24 Jul 2013

GreenSquare holds summer forum for its older residents

Housing group GreenSquare held a social event for its older residents recently, at the Beversbrook Sports Centre in Calne.  

One hundred GreenSquare residents from all across North Wilshire attended the event, where they were given information about Welfare Reform changes, voted on their favourite gardens at GreenSquare developments, and enjoyed a ‘Singing for the Brain’ sing-a-long run by the Alzheimer’s Society. In addition, the GreenSquare community officers gave a presentation on the merits of living in sheltered housing and there was a raffle to win a variety of prizes.

As part of a presentation on Welfare Reform, which explained how older people might be affected by the changes, residents took part in a ‘The Price Is Right’ style game. They were invited to guess how much a basket of shopping would cost, if the items in it, which included Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, a pint of milk, Fairy washing up liquid, Tetley tea bags and butter, were all Sainsbury's own-branded goods rather than branded products.

Hazel Lugg, a GreenSquare resident from Calne, guessed the closest with an estimated saving of £7.50 and won the basket of shopping, which was worth £11.76. She said: “I said the number off the top of my head, so I was rather shocked to win! I can’t remember the last time I won anything so I am delighted. I am surprised at how much you could save by switching to supermarkets’ own-brands.” 

Sarah Bradbury, Older Persons Service Manager at GreenSquare, organised the event. She explained: “Events like this are a great way of bringing people together. We arrange all the transport and provide tea, coffee and a light lunch for everyone who attends, so it is very much a social occasion.

“We use these forums as an opportunity to inform our residents of issues that may affect them, such as the changes to benefits. By inviting the Alzheimer’s society to this event, we hoped to help residents that may be affected by this disease, or a member of their family. I would like to say a big thank you to the Society for running the Singing for the Brain, which really went down a storm.” 

“We are delighted to announce that the winner of the best garden, as voted for by the residents who attended the forum, is the garden at The Wharf, Calne, which wins the coveted trophy until next year. Glovers court, Malmesbury was chosen as the runner up. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to maintain these gardens!”

Linda Allen, a GreenSquare resident from Corsham attended the event. She added: “Everyone really enjoyed the singing and it was great to see everyone joining in. There was a fantastic turn out at the event despite the extremely hot weather – personally, I think it is nice to get involved.”