In the heart of Chelmsford, two volunteers at one of our sheltered schemes, Sutherland House, ensure they continue to create a community by providing a fully cooked English breakfast for their neighbours am ong organising other activities for their fellow neighbours to enjoy such as Bingo nights, and afternoon teas.
Richard and Sandra Fegan have organised the breakfast for many years, and ensure everyone is able to participate. Sandra said: “For those suffering from an illness or bedbound, foil wrapped breakfasts are available to be delivered, ensuring nobody misses out”. They also welcome people from Coates Lodge, another one of our sheltered schemes.
For the price of £3.50 participants get a fresh, cooked breakfast with all the trimmings, tea, coffee and fruit juices. For those on limited budget, it can be difficult to justify the cost of buying ingredients for one, and living alone can result in high waste. Any profit from the scheme is reinvested into the Sutherland House Christmas meal, where people living in the premise enjoy a professionally catered three-course meal.
Richard said: “We know all participants by name, and take personalised orders from each. Sandra single-handily cooks all breakfast whilst I take orders, makes hot beverages and serve, it’s a busy morning but highly rewarding”.
Sheltered schemes are designed for people aged 60 or over, and as people get older, it’s important they continue to interact in a circle of support. Richard and Sandra’s breakfast scheme ensures they keep their community thriving. Whilst numbers have declined in recent times due to illness and people passing on, the two work hard to ensure their initiate continues to run.
We own 22 sheltered schemes throughout Chelmsford, housing over 1,000 people in a mixture of one and two-bedroom properties. All have communal lounges, a 24-hour emergency alarm call system and dedicated people on hand to help from our organisation. Many have features including guest suites, communal gardens and laundry rooms, to ensure the people who live there can maintain their freedom without having to give up their independence.