Vintage Tea Party at Cloughreagh Residential Home

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Community, What's On
Volunteers hosted a wonderful Vintage Tea Party for residents of Cloughreagh Residential Home in the run up to Christmas. Guests were treated to home made cakes and shortbread all served on beautiful china, while listening to some old time tunes from volunteers James and Jim. The event included some reminiscing on household objects from long ago, facilitated by the use of the fabulous memory box loaned by Newry & Mourne District Council Museum at Bagenals Castle. Some guests were transported to their early days with smells of lifebuoy soap, lavender floor polish and smelling salts, while others read old fashioned recipes and examined peculiar looking cooking equipment. The event was organised by Volunteer Now which has been funded by the Public Health Agency through the CLEAR project to encourage more people, to get involved in voluntary work, with particular focus on the benefits to mental health and emotional wellbeing. The project will provide a series of Action Days and Volunteering Events through which individuals can participate in a voluntary activity, there will be no pressure to make a long term commitment and there will be a wide range of choice. Events will focus on Mental and Emotional Wellbeing. By taking part, individuals will experience the benefits of volunteering and be encouraged to undertake more, whether other one-off activities or a regular volunteering role. When people have completed their activity they will be invited to a Volunteer Recognition Event as a thank you for their participation. For some people Christmas is a time of joy for others a time of dread and the New Year can be littered with the remains of unrealistic resolutions. As we approach this New Year why not think a little differently, forget the X Factor and get the “Feel Good Factor”. There are so many people and charities that need help and one small action can have a huge impact. Connecting with people and giving something back not only helps others, but is proven to make us feel better about ourselves. Its a fact, volunteering has a beneficial effect on our health and wellbeing. Check out what’s happening with local charities in your area by visiting www.volunteernow.co.uk It could be one New Years resolution that will change your life! For more information contact Ballybot House on 02830262037 and speak to Raquel or Colette on 07793073415

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