Tenant’s of Trinity Housing’s Elmgrove Manor in east Belfast welcome the Lord Mayor to their Crafty Lads and Likely Ladies weekly meeting. The Mayor was asked to come along and see the award winning work of this popular community group.
The Likely Lads and Crafty Ladies have been working hard to encourage the community in east Belfast to get involved in activities to help deal with the increasing problem of isolated older people.
Elmgrove Manor managed by Trinity Housing in partnership with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust sought to persuade often reluctant, isolated people to get involved in their local community by offering a range of innovative activities and opportunities.
The outcome was the establishment of two innovative new groups; the ‘Likely Lads’ and the ‘Crafty Ladies’. The groups meet weekly at Elmgrove Manor, allowing people to attend when they wish, without commitment. The groups encourage those within the community to join together and take part in activities such as Arts & Crafts, Drama and Sports. Members consist of Elmgrove Manor tenants and also referrals from Social Services, Occupational Therapists and stroke sufferers. Group members agree the programme, get to know each other, building strong friendships and acting as Ambassadors for the group, encouraging others to attend and join group outings. ‘Likely Lads’ and ‘Crafty Ladies’ have become so popular that the east Belfast Seniors Forum voted Elmgrove Manor as the ‘Best Sheltered Scheme’ in East Belfast.
The Mayor was also pleased to present Trinity Housing with the Centre for Housing and Support certificate, an accreditation which as a nationally recognised framework for Support Services ensures quality services are delivered to sheltered and supported schemes. The Code is a set of standards linked to good practice, legislation, regulatory review and industry expectations. Trinity Housing is delighted to have retained this important accreditation.
This exceptional group invited the Lord Mayor to come see them at work and on 12 February Gavin Robinson visited Elmgrove Manor. The tenants were quick to involve the Lord Mayor in the tea dance, and celebrating May and Harry Carson’s 68th Wedding Anniversary!