
With support from us, Wycombe Youth Action put together 'Art in Action', a project to teach young people about photography. It was designed to give young people a way to develop their CVs while they meet new friends - all for free! The course ran in June 2016, and was a great success - check out some of the amazing photos that were taken across the project on their website here.
Our community morning
Every year we organise a district wide community morning where all our staff get out and about in the community supporting local charities and organisations. From listening to children read, getting stuck into gardening, painting fences, refurbishing premises, cooking breakfast for some of our older residents, holding an estate clear up, to helping out with admin work, we do loads of different things to support our communities. There is always a real buzz once everyone had returned to the office, as it really drives home what we’re about – being a Community housing association.
Keep an eye on our What’s on page to find more information about our next community morning, and what we’ll be doing for it.