Release Date: 06-Jun-2010
Dozens of retired residents from across Kirklees celebrated the 10th anniversary of European Good Neighbours Day recently by welcoming people from the local area into their granges
Enjoying European Neighbours Day at Walker Street
The aim of the day, which was organized by KNH, was to give people a chance to get to know their neighbours better and enable them take part in various activities together.
In the UK and across Europe, around 10million people took the opportunity to meet people they may not normally get a chance to know. Similar events have also taken place or are planned in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australasia.
Closer to home, at Walker Street in Dewsbury, residents and guests took part bowling, ball games and gentle exercise. A number of agencies were also on hand to give information and advice, including the police, fire service, Batley Resource Centre, Kirklees Sensory Services and Kirklees Benefits Advice.
Meanwhile at Savile Close in Emley, they enjoyed card games, a tombola and a cream tea together, while at Oddfellows Street Community Centre, around a dozen people enjoyed a coffee morning and a chance to chat.
Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have asked for similar opportunities to get together in the future.
Carol Crossley, who manages KNH’s Older People’s Support Service, said: “Social events for older residents are important as they help them feel better, both physically and mentally.
“Having fun plays a big part in this, so we’re aiming to increase activities within all our schemes, involving others in the wider community to help our residents feel part of that community.”
According to Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, “Making sure all our residents including older people live active and full lives is a high priority for the council. KNH are an important part in delivering events like these that aim to enrich the quality of life for older people. We will continue to work with KNH to develop more innovative ways to
improve activities and quality of life for older people.”