A Middlesbrough care home has welcomed a national self-help organisation for a special history workshop aimed at leading residents in discussion.
The Gables were joined by the expert history group from the University of The Third Age, who provided a stimulating session on Early Television, Post War Britain and the Cambridge spies: Burgess and Maclean.
Residents at the home actively participated in the event and told stories and reminisced about their past experiences during the discussions.
The session, which was led by Stephen Palczynski, was organised so that residents could take part in a new experience and as part of The Gables continuous efforts to outreach to groups and individuals within the local community.
The U3A is an organisation that provides opportunities to retired and semi-retired people. They learn skills and share experiences together for enjoyment, rather than to gain any qualifications. They run a number of events and activities in and around Middlesbrough, including the history group.
Naaila Rehman, Activities Co-ordinator at The Gables, said: “We contacted the U3A group as part of our ongoing work to involve residents in activities that are organised outside the home. This enables us to develop strong links with the community and provides our residents with a further sense of belonging.
“All of the residents at the home found the session led by the history group incredibly interesting and enjoyed discussing their memories of the early television and their post-war experiences.”
She continued: “Events such as this allow our residents to actively discuss their past, keeping their memory active and providing a platform for discussion and engagement.
“We were delighted with the session and hope that U3A will visit the home to host other activities in the future.”