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Volunteers Help Launch New Neighbourhood Activities for Older People #rdg #rdguk

I'm really looking forward to celebrating the opening of the new activities club for residents of sheltered accomidation across Reading.  It's a testament to the commitment of Sheltered accomodation staff and the skills and contribution our older residents can offer that this has got off the ground so quickly.  The activities will reflect the interests and aspirations of older residents, some of whom will be volunteering to share thier time and skills to increase the range of activities on offer.

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Date: Sep 20, 2013 9:49 AM
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Volunteers Help Launch New Neighbourhood Activities for Older People

Reading Borough Council Press Release

A TEAM of Council volunteers have helped transform a once empty bedsit into a new centre where older people will be able to enjoy a whole range of activities.

Trinity Place, a sheltered housing unit just off of the Oxford Road, will next week open The Courtyard where older people will be able to take in demonstrations, activities and craft workshops, including things like cookery courses, Indian head massage, and seated exercise classes.

Activities will be provided by Trinity Place staff, residents and volunteers and whilst it will initially be opened to Trinity Place residents only, longer term the plan is to open doors to all sheltered housing residents from across Reading so more people can enjoy the range of activities that will be on offer.

The refurbishment has been carried out purely a voluntary basis by members of Reading Borough Council's sheltered team, who raised money and shared their skills to make this happen.

It also follows on from the Council’s 'Lets Talk Care' consultation in which many older people said they wanted flexible activities and that fit in with their lifestyles.

Rachel Eden, Reading Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, said:

“The Courtyard is now a welcoming and stimulating environment with a sensory garden and activities room and it is wonderful the way staff and residents have given up their own time to set this up. It's exactly the sort of facility that older people have told us they want to see more of, with activities to help residents enhance and share their skills, take up new hobbies or catch up with friends.”


Notes for Editors:

Notes for Editors: PHOTOCALL – You are invited to send a photographer to cover the launch event on September 26th at 11am at Trinity Place Sheltered Unit, 10 Trinity Place, Reading RG1 7NH.

Reading Borough Council Press Releases can be found online at

Media Contact: Anna Fowler
Tel: 0118 937 3957

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