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Celebrating community links

Residents of Naden House, a retirement living community in Huntington, have been treated to a traditional roast dinner provided by the new Co-Op store nearby.

Staff from Care Plus, which manages the complex on behalf of South Staffordshire Housing Association, got together with members of the newly formed residents committee at Naden House to host a lunch for residents and guests. Joining them were the interim director care and support at Care Plus, Les Clarke and Jeff Ashley, Councillor for Huntington and Hatherton.

Loneliness and social isolation are among the biggest threats to the wellbeing of older people and research indicates that more than half of those aged 75 and over now live alone. “Lunchtime get-togethers are a fantastic way for residents to share home cooked meals and socialise together,” said a spokesperson for Care Plus.

Naden House has been benefitting from other initiatives by the local Co-Op including the donation of unsold produce and flowers nearing their sell by dates.

One of the residents who joined the lunch was Jean Hawkins who described the afternoon as “Absolutely wonderful”. Indeed, the popularity of the lunch was such that resident, Ken Startin already wanted to know “When’s the next one?”