Older people benefit from new look common room

Social activities on the up following refurbishment

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From art classes and afternoon teas to Bingo and fish supper nights, older residents at Viewpark's Woodlands Grove sheltered housing enjoyed a special event to mark the official opening of their new common room.

Residents are making the most of the fantastic facilities on offer and enjoying the social aspects this new space brings. In addition to the common room, the investment has also provided a landscaped garden area for residents and older people from the wider community to enjoy.

One resident, Mrs May, said she was 'enjoying a new lease of life while attending the hall' while another, Mrs. Mulrain, added that she was 'delighted as there are lots of activities for residents'.

North Lanarkshire Provost, Councillor Jean Jones, officially opened the common room and Councillor Bob Burrows, Convener of Finance and Resources attended too.

Provost Jones met with staff and residents and heard first-hand of the enjoyment they were all experiencing thanks to the refurbishment. She said: "It's great to see residents enjoy more opportunities and be part of the exciting social activities on offer within the sheltered housing complex. What's even more pleasing is that this facility is open to the wider community who are actively encouraged to come along and take part in clubs.

"It's a fabulous space; bright, modern and very well equipped and helps ensure older people are not isolated and can enjoy meeting with others."

Funding for the project was provided via the Change Fund Programme which was part of Reshaping Care for Older People (a national strategy for older people in Scotland).

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