Elderly and disabled people enjoy Christmas party

Older and disabled people from across Shropshire have been getting into the Christmas spirit at a special party.

The festive feast was held at the offices of Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) in Stafford Park, Telford, for all service users, especially those on their own at Christmas.
Clients from as far away as Market Drayton to Bridgnorth went to the offices to enjoy each other’s company and the celebrations.
Steve Harris, managing director, said: “It is an essential part of our annual events to have everyone come together and celebrate Christmas like this.

“A lot of our clients are not able to get out much and become socially excluded, so they really value this time together.

“Some people made their own way to the offices while others were collected by care staff in Christmas dress, it is a simple way to spread Christmas cheer.

“Of course not everyone can make it here but we make sure everyone knows they are being thought about and everyone always gets a Christmas card.”

The theme for this year’s party was dignity and the company asked all service users to make a dignity ‘wish on a star’ that went on their Christmas tree and will be used to train their staff and promote dignity at Christmas and throughout the year.

Mr Harris and staff also went to visit and deliver presents to clients who could not attend the party.
Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) started in 1999 and is run by Steve and his wife Sally.

It has 75 carers offering 24-hour care, adult care, care for children, live-in carers, personal care and risk assessments in the home.
Mr Harris said: “While we’ve been rushing around getting presents or spending hours decorating our houses, these people can’t do that. Our little party tries to bring them some Christmas cheer.

“Often those not involved can be forgotten about but our aim at Carewatch is to take care of the elderly and show them just how valued they are, we try to make this day a day for them to remember.

“Everyone, staff and service users, really joined in and had a great time.”

He added: “Our office on Stafford Park is an open door to visitors and social work teams and, during the summer months, service users days on crafts and seated physical activities are the norm.”

The company has previously won a number of awards, such as Business of the Year and Recognising National Care Organisations’ Contribution in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

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