Residents who attend our Penfold Community Hub celebrated the end of summer with a garden party on 28 September.
Local older residents were invited to enjoy an afternoon tea, browse stalls which included handmade crafts and take part in a raffle and tombola. We were also thrilled that Cllr Hamza Taouzzale, lord mayor of Westminster, accepted our invitation to join us.
Cllr Taouzzale drew the raffle tickets and awarded prizes to residents, community members and staff. He told us he was very pleased to attend the event and speak to residents, especially as he used to play football locally and his mum lives just around the corner.
The event was attended by over 80 older residents, including our customers, and we raised £850 to support future activities and events at the hub.
Activity coordinator Telma Asemota, who was involved in the planning and running of the event, said,
It was wonderful to see our older residents meet up, chat and enjoy some refreshments at our first big open event since the pandemic.
The event was a collaboration between us and The Paddington Partnership, which links local businesses to community and social care projects, enabling employees to volunteer with us and support our delivery of a wide range of activities for older residents in Westminster. On the day of the garden party, we were joined by volunteers from Vodafone who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.
Penfold Community Hub is a dedicated centre working to support older Westminster residents (including our Penfold Street extra care customers) with a programme which aims to reduce isolation and loneliness, provide health and well-being activities and enable a better quality of life.