Colouring and karaoke bring everyone together

28 February 2020

‘Young Norwood Friends of . . .’ is a new network of young people in the community who are giving their time to socialise with the people we support. And the two groups, established so far, who’ve been visiting our Carlton Avenue and Old Church Lane homes, are enjoying getting to know the residents who live there.

The Young Norwood Friends of Carlton Avenue, headed by Ollie Tenzer, paid their second visit to this Norwood home in Kenton, where everyone enjoyed getting reacquainted again.

Residents Moshe, Tamara and Raymond enjoyed the sensory props as YN volunteers Ally and Sonia read an interactive story about how seeds grow into trees, which was apt with Tu B’Shevat approaching. Arts and crafts followed.

While residents Laurie, Moshe and Raymond created cards with volunteers Gabby, Alex and Tori; Mitzi and Tamara created Purim bunting with YN supporters Ollie, Luke, Ally and Daniel. Ally was very impressed by Mitzi’s artwork, calling her “an amazing colouring factory”.

Meanwhile, karaoke king Laurie had everyone up and dancing with his great rendition of ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody.’

In Stanmore, Young Norwood Friends of Old Church Lane joined the residents there for a two-hour session of karaoke and dancing. Alex, who lives in this supported living home, really got the crowd going with her performance of Céline Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Andrew Cohen, who heads up this group which has gained five new volunteers, said: “It is heart-warming to see the growing relationships between the volunteers and residents of Old Church Lane and the rapport that’s developing between them. One of the new volunteers said socialising with the people Norwood supports made him feel ‘so fulfilled and happy’.”