A “Holiday at Home” week at Oakvale United Reformed Church, Liverpool, included not only craft activities and a day trip to Llandudno, but also health checks, beauty treatment, and massage.
The programme was designed for older people who might not be able to get away for a traditional holiday – around 35 attended. One of the organisers, church secretary, Isobel Kuypers, said: “We were delighted to welcome many members of the community, who joined our church family for a week of fun and friendship.”
Activities included cake decorating, stone painting, flower arranging and making sea creatures from salt dough – with some interesting creations! Age UK provided health checks, and advice.The week ended with a tea dance at which members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society demonstrated dances and then invited those who were able, to join in.
One message of appreciation said it was a “brilliant idea, brilliantly executed”. Another said: “Thank you, thank you a million times. Please can I come again?”
The event was organised by Oakvale’s elders, using talents available in the church and community.
Photo caption: A group of the Oakvale holidaymakers concentrating in a stone painting session.