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Contribution of volunteers celebrated at Hanover Extra Care scheme in Selsey during National Volunteers Week

3 June 2015

Hanover Housing Association residents at Lapwing Court in Selsey, West Sussex are assisted to lead stimulating and active lives – thanks in no small measure to an army of volunteers whose work will be celebrated during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) with a special presentation event at the estate.

Residents at the Extra Care housing scheme for the over 55s voted to create a new hobby room at the scheme last year. Today it plays host to a range of regular activities which keep body and mind stimulated and cater for all residents, whatever the extent of their care needs.

Each Monday, the residents take part in an arts and crafts group. This was originally set-up by retired arts teacher Angela Benwell but is now co-ordinated by Esther Williams and a team of volunteers. Painting, making cards and Christmas decorations are just some of the creative activities the group has undertaken. Currently, residents are designing and making boxes, for storing small items, knick-knacks and the like.

Tuesday sees the residents have fun a with a regular games afternoon. This is supported by Selsey Timebank, a locally-run volunteer group. Beryl Fletcher co-ordinates this activity with a team of volunteers, and residents can play a host of fun games, including dominoes, cards and bingo.

Coffee meetings every Wednesday are combined with a pet therapy session – courtesy of Fleur, the pat dog, and her owner Penny Clark.

Other regular activities at Lapwing Court are organised by resident Joan Goodsell and her daughter Sheila Hayler – these range from bingo and cream teas to table-top sales and craft making.

Kimberley Shackell, Estate Manager at Lapwing Court, says: ‘Along with the residents, I am extremely grateful for the work put in by our very special group of volunteers. Their commitment and contribution to residents’ lives at Lapwing Court – week-in, week-out – is immense and really adds positively to the well-being of our residents.

‘I’m glad in National Volunteers Week that we have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate their contribution to life here at Lapwing Court.’