To mark Midlands Supported Housing Month (October), Futures Homescape is holding open days at four of its community centres. The events will provide refreshments, raffles, crime prevention advice and health service demonstrations, including the new Tootsie footcare initiative.
Futures Homescape’s Health Trainer project, which has helped to reduce the number of falls amongst older people by improving their balance and lifestyle, will also be showcased, with residents able to watch and take-part in one of the exercise classes.
The open days form part of the National Housing Federation campaign aimed at raising awareness of the 3,500 crucial services operating in the Midlands that help over 228,000 of the most vulnerable people enjoy independent and fulfilled lives.
National research from the Department for Communities and Local Government shows that every pound spent on these support services saves £2.12 on other public services, such as hospital and other medical care.
Residents can see first-hand the value of these services at:
- Evergreen Centre, Loscoe - Thursday, October 20
- Peveril Court, Ripley - Friday, October 21
- Manor Farm, Belper - Wednesday, October 26
- Firs Gardens, Alfreton - Friday, October 28
Residents are welcome to pop along anytime between 10.00 am and 3.00pm, and free community transport is available to get them to and from the venue (contact Futures Homescape on 01773 573100 and ask for Karen Burrows).
Martyn Hudson, Support Services Manager at Futures Homescape, said: “We’re backing the National Housing Federation’s Supported Housing Month to help raise awareness of supported housing within the communities where we work and highlight the range of services available for older people.
“These events offer a great way to access those services, get to know other older residents in the community, play a role in reducing isolation in your area and simply have fun. Please do pop along for a warm welcome and to see our role in improving the quality of life for residents.”