Home Instead Senior Care Aylesbury and North East Oxfordshire, in partnership with Holiday Inn Aylesbury and a local dance school, The Aylesbury Performing Arts Centre, organised an afternoon tea for local elderly individuals, who for reasons including mobility and accessibility, are not able to go out and socialise in a relaxed and safe environment.
The event which took place at Holiday Inn in Aylesbury on 17 March was six months in the planning. For Ian Rees, Holiday Inn General Manager, the reason for their involvement was easy ' We have a well-established track record over 30 years of doing our bit to support the local community and we’re delighted to support this thoroughly worthwhile venture'. For Bal Harrington, one of the Directors of Home Instead Aylesbury, it was about giving something back as we’d identified a gap through the people we work with. When I first approached Ian at the Holiday Inn with some ideas I was thrilled to find plenty of support. Ian got involved and together we came up with a solution that worked for all the participating parties, and on the day, I was impressed with the hospitality provided.
The event itself was gentle and relaxed and much enjoyed by the audience. Kerrie Brindle from Benefit Health & Wellbeing led a series of armchair exercises and quickly had everyone joining in. She was understanding of the different levels of mobility of her audience and was involved in the afternoon because in her opinion 'it is essential that people of all ages participate in physical activity’.
A delightful high tea provided by Holiday Inn provided the opportunity to speak to guests and helpers. Caroline S, one of many Home Instead Care Givers supporting the event said it was good fun and enjoyed by those she assisted during the event. Jackie Y, had enjoyed the exercises and Michael W and Bill W, both wanted to know when the next event would take place. Other guests shared how they enjoyed the event too.
The afternoon ended with an energetic series of songs and dances by the Aylesbury Performing Arts Centre led by Katie Ford who was ‘proud to support such a wonderful event’, and, ‘ delighted at how well our students performed and the very warm reception they received from those attending’. The performers had the guests tapping and singing along to provide a musical end to an afternoon much enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. Steve Wilcox the manager of the Extra-Care Charity Shop in Bedgrove, who stepped in to support two individuals to get to the event expressed that 'this was a very worthwhile event which deserves all the support it can get’.
During the event, the CAREGivers found three of the guests hadn’t left their homes in over 10 months…what an achievement!