Residents of a Manchester care
village will be given free access to top tennis matches and the facilities of
the prestigious Northern Lawn Tennis Club, as part of a new partnership between
the club and Belong Morris Feinmann, formed to create new opportunities for
people living with dementia.
The Northern Lawn Tennis Club
has been established in Didsbury for over 100 years, and many residents have
fond memories at the club, which is a within a mile of the care village. The
affiliation will provide opportunities for residents to rediscover their love
for the sport and also engage with the local community in Didsbury; something
that is fundamental to Belong's ethos.
The first visit to take place
as a result of the new partnership saw over 20 members of the Morris Feinmann
community receive VIP treatment at the recent world-class women's competition,
where players vied for the Fuzion 100 Manchester Trophy. The group of visitors
also enjoyed a reception in the hospitality marquee and many residents shared
their own positive memories from their time spent at the club, where some had
even been ball girls.
Angela Luckett, experience
co-ordinator for Belong Morris Feinmann, said: "We received a wonderful
welcome at The Northern and are really excited about this new relationship. The
club has long played a role within the history of the Didsbury area, especially
for some of our residents, who really enjoyed visiting the club and sharing
their memories while looking at pictures of the tennis club from earlier
decades. We are really looking forward to our next visit!"
Morris Feinmann is a Belong
care village in Didsbury, catering for Manchester's Jewish population. It
combines specialist care with choice, independence and an active lifestyle.