Due to the challenges of this year, we haven’t been able to meet with residents over the festive period in the usual ways. However, our staff and stakeholders have continued their dedication to our residents and found creative ways to celebrate the Christmas season.
Here’s a round-up of some the good things we’ve been doing in the run up to Christmas.
Delivering Christmas treats to our sheltered residents
As we couldn’t hold our usual cross-scheme Christmas party for our residents across our sheltered schemes, our independent living team delivered Christmas-themed food boxes which contained Christmas cakes and mince pies. We also printed the artwork of some of our sheltered scheme residents on a calendar for next year, which was given out along with the food boxes. Residents were very pleased to see their work published. You can see the calendar by clicking here.
Cash donation to the Lewisham Foodbank
We donated £5,000 to a local food bank earlier this month which was taken from our staff rewards budget in place of team Christmas lunches. The money will be used to support local families in need over the festive period.
Santa visits Eddystone Tower
Our partner contractors Axis took Santa and his elves to meet the young residents of Eddystone Tower, giving them early Christmas presents along the way.
Letters to Santa
Also helping Santa this year, our community relations team have been responding to our younger residents, who have been sending us their lovely Christmas letters.
Window display competition
Our artistic residents were also in for a treat this month as they had the opportunity to take part in a Christmas-themed window display competition. Prizes will be given to the winners, and we’ll share photos from the competition in the New Year.
Our community relations team worked closely with Lewisham Mayoresses in arranging 174 Christmas Hampers to be delivered to local school children, and we arranged for hampers to be delivered to hostel residents. One of our partner contractors, Mulalley, can also be seen below as they delivered £1200 worth of food to the Riverside project on the Pepys estate.