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Stories from Hanover estates

As part of our celebrations around Older People's Day 2014 we're delighted to be able to share with you some fascinating stories of our residents' achievements on their estates.

Mary Seacole House, Hammersmith

In July 2014 young-at-heart residents transformed their estate into an array of colour as the sound of steel drums created atmosphere reminiscent of the Notting Hill Carnival. The extravaganza was a held to celebrate the estate's ninth birthday. A great day was had by all as residents and staff joined in the fun, which included a delicious array of food, a musical theatre performance and a fascinating talk about Mary Seacole's life.

Mill Hill Close and Barnard Gate, Haywards Heath

Concerned that some residents had become isolated because of age, illness and disability, resident Cathy Shirley and members of the Mill Hill Close Residents Association embarked on a year-long campaign to raise money for a new community lounge. Cathy's tenacity raised an impressive £18k and the new lounge was officially opened in August 2014 by Councillor Sandy Ellis, Mayor of Haywards Heath.

Hanover Close, Leicester

In August 2014 the estate's 'Young At Heart' social group organised a memorial event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. An afternoon tea and renditions of famous war songs brought everyone together to mark this poignant event. The 'Young at Heart' group regularly organise coffee mornings, glass painting and outings for older people in the local community.

Hanover Court, Eastbourne

Hanover ‘Digital Champion’ Kathy Lewis created a community hub known as the 'Tea & IT'  group in 2013, where residents and older people from the local community brush up on their IT skills in a friendly environment. The group has been supported by local IT organisation Coffee Pot Computing which runs IT courses for new learners. The estate is now just one of four organisations in the Eastbourne area left in the running to receive grant funding of between £500 and £3,000.