Residents of four local retirement communities are to receive craft kits and books which it is hoped will help to reduce their loneliness during lockdown.
The Platinum Skies team asked the homeowners across Vista in Parkstone, Esprit in Poole town centre, Monterey in Christchurch and Chapters in Salisbury what Covid-safe activities they would like to participate in during the lockdown.
Following the feedback, more than 118 craft kits and 50 books will be delivered over the coming weeks.
The shared activities are planned to bring residents together online.
Each Platinum Skies property, which is suitable for people aged 55 and over, enables the homeowners to live independently in an apartment, house or cottage, which they can purchase under the government-backed shared ownership scheme. They also benefit from a dedicated onsite lifestyle manager, who organises activities for the homeowners, as well as providing wellbeing and practical support.
Mel Litchfield, lifestyle manager for Vista in Poole, said, “Our homeowners have been telling us how much they miss being able to see each other due to the lockdown restrictions, so we were keen to find other ways for them to continue to feel part of their community. It has been very difficult for them during the winter lockdowns, so they were absolutely thrilled to choose some craft kits and books that they can talk to their neighbours about, which will help them to feel less lonely.”
Through the virtual lockdown craft club, the homeowners are set to learn how to make their own soap with the aim of supporting their hand hygiene during the pandemic. Step-by-step guides for a painting-by-numbers beach scene, crossword books and a crochet for beginners set are just some more of the activities that have been supplied to enable them to enjoy some relaxation and boost their mental wellbeing.
Many homeowners have also formed a virtual book club.
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