A group of older people from Rowlands Gill have enjoyed an extra special day out at the cinema in Newcastle thanks to a charity initiative.
The group were treated to a private film screening with tea and cakes at the Tyneside Cinema. The event was hosted by our Newcastle office in partnership with the Rowlands Gill Live At Home Scheme. This community-based voluntary project offers support to older people who are at risk of being socially isolated or are unable to go out as much as they used to.
Commenting on the event, Rowlands Gill Live at Home Scheme Manager Tracy Dixon said: “We were very grateful that Sanderson Weatherall and the Tyneside Cinema arranged this special screening. For some of our members it was the first time they had been to the cinema in years and everyone really enjoyed the experience.”
Rowlands Gill Live At Home helps its members to regain their lost confidence and to become part of local life once more by arranging regular activity groups for them to attend. The scheme also provides volunteer visitors and hosts a weekly dementia lunch club, along with a host of other services.
Shona Baxter, from our property management team in Newcastle, who helped arrange the event, said: “We were very happy to be able to host the guests from the Rowlands Gill Live At Home group. It’s easy to take activities like going to the cinema for granted, but for some older people getting into town and meeting up with friends is a rare treat. We have a longstanding relationship with the team at the Tyneside Cinema and they were more than happy to set up the private screening.”