This National Volunteers’ Week, Westward Care, one of Leeds’ providers of tailored living and social care for older people, share the important role its weekly ‘Re-generation’ project plays in bridging the gap between young and old in the community.
Located in a peaceful and secluded part of Leeds, the Headingley Hall care home and apartments has established strong links between two generations, through having weekly volunteering sessions for over six years through the ‘Re-generation’ project.
During University term time, students from the University of Leeds visit residents every week. On their hour visit, the student volunteers do a wide range of activities such as games, art and crafts, crosswords and puzzles, and sometimes invite the Universities’ music society for performances.
The volunteering opportunity with Westward Care is open to University of Leeds students on all University courses and societies, giving young people the chance to make a difference in the Leeds community and give something back. Since May, volunteers from the wider community, including members of a local church group, have taken the time to spend one hour a week with Headingley Hall residents.
Peter Hodkinson, managing director of Westward Care, said: “Here at Westward Care we strive to provide flexible living options for people in later life. A range of facilities and services allow residents to enjoy a rich and fulfilling life, and running weekly volunteer sessions is a fundamental part of this, enhancing wellbeing though establishing great friendships and bringing the community together.
“It’s important for residents to stay connected with their community and the ‘Re-generation’ project really is rewarding for everyone involved. Whether it’s simply to have a chat and socialise, or to continue activities they have always enjoyed, the residents really love the visits and the volunteers do too!”
Those interested in a career in Social Care also have opportunity to gain invaluable experience working alongside Westward Care’s Social Care Coordinator and the staff at Headingley Hall, creating and delivering activity and entertainment programmes tailored for each resident.
Services at Westward Care include: a 24-hour call system and optional services such as a dining package room service and full cleaning and personal laundry. Residents can enjoy the finer things such as a hairdressing salon, beauty pamper room, fully licensed bar, film room and all day tea bar. Plus a full activities programme is offered for on-site entertainment, as well as frequent outings to theatres, parks, coffee shops and local destinations.
With three locations across Leeds including Headingley and Roundhay, Westward Care sites are carefully considered to benefit residents and a variety of options are developed for older people to choose from, meaning that people get the right solution for them. From luxury apartments for independent living, to residential and respite care in the care home, Westward Care offers person-centred care and convenient, flexible living arrangements to offer each individual resident peace of mind.