On Monday 12 December Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) hosted a Christmas Party in partnership with Age UK for local elderly residents and families for an engaging afternoon of fun.
The party took place at Manadon Sports Hub, an accessible community hub with an internal and external lift and toilets on both floors, enabling individuals of all abilities and ages to attend.
It was attended by six organisations from within the community, including Timebank South West, Argyle Community Trust (Project 35) and Devon and Cornwall Police.
The Project 35 team at Argyle Community Trust were at the event highlighting the importance of the work that they do and were providing free pasties from Ginsters to all residents and locals that attended.
Staff from the Financial Inclusion Team at PCH were also on hand to offer budgeting and benefit advice to help with the cost of living and the Learn for Free team were there to show what they offer our residents.
Other organisations that were in attendance included Food is Fun CIC, Citizens Advice Plymouth and Plymouth Energy Community, signposting residents to different community schemes and to showcase the varying support that is available.
Nibbles and drinks were also available throughout the event for all attendees to enjoy at no cost. Santa was also in his grotto ready to welcome any children that went to the event, giving them a free selection box to take home and enjoy.
There were crafting activities available for all ages, as well as face painters, ready to creatively paint the faces of both children and adults.
Staff at PCH including Gavin West, Housing Officer in the Whitleigh Housing Team were delighted with the turnout of residents and the local community despite the icy conditions and hope that those who attended enjoyed their afternoon.
Gavin said: “We would like to thank all the local organisations who supported the Christmas event by attending with a stall, and the generous contractors who donated selection boxes to give a present to the children who visited Santa in the Grotto.”
Unfortunately, the local primary school were unable to attend the Christmas Party due to the icy conditions, however PCH will be visiting each class at the school with Father Christmas to spread some Christmas cheer, delivering a selection box for each pupil.
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