February was Dignity Month in Waltham Forest – a chance to celebrate and encourage dignity and respect all across the borough. Here, we celebrated in style with a host of events aimed at our Sheltered Housing tenants and tenants over 55.
Dignity Month is a national campaign about ensuring dignity and compassion are at the heart of care services and in the community.
Special events were held in Sheltered Care Homes in Waltham Forest each Tuesday, starting with a gardening session on 5 February at Goddarts House, where tenants had the chance to learn more about planting times and techniques.
It continued on 12 February, with a movie afternoon at Plaxton Court, completed with classic films, ice cream, popcorn and a prize raffle. On 19 February, tenants enjoyed a digital learning afternoon at the Chantry, with one-to-one support in getting the most out of their mobiles, tablets and laptops.
The month culminated in a celebration on 26 February, held at the Breyer Group Stadium – home of Leyton Orient, who kindly let us use their stadium once a month for events aimed at our over55s.
Tenants joined Cllr Louise Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Housing, and Waltham Forest Mayor, Cllr Sally Littlejohn, to enjoy an afternoon of information talks, advice sessions and entertainment, including from the local Going Choral Community Choir.
Councillor Louise Mitchell said: “This was a brilliant day out for our older residents and a welcome chance to reinforce our commitment to ensuring dignity and compassion. Thank you to Leyton Orient for generously allowing us to use their premises for our Dignity party. This is definitely something we will want to run every year.
“Dignity Month at Waltham Forest was a chance for us to celebrate our tenants and to express gratitude to our social care staff, the Local Area Coordination Team and the Independent Living Service. However, the principles of dignity, compassion and respect remain the most important factors in our everyday work.”