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Older people reminisce in memory corner

A ‘Memory Lane Corner’, dedicated to a former member of staff from a Staffordshire housing association, has been unveiled for residents at an extra care scheme in Essington to share their memories.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson joined residents and staff at Cherry Tree Court to unveil a ‘memory corner’ where residents can hold reminiscing sessions to discuss memories of the local area and look at memorabilia.

The £11million extra care scheme, which was built by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA), is for people mainly aged over 55 who receive care and support services from Care Plus, which along with SSHA is part of the Housing Plus group.

The ‘Memory Lane Corner’ in the lounge at Cherry Tree Court is an important part of helping residents to stimulate brain activity to stay mentally active, as well as physically.

The corner has been dedicated to Linda Crosby, from Essington, who was a member of staff at SSHA until her untimely death in 2007, having lost a brave fight with Leukaemia.

Linda’s husband, children and mother joined staff and residents at Cherry Tree Court for the opening of the memory corner.

Jo Grainger, assistant director of Care Plus, said: “The memory corner is where residents and staff can run themed activities for groups, but also to have pictures, memorabilia and articles that will stimulate memories for people who want to come and enjoy the space on their own.

“As people grow older they are less able to do the things they used to so memories are ever more important. Reviving memories can be a good way of making people happy.

“We were delighted that Linda’s family were able to join us. Linda was a highly valued member of staff and given her connections to Essington we felt it was appropriate that the memory corner is dedicated to her.

“She was a key member of SSHA’s customer services team and was passionate about giving excellent service to customers. Linda and her family have long been connected to Essington. Her father was a local councillor and her mother still lives there.”

Cherry Tree Court has 66 extra care apartments, which offer residents care and support services, including on-site staff who will work to understand residents’ needs and will help provide an ongoing support programme.

Housing Plus is hoping to repeat the success of Cherry Tree Court and has submitted plans for a new £13million extra care scheme in Penkridge. If granted planning permission, the scheme will include 82 high quality apartments, as well as a café, restaurant, hairdressing salon and gym for residents.

Gavin Williamson MP for South Staffordshire said: “I was very touched to be invited to unveil the new Memory Lane Corner at Cherry Tree Court. Linda brought so much to the association and it is obvious to see the great affection in which she is held by those who worked with her.

“It is so important to be able to take the time to reflect and remember and I am quite sure that this facility will receive an immense amount of use and that it will be highly valued by all residents at Cherry Tree Court.”

For more information about Care Plus’ extra care schemes visit www.care-plus.org.uk or call 0800 096 8690 or email enquiries@care-plus.org.uk