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7:20 PM 21st October 2021
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Nestle Brings ‘Social Connections’ To York Independent Living Communities

Holly Hennell, Manager at York Cares delivering one of the television sets that are being donated to some of the city’s Independent Living Communities by Nestle.
Holly Hennell, Manager at York Cares delivering one of the television sets that are being donated to some of the city’s Independent Living Communities by Nestle.
Film nights, cinema clubs, shared sporting experiences and social events can now be enjoyed by residents of six of the city’s Independent Living Communities thanks to Nestle and local charity York Cares.

Nestle has donated six televisions and soundbars through York Cares’ Social Connections programme, which helps employee-volunteers to contribute to the wellbeing of older people in York.

The TVs will be used to enhance the communal spaces and create social opportunities for residents at City Mills, Lincoln Court, Barstow House, Gale Farm Court, Alex Lyon House and Honeysuckle House.

Holly Hennell, Manager at York Cares said:
"We are incredibly grateful to Nestle for their generous donation. The TVs will be used in communal spaces to encourage interaction between residents and will be used for volunteer-led sessions to support intergenerational social connections through activities such as film clubs."

At Lincoln Court the TV will be used to set up a cinema club; the TV at City Mills will go into the tenants’ lounge and will be used to get residents together for sports events, film nights and computer games evenings; at Gale Farm Court it will be for popular film sessions and will replace a TV that recently broke, and at Honeysuckle House it will replace a smaller, older TV used for watching DVDs.

"The new TV has made a lot of difference for the tenants. It has encouraged them to congregate in the lounge again where they can chat, talk and even just fall asleep. Different types of tenants are engaging and, with the office being just opposite the lounge and the door being open, staff and tenants are getting together more. One tenant has told us she feels that the picture on the new TV is brighter and sharper and easier to focus on. Also the sound is sharper. It’s great. Thank you for providing it." Manager, Barstow House.


Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing at City of York Council, said:
“After the lengthy lockdowns of the pandemic I expect many residents will really appreciate coming together to enjoy this gift. My thanks to York Cares for helping add to the Independent Living Communities’ facilities and social activities.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Communities at City of York Council, said, said:
“Thank you to York Cares for arranging this donation which will help bring residents of these communities together in new ways. It’s great to know too that York Cares volunteers will use the TVs to support events such as film clubs or sports nights which might include family members, friends or the local community.”

For more information about the work of York Cares visit www.yorkcares.co.uk.