Customers at St Georges have their cake … and eat it!
A cake decorating event in Stafford proved an ideal opportunity for older members of the local community to make new friends and enjoy a sweet treat to celebrate International Older People’s Day.
Held at St Georges Road Independent Living Scheme, the event was one of a series of activities organised by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) as part of its annual ‘Full of Life’ campaign.
Timed to coincide with national Older People’s Day, the activities aim to help people aged over 55 to thrive and maintain a high quality of life whilst highlighting the contribution they make to the community.
Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, explained: “We always try to make the most of International Older People’s Day and each year we aim to recognise the contribution our older customers make to the communities we serve.
“We’re also aware that the elderly are more vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation so events such as these offer the ideal opportunity to meet new friends while learning a new skill.
“This year we’ve organised a week of events, under the banner of Five Ways to Wellbeing. The theme is ‘Full of Life’, because our customers certainly are!”
At St Georges, the cake decorating class was followed by one to one tuition for residents to help them learn to decorate their own cakes. Together they created some beautiful flowerpots made of cupcake and icing.
Martha Cooper, Customer Service Team Leader, explained: “Cake decorating is an all-round activity that helps to develop creative and practical skills, in a social environment.
“The customers particularly enjoyed making the fun flowerpots out of cupcakes and icing, which they could eat with a cuppa afterwards! These events bring people together and give them the confidence to be able to do even more.”
CAPTION: SARH Customers celebrate Full of Life week at St Georges Rd, by making personalised edible flowerpots made from cupcakes and icing.