Residents of Meadow View Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Wateringbury made the most of the new relaxed restrictions, when the scheme’s caterers invited them for a celebratory cream tea.
As the scheme opened its doors and welcomed its residents during the pandemic, ongoing restrictions meant group social activities have been unable to take place. So, with restrictions finally easing, the on-site caterers, Elior, decided to host a cream tea for the residents.
The residents were able to mingle in the communal lounge and spend time with their neighbours, who they may have previously only seen in passing, or on the way to lunch.
With a real buzz in the air and the lounge chairs all full for the first time, the residents tucked into a delicious spread of fresh cakes, sandwiches and scones, whilst they chatted the afternoon away to one another over a plenty of cups of tea.
Carol Bishop, Housing Officer at Meadow View Court said: “Our scheme has only been open for eight months, so our residents have been unable to socialise in a group together due to the ongoing restrictions.
“As an organisation, social interaction and tackling loneliness is at the heart of what we do and is what extra care housing is about, so it has been really hard this past year, but it’s been wonderful to see the friendships developing and people getting to know one another as we start getting some activities up and running.”