The NHS team provide mental health support to hundreds of the most vulnerable people in the borough. Many of the people that they work with are isolated and others do not have close friends or family. We were asked to put on a Christmas Party for their service user group, as they often get overlooked, so of course we said yes!
We invited Morgan Sindall and the South Woodford and Leytonstone Rotary Club to co-sponsor the event, and arranged for the event to be held free of charge at Priory Court Community Centre on December 15th. Entertainment included a children’s choir from local Greenleaf school, Santa, our very own resident liaison officer Shane, handing out presents, Christmas Bingo, expertly called by Jonathan and a singer/guitarist who delivered a medley of Christmas songs.
Rachel, Shane and Jonathan helped prepare the food and decorate the hall with the NELFT team. There were plenty of happy faces on the residents attending, who thoroughly enjoyed their special day out.
The highlight of the event was an elderly gentleman, who after meeting Santa, was overcome with emotion and told him that he had made his day. He had never met Santa before in all his life and always wanted to. It’s moments like this that really bring home how vital our engagement with residents can be, and how much of a difference we can make, often when and how we least expect.