Be Social is a fun and welcoming club for people over 50 in Trafford. It helps senior citizens be active, make friends and enjoy life. The offer has now expanded its offer into Stretford and Urmston.
Set up by Trafford Housing Trust’s independent living service, TrustCare. Be Social first launched in Sale and Timperley, with activities and events chosen with members. Such as day trips, exercise, craft classes, lunches, afternoon teas and trips to the theatre or cinema. As well as exclusive discounts with local businesses for members to enjoy.
The club aims to reduce loneliness and isolation which evidence suggests can be as damaging for health as smoking. Benefits including increased wellbeing, more independence, improved memory and reduced anxiety.
To mark the expansion of Be Social, an event was held at the Trust’s sheltered scheme Ormeston Lodge in Urmston. Introducing residents and the local community to the offer, during an afternoon of entertainment.
Member, Puri Buron (age 71) says: “Be Social makes me feel alive again, it’s lifted me up and made me want to do things.”
Executive Director for Health & Social Care at Trafford Housing Trust, Hilary Barrett, comments: “So far the response to Be Social has been fantastic. We encourage anyone who might be thinking about it to join in or to share details with friends or family. As well as Be Social, we offer a range of social opportunities to help people to feel healthier, happier and more independent.”
Another way TrustCare is supporting its customers is by creating Reminiscence Rooms in each of its nineteen sheltered schemes, as a space for people living with dementia.
Future plans also include introducing Memory Cafés across Trafford as a welcoming space for people with dementia and their family and carers.
To find out more about Be Social, or other TrustCare initiatives, visit www.trustcare.org.uk.