The festive season can be a hectic time: wrapping up last minute jobs and tasks, making arrangements to see family and travelling hundreds of miles to get together with friends. However, and as the recent Age UK campaign shows, there are many people for whom Christmas is just another day.
Community events are an essential part of the seasonal calendar, bringing people of all ages, backgrounds and life circumstances together. We have rounded up a few of the events that the Westminster Time Credits team were delighted to attend and support this December.
Westminster Tea Dance
Every year a Tea Dance takes place in Westminster, this year hosted by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and supported by Westminster City Council. The Tea Dance is a flagship free event for 1,000 Westminster residents aged 65 and over and takes place amid the glamorous setting of the iconic Great Room at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. At the event this year we had wonderful conversations with many of the attendees, asking them to contribute their best tips for being happy, and adding them to our wishing tree. Many people mentioned the Tea Dance and other community events, which give them the opportunity to come together and enjoy themselves amongst other people, as examples of the occasions that make them happy. Westminster Time Credits were there in action – volunteers from Groundworks were table hosts chatting to people and making sure there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Abbey Centre Christmas table top Sale
Dedicated Abbey Centre volunteers Gwen and Sally earning Time Credits for running a Christmas table top sale.
Winter Warmer at Churchill Gardens
Community Ambassadors from Abbey Centre earning Time Credits for helping run a well-attended Winter Warmer event in conjunction with the Open Age Hub at Churchill Gardens. The event brought together people from both organisations as well individuals from the local community who use Churchill Gardens regularly. There was cake, there was jazz, there was dancing – need we say more!