The people that live at Livability John Grooms Court – a residential care home for disabled people in Norwich – are reaching out to others in the community who face barriers to social inclusion – through their love of dogs, walking and cake. The group are cooking up a feast for a local fundraising tea, which will support victims of crime, through their relationship with local social enterprise, Café Britannia.
The Livability group are regulars at Cafe Britannia through their dog-walking group, launched earlier this year. Their walks take them past the café – and there’s always time for a cuppa. Profits from the cafe, which trains and employs low-risk prisoners due for release, are donated to charity – and the Livability community decided to help the café by boosting their fundraising. The money goes to victim support and domestic abuse charities, which seek to help those who may face loneliness and isolation because of crime.
‘The guys who run the café all take time to talk to our residents and we’ve got to know them because we’re there quite a lot!’ says the home’s deputy manager Sue Hampson. ‘Just going for coffee is one way our residents can give to the local community, but we wanted to give more back. Often the people that live at Livability John Grooms Court are on the receiving end of charity contributions and they wanted to be giving too.’
The group have planned a massive bake-up day, making cakes for around 50 guests for the 24 November event. Local people, residents’ families and friends are invited, and they will be welcoming guests into their home to enjoy a slap-up tea.
Something as simple as a dog-walking group has proved to be a huge boost to our residents’ well-being. Susan Hampson, a manager at John Grooms Court says: ‘This fundraising event is just one way that the group has opened up opportunities for the people we support to connect with others and get involved in community life.’
‘Now we’ve been doing this for a while, our group will initiate conversations with other dog walkers we meet on the heath. That’s not something that would have happened before. Getting out in the fresh air is also such a boost to well-being and our walks are longer now. One resident would only go halfway to the café when we started, but recently he went all the way there and back.’
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