Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley held its Christmas Nostalgic Tearoom at the Ormskirk Civic Hall on the 19th December 2013. Over two hundred and thirty members of the public turned out to enjoy the festivities, which included numerous side stalls, home-made cakes, lashings of mulled wine and hot chocolate and other tempting refreshments.
The inspiration behind the FREE Nostalgic Tearoom and Director of Home Instead Gail Godson comments ’this themed event provided another excellent platform for the local community to come together and celebrate Christmas with the help of our themed Nostalgic areas, songs from the lovely members of The SKYLARKS Community Choir, inspirational dance routines from the members of Devine Days and culminating in wonderful music from the Skelmersdale Prize Band celebrating Christmases both past and present.’
Gail passionately believes that adults and older people can remain at home for longer by consistently delivering a high quality care service, combined with collaborative working with other private companies, voluntary, community and faith organisations. With this in mind, Home Instead invited numerous local charities and organisations to host stalls and help them raise awareness and where appropriate additional funds, these included:
Connect4Life who seek to identify vulnerable people, families and communities and link them to local support networks, assets and resources to help improve overall health, well-being and community resiliency.,
Ormskirk Food Bank - helping support local Ormskirk people in crisis.
Queenscourt Hospice - a local charity that provides support for the people of Southport, Formby and West Lancs. Caring for patients with serious illnesses.
Scifi Excellent Community Food initiative based in Skelmersdale.
Divine Days – Creative Dance Group for people with additional needs – who use music and movement as a way to celebrate and create.
Alzheimer’s Society – who provide excellent advice and support in the community.
The Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale who provide accommodation to Young People aged 16-25 years of age who are homeless, vulnerable and in need of support; helping them to develop and live better.
Help Direct - a support and information service for all adults aged 18 and over across Lancashire. their service is designed to help people get the right practical support, information and advice that they need before a small problem becomes a crisis.
West Lancashire Carers Centre – Based in Skelmersdale this is an independent, local charity and network partner of Carers Trust. Providing a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout West Lancashire.
The Ormskirk ‘Clock Tower’ Rotary Club a fabulous group of local people who have kindly supported the Nostalgic Tearoom from day one, with lovely homemade cakes, their memory boxes and members valuable support, they focus their energy in supporting local and international causes
Home Care Link – Telecare and Telehealth Services, helping people stay safe at home, with the use of latest technology, including personal alarms and an excellent local call centre.
Gail goes on to say, ‘we were delighted to see so many people supporting this worthy event and having such a lovely time, we obviously would like to thank The Mayor, Councillor Iain Ashcroft, and the Mayoress, Mrs Beverley Ashcroft for attending and giving their kind support and we were delighted that we could announce the future dates and venue for next year’s 2014 Nostalgic Tearooms which will be held on five Saturdays , at the Age UK Well-Being Centre, in Moorgate, Ormskirk from 13.00 – 16.00 commencing on February 8th, April 12th , June 14th,August 9th and October 18th.